Kathmandu: The Maha Nawami festival is being observed today by offering special worship to Goddess Durga.
‘Jamara’ put for the germination on the day of Ghatasthapana, the first day of the ten-day-long Dashain festival, is offered to Goddesses at different shrines today.
Special worship is performed at Dashainghar and Kota as well as different temples of Goddesses where goats, ducks, pigeons, and buffaloes are sacrificed today. Similarly, Durga Saptashati and Devi Stotra are recited at home as well as in different shrines today.
A large number of devotees gather at various shrines of the country to perform worship today, the last day of Navratri. On this day, security forces also perform kot puja or worship of armories.
Similarly, the Taleju temple located at Hanumandhoka in the federal capital is also open for devotees to pay homage to the Goddess Taleju Bhawani on this day. The people of the Newar community also worship Bhimsen, a Hindu deity, by making animal sacrifices on the occasion of Mahanawami.
The temple remains open throughout the day today and a large number of devotees are expected to visit the shrine. Daily worship and rituals take place in the temple for the remaining 364 days, but it is not open to the public.
Taleju Bhawani, worshipped as the patron deity of the Malla kings who ruled the then Nepal (Kathmandu Valley) from the 12th to 18th century, remains the clan goddess of the Newar community in the Valley.