Kathmandu: The 10th day of the 15-day Dashain festival, Bijaya Dashami, is being celebrated across Nepal and in other countries with Nepali communities on Tuesday. This day holds significant importance as it marks the pinnacle of the biggest festival in Nepali Hindu culture, celebrated annually.
As part of the festivities, individuals are receiving tika on their foreheads and jamara on their heads from elders in the family, seeking blessings from goddess Durga. According to the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee (NCDC), the most auspicious time for receiving tika and jamara today was at 11:02 am. However, the entire day is auspicious for receiving tika.
President Ram Chandra Paudel, Vice-President Ram Sahaya Yadav, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and other prominent political figures have conveyed their heartfelt greetings for Bijaya Dashami to the public. Also, President Paudel is set to offer tika and jamara to the public at Sheetal Niwas.
The worship of Sri Durga Bhawani at Dasainghars for nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the abhishekh or sprinkling of holy water takes place which marks the beginning of tika. People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious gifts of the goddess Nawa Durga and they signify prosperity.
It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign, or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami. The Bijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.