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Fulpati or Saptami: The Seventh Day of Dashain

Today marks the observance of Fulpati, also known as Saptami, the seventh day of the Bada Dashain festival. As part of this tradition, Fulpati – a collection of auspicious flowers, leaves, and fruits from various plants – is being ceremoniously brought into homes across the country.

How is Fulpati Celebrated?

On the seventh day of the Bada Dashain festival, Fulpati, a collection of flowers, leaves, and fruits from various plants, is ritually anointed at the Dashain Ghar.

In accordance with Vedic traditions, a ceremonial procession brings a selection of offerings, such as flowers, fruits, and leaves, from the historic royal palace in Gorkha to the Hanuman Dhoka palace in Kathmandu. This tradition was initiated in the era of King Prithvi Narayan Shah.

The procession to Hanuman Dhoka from Jamal, which includes the Gurujyuko platoon, the Nepal Army, the Nepal Police, high-ranking officials from the Armed Police and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, along with band music, panchebaja, and a cultural pageantry, is accompanied by the Fulpati.

Fulpati Procession
Phulpati Procession

About the Navapatrika

The Navapatrika, a combination of nine auspicious plants, represents the nine goddesses of Fulpati as follows:

  1. Banana Plant: Symbolizing Goddess Brahmani, bestowing peace.
  2. Pomegranate: Representing Goddess Rakta Dantika, granting fertility.
  3. Rice stalk: A manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth.
  4. Turmeric Plant: Signifying Goddess Durga, the remover of obstacles.
  5. Manabriksha: Representing Goddess Chamunda, dispelling evil.
  6. Ginger Plant: Emblematic of Goddess Kalika, the symbol of power.
  7. Wood Apple: Signifying Goddess Parbati.
  8. Ashok Plant: Representing Goddess Sokarahita, offering relief from suffering.
  9. Jayanti: Symbolizing Goddess Kartiki.

Worshippers adorn Navapatrika outside the house and later bring it into the Dashain Ghar. The time of its placement in the pooja ghar on the seventh day varies based on family tradition. Then the worshippers carry out the Navapatrika Puja. The Fulpati remains in the Dashain Ghar, and is worshipped alongside the jamara initially planted on Ghatasthapana day. On the 10th day, worshippers remove the Navapatrika from the pooja ghar and ceremoniously immerse it in a Holy River. There is also a tradition of performing this immersion on the 15th day along with the jamara.

Nawapatrika
Navapatrika

The Holidays Begin

Starting from Fulpati or Saptami, the seventh day of Dashain, government and private offices shut down, encouraging people to return to their ancestral homes. This respite allows individuals to seek blessings from Durga Bhawani, the goddess of strength, and receive the wisdom and blessings of their elders. This tradition highlights the cultural importance of family, tradition, and respect for the divine during this special time.

Bottom Line

Join in the celebrations and enjoy Dashain to the fullest! While you engage in the spirit of this special occasion, do not forget to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. As you engage in this festive season, may happiness fill your hearts, and may memorable moments fill your holidays. Here’s to a joyous Dashain and a delightful holiday season!

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