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Janai Purnima/ Rakshybandhan/ Gunhi Punhi

Janai Purnima is a Hindu festival observed throughout Nepal. Janai Purnima/ Rakshybandhan/ Gunhi Punhi is celebrate on the same day.

This includes a variety of rituals such as renewing Janai, getting Rakhsyabandhan, visiting various Kundas, enjoying Kwati, and spending time with family members.

It is extremely important in Nepali culture. This celebration is in August, on the full moon day of the Shrawan or Bhadra month according to the Nepali calendar. Shamans assemble in the Kathmandu Valley and other parts of Nepal. They perform ancient rituals at sites such as Kumbeshwar in Patan, Gosaikunda in Langtang, and Charikot in Dolakha.

Threads on the basket for janai purnima

Janai Purnima

Tagadhari Hindus,” those who wear the Janai (sacred thread), change their Janai after shaving their hair and taking holy dips in rivers and ponds on this occasion. Priests tie threads “Doro” across their wrists as well. Dora is consider to be a protective symbol because it is sanctify by Vedic mantras. Shrawani Purnima, Kwati Purnima, Rishi Purnima, and Rakshya Bandhan are all names for the festival.
Devotees in the Kathmandu Valley visit Pashupatinath and Kumbheswor in Lalitpur to worship Lord Shiva. Religious fairs also take place in Rasuwa’s Gosaikunda, Jumla’s Triveni, and other Hindu sites. This day is the Rakhi festival in the Tarai region, reinforcing the link of love between sisters and brothers.

Aesthetic picture of rakhshya bandhana

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi, is an important event, on this day by both Hindus and Jains in Nepal’s Terai area. The phrase “Raksha Bandhan” means “bond of protection,” where “Raksha” means “protection” and “Bandhan” means “close connection.”

This holiday is of special significance for brothers and sisters. Sisters gather with their biological brothers, cousins, or even close friends who act as adopted brothers on this auspicious day to tie a rakhi around their brother’s wrist. The rakhi is a delicately craft band that represents their tie. Following the tying of the rakhi, brothers and sisters join together in prayer.

Kwati after sprouting.

Gunhi Punhi

Janai Purnima, also known as Kwati Purnima or Gunhi Punhi, is a culturally significant holiday in Nepal, mostly among the Newari community. However, in recent years, this event grew into an occasion of joy observed in many homes. Kwati takes center stage on this particular day and is a savory delicious feast with family members.

Kwati is a filling soup made from nine different types of sprouting beans. Black gram, chickpea, field bean, soybean, green gram, field pea, garden pea, cowpea, and rice bean are all methodically steeped for several days until they sprout. They are sprouted and cooked with a variety of aromatic spices to make a hearty and tasty soup.

Conclusion

This entire day represents unconditional support and protection for one another, regardless of the circumstances.  Although the exact dates change each year, the event usually takes place around this time of year. Janai Purnima/ Rakshybandhan/ Gunhi Punhi falls on August 31, which is a Thursday this year.

This event holds historical and mythological significance for the entire Hindu community. A story is told in the epic Mahabharata about Lord Krishna injuring his finger while using his heavenly weapon. Draupadi used a part of her saree to treat his wound at this time. Krishna promised her always protection as a result of her compassionate gesture. He kept his word, especially after Draupadi was publicly humiliated at Hastinapur’s royal court.

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