Hari Bodhini Ekadashi: Crowds of devotees in Narayan temples around the nation, particular worship of Tulsi


Kathmandu, 29 Kartik. Devotees have been flocking to Narayan temples across the country since this morning on the day of Kartik Shukla Ekadashi or Hari Bodhini Ekadashi.

There is a religious belief that Lord Vishnu, who slept in the ocean of milk on the day of Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi, is awake today. Devotees have been flocking to the Narayan Temple since morning to worship Lord Vishnu who is awake today.

Devotees have flocked to the Changunarayan, Sheshnarayan, Ichangunarayan and Bishangkhunarayan temples in the valley. These Narayan temples are called Char Narayan. There is a belief that if one worships and pays homage to Char Narayan on the same day, one’s aspirations will be fulfilled. Therefore, devotees from far and wide come to worship and pay homage to the four Narayans by reserving vehicles.

It is believed that those who are unable to visit the Char Narayan will go to the Budhanilkantha Narayansthan in the northern part of the valley to worship and pay homage. In Budhanilkantha, idols of Hari and Har, i.e. Vishnu and Shiva, are erected on the same large stone. Mahant Nigmananda Swami informed the RSS that a crowd of devotees had gathered at the temple since 4 am.

Arrangements have been made for millions of devotees to visit Narayansthan today. A special fair will be held in Budhanilkantha from today till Kartik Shukla Purnima. There is a supernatural idol of Lord Narayan sleeping on the water tank. This statue attracts a large number of internal and external tourists.

On the day of Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi, Ropi Puja was started in the mouth of the house. This morning, the followers of Vedic Sanatan Dharma bathe and fast. Today, only fruits are eaten without eating rice dishes. According to Prof. Dr. Ram Chandra Gautam, former chairman of the Nepal Panchang Adjudicating Committee and theologian, there is a scriptural promise that the four-month fast will end after the ritual is performed at the Tulsi monastery.

Similarly, devotees have been flocking to the Narayan Temple in the Narayanhiti Durbar Museum premises since morning, said priest Shiva Prasad Poudel. Similarly, Nepalis are worshiping Tulsi from house to house today. Today, Tulsi is married to Damodar with special pooja.

On this occasion, Nagarjuna Municipality of Kathmandu has given a public holiday in the city saying that a special fair will be held at Ichangunarayan Temple. It is said that Budhanilkantha and Dakshinkali municipalities have also decided to grant public leave today. RASAS FILE PHOTO





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