CHAITRA DASHAI

CHAITRA DASHAI

The Dashain of March is recognized as Chaitra Dashain as it falls on the last month of the Nepali calendar called Chait. The major Dashain is for 15 days while Chaitra Dashain or Chaite Dashain lasts for two days only.

 

The reason behind the celebration of Chaite Dashain is the victory of Rama, the central character of the epic Ramayana, over the demon Ravana with the help of Goddess Durga or Bhagawati. The second day of Chaite Dashain is celebrated as Ram Navami as the festival to celebrate the success of Rama.

Chaite Dashain falls on the eighth day or Ashtami of the month followed by Ram Navami. The festival is extreme around the temples of Lord Ram. Out of several temples in Nepal, Ram Janaki Temple of Janakpur is the most vibrant one during the festival. Chaite Dashain is also recognized as Chaite Ashtami or Sano Dashami.

 

Chaite Dashain was celebrated as extremely as the Bada Dashain of September-October. But after consuming a lot of food at the event, people started getting several aches and diseases because digestion is difficult on hot days, so people transferred the festival to spring when the weather is perfect and full of joy.

 

Families gather together and enjoy several meals on this day. The Goddess Durga, a symbol of power, prosperity, and victory over evil, is worshipped with the sacrification of animals like goats, water buffalo, chicken, ducks, etc. The sacrificed animal becomes the prasad, which is ultimately the major part of the grand feast of the day. Animal sacrifice mainly takes place in Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur Durbar square in Bhaktapur as major places. The temples are decorated and the crowd of Hindus surrounds the temples who come to receive god luck and fortune from Devi.