Hindus celebrate “Vijaya Dashami” with Tika and Barley grass
Kathmandu, October 15. The 10th day of the Bada Dashain festival is being celebrated all over the country today with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and blessings from elders.
On the day of Bijaya Dashami, today, the Goddess of the festival should be disposed of in rivers and ponds as per religious rituals (bisarjan) at 8.19 am and the auspicious hour of receiving tika is 10.2 am, according to Prof Shree Krishna Adhikari, President of the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee.
Although the auspicious hour for receiving Prasad of Devi has been fixed at 10.2 am today as per the requirement of the calendar, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose, Prof Adhikari said.
The worship of Sri Durga Bhawani at Dasainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishekh or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.
People receive tika and barley grass till the next full moon day. Tika and barley grass 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.
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