A devotee performs a ritual at the Pashupatinath Temple during the Bala Chaturdashi festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 25, 2019. Devotees celebrated the festival by lighting oil lamps a whole night and scattering seven types of grains in early morning at the temple.
According to Pashupati Area Development Trust, devotees from across Nepal have congregated at one of the most scared places of Hindus on the occasion of Bala Chaturdashi. The day is also called Satbij chharne din.
Camping under the open sky or in tents arranged by the Pashupati Area Development Trust , the bereaved ones observed penance for the whole night lighting oil lamps and keeping themselves awake throughout the night, praying for the departed souls to rest in heaven. They also sang hymns and danced in the memory of the deceased kin.
Bala Chaturdashi or Satbij Charni Ausi is observed at Sleshmantak forest,scattering satbij (seven varieties of holy grains, fruits and coins).Sleshmantak forest is situated to the other side across the Bagmati river by the Pashupatinath Temple.
Devotees, young and elderly alike, go around Panchaganesh, Aadinarayan, Parthilshila, Jayanabgala, Rajrajeshwori, Bhasmeshwor, Kotilingeshwor, Rudrangeshwor, Bashuki temple, Harineshwor, Bhagalbhugal, Kiranteshwor, Gaurighat, Guheshwori, Gupteshwor, Namobuddha, Bahiro Ganesh, Bishworup and finally to Aryaghat, scattering satbij.
Legend has it that, every single grain scattered is as valuable as its weight in gold. The pashupati Area Development Trust has made special arrangements for the devotees.
According to pashupati Area Development Trust officials, more than 200,000 pilgrims are expected to visit the holy site by tomorrow.
Bala Chaturdashi falls on Marga Krishna Chaturdashi. It is during late November or early December in English calendar.