Covid-19: Nepal’s Taleju Bhawani Temple opens for devotees after 2 years


Kathmandu: Long, meandering lines stretched to every possible corner of Basantapur’s Durbar Square since early Thursday morning when the Taleju Bhawani Temple reopened its doors to devotees after a two-year gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inaugurated once a year on Maha Navami day, Taleju Bhawani is considered the main goddess of Newa, also considered the savior of children.
However, this year the doors were reopened early in the morning after administering vaccines to people living in the main urban areas of Nepal and depleting the number of COVID-19 cases.
Along with the beatings, the Basantapur Durbar Square Oversight Office in coordination with local clubs this year distributed masks and disinfectants to devotees visiting the temple.
“Last year it was closed. I am happy to visit the temple this year,” said Nilkantha Gautam, a devotee to ANI after visiting the temple.
The Taleju Bhawani temple located within the Hanumandhoka Durbar area opens only on the day of Mahanawami or Ashwin Shukla Navami (the ninth day of the month of Asoj according to the lunar calendar) each year.
Meanwhile, the goddess Tulaja Bhawani was brought in the middle of a ritual procession to the Mulchowk area of ​​the Hanumandhoka Durbar area at the auspicious time of 7:11 a.m. on Thursday morning, the time was set by the Determination Committee of the Nepal Calendar.
The statue of the Goddess will be kept in Mulchowk, where a special puja will be offered at midnight on Nawami day sacrificing 54 male goats and 54 male buffalo.
The great statue of the goddess Taleju is placed in Mulchowk and is worshiped until the day of Vijaya Dashami. It is brought to the sanctum sanctorum temple on the morning of Vijaya dashami in the middle of a religious procession.
“I feel extremely happy; the queue also advanced without any hindrance. The fear of Covid-19 infection also seems to have decreased with the fall in cases. I pray for the end of the coronavirus and the protection of everyone and their health,” added. Ram Kumari Baniya, another devotee told ANI.
The ancient temple dating back to the Malla era opens only on the ninth day of the crescent moon in the month of Asoj according to the lunar calendar.
At present, a special worship to Durga Bhawani is performed on the occasion of the Mahanawami and the ‘jamara’ that has germinated in various shrines is offered to the goddesses.
Male goats, ducks, roosters and buffalo are sacrificed in various temples dedicated to the Goddesses. Those who do not sacrifice animals or birds, offer fruits and vegetables to the Goddess.
The writings of Durga Saptasati and Devi Strota are also recited at home and in temples on this day. As mentioned in the Markandeya Purana, the goddess Chamunda had killed the demon Raktabij on the day of Maha Navami.
On this day, the security forces also perform what is called ‘kot puja’ or armory worship.

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