Tihar is a five day long festival which is also known as Yama Panchak. The festival has marked the celebration of relationship in between the brothers and sisters. The first day of the Tihar is Kaag Tihar and the second day is Kukur Tihar. It is also know


Dcnepal.com - Dog Tihar, October 22, 2014 by Ramhari Subedi

Tihar is a five day long festival which is also known as Yama Panchak. The festival has marked the celebration of relationship in between the brothers and sisters. The first day of the Tihar is Kaag Tihar and the second day is Kukur Tihar. It is also known as Dog Puja. The Dogs are considered to be the messenger of Lord Yamaraj, the God of death. Dogs are worshipped once a year on this day. People offer the garlands to the dogs and provide them delicious food to the dogs. It is also the day to mark the relationship in between the humans and dogs. The day is observed as Narka Chaturdashi. The day is followed by Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja.

The Kukur Puja is observed by offering the delicious food for the dogs as they are those who safeguard the house. It is also a tradition that the dogs are also given the foods on the day.

According to the religious belief, the Kukur Puja is observed on the Krishna Chaturdarshi in which the dogs are given the foods with the belief that two dogs-Shyam and Sabal who play the role of doorkeeper in Yamaraj’s door will leave the way to Yama Lok.

The mythologies have also mentioned that Yudhisthir was also helped by the dog so that he can make journey to heaven. Those who believe on Hindu religion, they provide the food and thus celebrate the festival in happiness.

Dogs are taken as obedient and security maintaining domestic animals. It is also believed that if the dogs are kept in the house, then the people will not get suffered from heart disease and diabetes. In the same, on the occasion of Tihar, the markets are filled with the crowds of people who are in the process of buying and selling the various sorts commodities. Various sorts of commodities which are needed in the Tihar celebration are available in the markets. Sweets, Masala, chocolates, cinnamon, Cashew nuts and fruits are main necessities of the festival. The markets are mostly crowded by the female as they have good knowledge about the various necessities in the festival of lights. In the same, there are also small shops which are also crowded by many people as the small shops are also accessible with many necessary commodities like the garlands of flowers needed on the Bhai Tika. The crowd of people can be seen in the departmental stores to the most popular business Hub of Kathmandu, Asan. PHoto/Video : Luitel Dinesh (DcnepalReporter)

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