Gaura Parva Biruda Parva: Worshiping Shiva Parvati Along with Ganesh
Doti – Gaura Parva is the festival which celebrates in the month of Bhadra, according to Nepali calendar Means (August/September). Especially Most of the Midwest and far-west parts of Nepal celebrate this festival. It starts from the day of Krishna Janmashtami (birth of Lord Krishna) and lasts for three days observing by worshiping Shiva and Parvati along with Ganesh.
The Major part of this festival is Deuda Dance, In this dance, participants hold hands and form a circle as they stepped to traditional music. Apart from the many ceremonies that happen during this festival, it is the occasion for married women to put on the sacred thread.
Gaura Parva in Far-west Nepal
The Hindu peoples of Far-western and Mid-western part of Nepal have celebrated the Gaura. There are many beliefs regarding the Gaura, mainly this day, the women worship goddess Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva for their husbands’ health and long age. This day women are collects in the temples of the goddess to prays and worship with Biruda. Then after returning from the temple those fasting women bless their keens with Biruda, it is supposed to give them long life and health.
Meanwhile, They sing and dance is called Deuda is one type of music having a variety of genre including Thadi Bhakha, Raheri and other. Specially Deuda is famous in the Far-western and Mid-western part of Nepal.
On the day of Krishna, Janmashtami women keep fasting. Later they form a grass-made idol of Shiva and Parvati. They also offer a mixture of five kinds of grains, known as Panchbirudi. This festival is also called Biruda Parva, by reason of Panchabirudi and women put on new clothes and enjoy singing their traditional songs.
People have believed that this festival is celebrating for the last four centuries in memory of Satidevi’s bodily sacrifice to the burning altar and her re-birth from Himalaya Parvat.
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