October 12: Fulpati, the seventh day of Bada Dashain festival is being observed today (October 12). On the occasion, the Fulpati, a collection of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious, is taken into the homes throughout the country.
As per the tradition, nine different varieties of flowers brought from Gorkha Durbar are kept at the Dashain Ghar in the capital on this day. Six priests of the Magar community carry the flowers from Gorkha to Kathmandu via Dhading. The auspicious flowers and the priests are greeted with gun salute by the Nepalese Army at the Army Pavillion in Tundikhel before the flowers are taken to the Dashain Ghar.
This day is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Saraswati, who is the embodiment of knowledge. It is believed that Goddess Bhavani took the form of Goddess Saraswati on this day to end ignorance through knowledge.
Worshipping Goddess Saraswati is expected to remove all the obstacles that cloud the judgement of the devotees.
The blessings of Goddess Saraswati is vital for all devotees because it is not possible to attain liberation without knowledge. She bestows knowledge and ability to judge in a fair manner.
Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in spring and autumn seasons. Devotees especially worship Goddess Saraswati in autumn to attain power through the means of knowledge.
She is offered with white flowers by the devotees in the morning while they collect nine different flora in the evening at the altar in every home. Therefore this day is also known as Fulpati, a name which derives from flowers.
Although the Dashain festival begins from Ghatasthapana, the first day of the bright half of the lunar calendar in the month of Ashwin (mid-September to mid-October), the festival sees special fervor from the day of Fulpati. By this day, all government and private offices are closed and most of the people leave the capital to celebrate the festival at their ancestral home.
On the occasion of Fulpati, the Nepalese Army organises a parade at Tundikhel ground that includes gun firing. The army parade is observed by the head of the state and other government officials every year.
(With inputs from RSS)