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Swasthani festival – a month long observation in Nepal

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Devotees offer prayer by taking a bath on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, Feb. 18.

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A devotee offers prayer by taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu February 18.

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Devotees warm themselves by a fire after taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu Feb 18.

Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

Devotees offer prayer by taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu Feb. 18. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many Hindu households.

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Swasthani puja is one of the important festival of Nepal it is observed in the month of January or February. Goddess Swasthani is worshiped to grant wishes specially to get better husband or wellbeing of their betterhalf. It is a month long festival and every evening the story of Sri Swasthani is recited. The story is based on Lord shiva ( mahadev) and Goddess parvati ( sati devi) and other god and goddess. According to the legendary story it is believed that who perform its rites, will be blessed, washed of sins, and cleansed of curses.