Dashain, seventh day of Phulpati - Nepal

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Dashain, seventh day of Phulpati - Nepal

Phulpati - History and Celebration

The navapatriva for phulpati are carried by the helpers from the royal Dashain Ghar of Gorkha via the ancient route upot Jeevanpur in Dhading district. The person carrying the phulpati dives in the rging Budhi Gandaki River instead of walking on the bridge above it or taking a boat ot cross the mighty river. The person belives that he has the blessing of Goddes Shakti and no harm will come his way.

Of the nine days of Navaratra, the first day of Ghatasthapana, the seventh day of Phulpati, the eight day Maha Astami and the ninth day Maha Nawami are of special significance in the 10 day Nepali Hindu festivals of Dashain. In addition to the everyday regular rituals, special rituals are performed on these days. The worshippers do navapatrika puja, also known more popularly as phulpati, on the seventh day to ask the goddess for forgiveness for the sins committed by the family members and put an end to their difficulties and misfortunes and to bless the family with peace and well-being.
Preparation for the Phulpati puja begins from the sixth day of the Navaratra. On this day, a pair of bel (wood apple) hanging from the bel tree itself is consecrated. If a tree is not available, then pair of bel is kept in the southern corner of one's household and worshiped. Bel fruit represdents goddess Shree or prosperity, one of the many manifestations of goddess Laxmi. On the seventh day or Phulpati, the above- mentioned pair of bel along with eight other plants is taken inside the Dashain Ghar or the allocated room where the Navaratra Puja is solemnized.
The nine plants- banana, dadim, dhanko bala, haledo, manabriksha, kachuki, belpatra, ashok, and jayanti are collective called navapatrika. Each of the plants represents a specific manifestation of Goddess Shakti. Banana plant represents Goddess Brahmande, who bestows peace. Pomegranate (dadim) represents Goddess Rakta Dantika who helps and blesses the worshipper. In rich stalk (dhanko bala) lives Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Goddess Durga is supposed to grace the turmeric plant (haledo) and put and end to bighna-s or obstacles. Ginger plant (aduwa) represents Goddess Kalika who blesses the mortals. In bel plant lives shiva, and is the favourite fruit of Lords Bishnu and Shiva. Similarly, in the ashok plant resides Goddess shokaha Jayanti represents Goddess Kartikeya whi is revered by all Gods.
Some people take the navapatrika or nine plants inside the Dashain Ghar in the morning, some during the midday and some in the evening, all depending on their individual family traditions. Agter thi, navapatrika Puja is carried out . On this day, Saraswoti, the goddess of learning and knowledge is also worshiped. Besides this, people following different occupations, bring the tools of their trades inside the Dashain Ghar and worship them and take them out on the 10th day only. Students or people associated with learning and teaching do uja of their books. business people venerate their scales or thier ledgets, similarly, tailors venerate their sewing machines and blacksmiths their hamers and anvils.
In the villages, even today, tailors, blacksmiths and shoemakers don't work for three days, the seventh, eight, and ninth, of Navaratra.

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Dashain festival at Durbar Square in Patan

People waiting for Taleju temple near Durbar Square

Blessed car

The after mentioned Phulpati rituals are followed by commoners. Rituals for royal Phulpati is performed in grandeur scale. The nine holy plants are brought from the Dashain Ghar in the Gorkha Durbar, the ancient Shah stronghold since the days of King Drabys Shah. The place is considered immensely auspicious for the Shah dynasty. Some say that due to this reason, the tradition of navaratra puja and ghatasthapana in the Dashain Ghar of the old palace is performed even today in grand scale and phulpati is brought to Kathmandu from this sanctum.
The navapatriva for phulpati are carried by the helpers from the royal Dashain Ghar of Gorkha via the ancient route upot Jeevanpur in Dhading district. The person carrying the phulpati dives in the rging Budhi Gandaki River instead of walking on the bridge above it or taking a boat ot cross the mighty river. The person believes that he has the blessing of Goddes Shakti and no harm will come his way. A group of assistant priests from the royal Dashain Ghar of Basantapur place of Kathmandu will be waiting for this person in Dhading to carry the phulpate to Kathmandu. They bring it to Jamal and from there the phulpati reveives elaborate and royal treatment. It is placed in a palanquin under a gold-tipped ornate umbrella. Here, the phulpati is welcomed by the Royal Nepalese Army, Nepal poloce and government didgnitaries . After this an army platoon of the royal priest leads the phulpato parade to Hanumandhola Place.
While the procession is on its way to Hanumandhoka, the king witnesses the ceremonies taking place in Tundikhel, the army parade gournds. Guns and cannons are fired to honor the phulpati. By the time the functions of phulpati, also known as phulpati badai, is over, the phulkpati procession will reach Hanumandhoka Palace. The king also proceeds to Nasal Chowk (courtyard) of this palace and pay homage to Nava Durga, the nine shakti goddesses. With this ends the phulpati ceremonies.

 

 

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