15 Aug 2019 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy
Janai Purnima is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Bhadra according to the Hindu lunar calendar. On this day, Hindu men from the Brahmin and Chhetri communities take their annual ritual bath and change their “Janai” or sacred thread while people throng Shiva temples in different parts of the country. This day is also celebrated as Raksha Bandhan with people from different communities tying “Doro”, a sacred thread, around their wrist to protect themselves from disease and fear.
The Newar community, meanwhile, celebrates the day as Gunhi Punhi where they have family gatherings and prepare a special dish called Kwati (a soup made from a mix of nine different types of sprouted beans) and other delicacies.
It is also a great opportunity to observe the ancient shaman culture of Nepal as shamans of the Kathmandu Valley and other parts of Nepal gather to perform their ancient rites in places like Kumbeshwar in Patan, Gosainkunda in Langtang and Charikot in Dolakha.