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Krishna Janmastami and Gaura Parva on Thursday

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Krishna Janmastami and Gaura Parva will be observed in the nation on Thursday. According to Hindu calendar, it falls on the Ashtami tithi, the eight day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of Bhadra.

In this occassion, the hindu devotees all over the country throng the temples of Krishna to worship Hindu’s favorate god.

The devotees observe a fast and sing devotional songs dedicated to Krishna until midnight. Lord Krishna, an avatar of god Vishnu was born in midnight.

The night of this day is also called manmohak. And the next day is called Krishna puja where devotees gather and the statue of Krishna is taken out in the town for the Jatra or carnival.

On this day, special religious ceremony takes place at Krishna Mandir of Patan, Lalitpur.

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Crowd of People in Krishna Mandir of Patan, Lalitpur.

On the same day, in the far-western region of the country, Gaura Parva is observed too. The festival is celebrated on the occassion of the wedding of Goddess Gaura and Lord Maheswore. Gauri is one of the many manifestations of Goddess Parvati, and Lord Maheswore is one of many incarnations of Lord Shiva. Thus, Gaura Parva is the celebration of the divine wedding. Gaura Parva is also known by other names such as Gauri, Gaura and Gamara.

In the mid and far western regions of Nepal and adjoining areas of India, people celebrate this festival for six days beginning on the fifth day and ending on the tenth day of the bright fortnight or dark fortnight in Bhadra (August-September) in the Vikram calendar depending on the position of planets at that time.
Mostly women perform offerings to Goddess Gauri and God Maheswore on the occasion of the Gaura Parva. Men assist women in putting together all items of offerings, and in performing worship to these deities. Men participate in dancing, singing and merrymaking on equal footing with women. Women take the fast believing that the deities will bless them with children and happy lives.