KATHMANDU – Receiving blessings along with tika and jamara from elders and seniors continues on the third day after Bijaya Dashami. According to the Nepal Panchanga Nirnaya Samiti, Dashain festivities will continue until the final sacrifices and offerings are made on the full moon day.
The Samiti also clarified that there is no scriptural truth on the circulations through social media that tika should not be received this Dashain, which happened to fall on the Nepali month of Kartik (17 October onward).
Samiti chair Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam called for everyone to not believe in such misleading dissemination and that tika and jamara can be received and offered during Aswin bright lunar fortnight.
“There is auspicious time for receiving and offering tika and jamara until full moon day (Kogagrat Poornima) by adopting safety measures against the transmission of the coronavirus”, Gautam said. He also underlined the need to investigate into the incident of spreading rumours and misleading people.
In addition, religious leaders and experts have called on the general public to understand the religious assumptions of the cultural festivals and perpetuate their practices accordingly.
Chief of Nepal Sanskrit University Balmiki Vidhyapeeth’s Department of Theology Prof Dr Devmani Bhattarai said that the organized attacks have been made against the Vedic belief system and traditions for the past few years and a heightened level of awareness is needed to cut through such rumours and continue cultural practices.