Showing posts with label Tihar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tihar. Show all posts

BHAI TIKA - A True Celebration of Women Empowerment in ‪‎Gorkhali‬ Society 

8:04 AM

Writes: Bal Krishna 

While in majority of the communities across South Asia - Rakhi is seen as one of the most important festivals, for Gorkhalis its Bhai Tika... and we believe that no other festival in the world celebrates female empowerment more than Bhai Tika.

In Rakhi, the sister ties the string of faith on her brother, and he in turn promises to protect her. In Bhai Tika its just the opposite. Its not the brother protecting the sister, but rather the sister protecting her brother.

So how did it all Began? 

This is a story told to us by our Boju and she would tell us this story every Bhai Tika, so I am sharing the same... 

A long long time ago, a Kirat King was on his death bed and Yamaraj had come to take him to the next realm. However, the king's sister would not let her younger brother die just yet. So she pleaded with Yamaraj to spare her brother's life, but Yamaraj would not listen to her. 

She kept on pleading, but Yamaraj instead of hearing her plea, started to get angry at her and later became infuriated. 

So Yamaraj in anger took the King with him towards Patal lok... but the Sister refused to give up. So she challenged Yamaraj to a duel. 

Yamaraj was livid, being challenged by a woman and tried to brush her off, but the sister held her ground and told Yamaraj, "I am not moving... either you have to kill me or spare my brother's life." 

Infuriated, Yamaraj accepted the challenge and dueled with the Sister.

Yamarj being the God of death was mighty and powerful, and all that sister had on her side was her love for her brother and conviction that she would prevail.

The fight lasted for a long time, and Yamaraj was surprised that try as he could he was unable to defeat this woman.

Towards the end, Yamaraj made a mistake and lifted his hand too high, the Sister took her chance and struck him through the gap. 

The blow could have killed any ordinary person, but as her opponent was Yamaraj, he did not die... however Yamaraj's head was cut open and erupted in blood, due to the strong blow meted out by the Sister.

Stunned, Yamaraj pleased and impressed with the valour and conviction of the sister told her, "Ok... I won't take your brother with me now.. you can take your brother back, but this cannot go on forever... he will have to die someday, as that is the Law of Nature..." 

The sister was relieved... In addition to being brave, she was a smart thinker... so she said, "I will set some conditions and when that condition is fulfilled only then you can take my brother." 

Yamraj said, "As you wish..."

These are the conditions the sister set

"1. You cannot take my brother away, unless the Tika I put on him fades away." 

Yamraj said "Ok..."

The sister put Paanch Rangi Tika’ consisting of five colours (red, green, blue, yellow and white) on the forehead of their brother. This way the Tika took forever to fade and her brother continued to live.

"2. You cannot take my brother away, unless the circle I draw around him dries out"

Yamaraj said "Ok"

The sister used Oil instead of water to draw the circle around her brother, which took forever to dry out, and her brother continued to live.

"3. You cannot take my brother away, unless the garland of flower I put on him wilts"

Yamaraj said "Ok"

The sister used Makhmali phool [Globe amaranth] to make the garland, and since this flower lasts and never wilts her brother continued to live forever. 

It is said that Yamaraj could take the brother, only after his sister grew very old and died before him. 

This, as our boju used to tell us, was why we do the rituals we do on bhai tika... 

The Okhar (walnut) which our sisters break today is supposed to symbolize the breaking of Yamaraj's head in that epic battle... so every year our sisters send a signal to Yamaraj... don't come near my brother, else what I did to this Okhar could very easily happen to you. 

I personally find this story very powerful and this legend very symbolic of the fact that in Gorkhali community, the woman have not only been equal, but also more stronger, more daring, more loving and caring than the men. 

So here's to all the Sisters... THANK YOU FOR BEING YOURSELVES... 


[P.S: Dedicated to my sisters... thanks for all the love]

Via TheDC

Kohima Gorkha community celebrated pre-Tihar (Diwali)

10:52 AM
The Kohima Gorkha community today celebrated pre-Tihar (Diwali), the festival of lights under the aegis of Gorkha Public Panchayat Kohima within its office complex in Chandmari here.

Gracing the celebration as the chief guest, OSD Municipal Affairs Department Nagaland, Sanju Pandey expressed the hope that the celebrations would spread the message of brotherhood and oneness amongst all the community.

He also appreciated the GPP for organising the celebrations with a view to uphold the cultural identity and also pass it on to the younger generation.  Pandey also extended festive greetings and best wishes to the people.

Guest of honour, Dy SP PHQ, Jibon Pradhan expressed hope that peace will reign the society with the celebration of tihar.

Earlier, the guests also lighted the diwali lights along with GBs and presidentsof various Gorkha NGOs in the state capital.
 Kohima Gorkha community celebrated pre-Tihar (Diwali)
 Kohima Gorkha community celebrated pre-Tihar (Diwali)
Assistant General Secretary of GPP Chanda Rai delivered the welcome address while tihar greeting was extended by GPPK president Santu Thapa. Significance of tihar was shared by GPPK general secretary Suresh Kumar Lama. Special number was presented by Samir Thapa while Gorkha Sahitya Kala Sanstha Kohima Chandra Kumar Lama tendered the vote of thanks.  

The main highlights of the program were dramatise act on tihar, Gorkha traditional fashion show, cultural dances, performance by Tashi Dolma Lama, finalist of Dancing Stars of Nagaland, Kamal Chettri, 1st runners-up and Kezevinuo Sogotsu, finalist Amazing Voice of Nagaland, bands of Gorkha NGOs, individual artists.  

Tihar is a five-day Hindu festival celebrated by Nepalese/Gorkhas that honors different animals on successive days. The third day of the festival, Lakshmi Puja, dedicated to the goddess of wealth, is known as Diwali.


Kukur (dog) Tihar or Kukur Puja

10:27 AM
About Kukur Tihar 
Kukur (dog) Tihar or Khicha Puja by the Newars, is celebrated on the second day of the five-day Tihar festival by the Gorkhas. Kukar-Tihar is day of worship and appreciation of dogs by the Gorkhas around the globe. Tihar in Gorkha community represents the divine attachment between Human and other animals.
Kukur (dog) Tihar or Kukur Puja
Kukur (dog) Tihar or Kukur Puja 
Why Do We Observe Kukur (dog) Tihar?
Dog is believed to be messenger of Lord Yamaraj , the God of death, by the Gorkhas. Hence God the messenger of the God of death is worshiped once a year on this day. It is said dog can see endangers and the death coming.

Kukur, the dog, Puja  is observed by putting a red tika on dog’s forehead and flower (saipatri) garland around the neck offering him foods and sel roti to acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and the dogs. Generally male dogs are worshiped. 

Kaag Tihar or Kaag Puja (काग तिहार)

9:57 AM
About Kaag Tihar or Kaag Puja
Tihar (Nepali: तिहार) (Diwali) is the 5 days Gorkha festival which starts with the Kaag Tihar (Nepali: काग तिहार) or Kaag Puja (worshipping of the Crow). On this day the Gorkhas follow Kag Puja (worship of the crows) by offering sweets and dishes to the crows on the roof of their houses.
Kaag Tihar or Kaag Puja  (काग तिहार)
Kaag Tihar or Kaag Puja  (काग तिहार)
Why do We Worship Crows.
Tihar in Gorkha community represents the divine attachment between Human and other animals. Crow is considered as the messenger of hindu God Yamaraj.The cawing of the crows symbolizes sadness and grief in the Hindu mythology, so the devotees offer the crows food to avert grief and deaths in their homes.

Kaag Tihar or Kaag Puja is celebrated by the Gorkhas in India and around the globe.

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