Bala Chaturdashi being observed today

KATHMANDU: Thousands of Hindu devotees from across the country have thronged the Pashupatinath temple to pay homage to their near and dear ones, who died over the last one year, on the occasion of Bala Chaturdashi today.

The day is also called satbij chharne din. Camping under the open sky or tents arranged by the Pashupati Area Development Trust, the bereaved ones observe penance, light oil lamps and keep themselves awake throughout the night, praying for the departed souls to rest in heaven a day before Bala Chaturdashi.

They also sing and dance to hymns in memory of the departed souls.

On this day, early in the morning devotees stroll along the Slesmantak Forest close to the Pashupatinath temple, scattering Satbij (seven varieties of holy grains, fruits and coins).

It has been learned that security personnel have been keeping a tight vigil against pick-pocketing, eve-teasing and robbery.

On the occasion, the Nepal Red Cross Society and other organisations have also been providing mobile health services to the devotees.