Devotees throng Shesh Narayan Temple to observe Haribodhini Ekadashi fair

KATHMANDU: Devotees thronged Shesh Narayan Temple in the southern part of Kathmandu today to observe the 'Haribodhini Ekadashi' fair, today.

People from Kathmandu Valley, Dakshinkali, and surrounding areas visit the shrine early morning to observe the festival dedicated to the Hindu God, Vishnu.

It is believed that upon visiting the temple and worshipping Lord Vishnu or Narayan, devotees will be blessed with happiness and peace in their families, and their wishes will come true, said local social worker, Dilip Sharma.

Haribodhini Ekadashi falls on the eleventh day of Shukla Paksha (waxing moon period) in the Nepali month of Kartik according to the lunar calendar. This day is marked by rituals dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The temple of Shesh Narayan is located around 16 kilometres south of Kathmandu. It is one of the four Narayan temples in the valley.

The Sheshnarayan Temple along with other temples -- Ichangunarayan, Bisankhunarayan and Chagunarayan -- were believed to have been built during the Lichhavi era.

Buddhists also visit the temple to pay homage to the Hindu God.