Hindus throng temples on Ram Nawami

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 17:

Ram Nawami, one of the biggest festivals of the Hindus, was celebrated with religious fervour and piety here today. Devotees thronged the temples dedicated to Lord Ram in the city. Ram Mandirs witnessed huge crowd from early morning. The temple organisers had made arrangements for first-aid services and drinking water. The volunteers and scouts served the devotees at various temples.The organisers at Shree Ram Mandir in Battisputali had geared up to serve more than one lakh devotees. According to Govinda Tandon, the temple’s member secretary, over 80,000 devotees had visited the temple last year. Shree Ram Mandir at Battisputali had organised a three-day programme. On the first and second days, the Ramayana was read out, followed by a peace rally from Battisputali to Pashupati which concluded at Battisputali. Ram Nawami, is celebrated in honour of King Ram. Goddess Durga is also worshipped on this occasion. It is said that Dashain festival used to be celebrated at this time. But people could not devote time for the celebrations as they had to harvest crops. So they started celebrating his festival in September-October. Lord Ram was able to kill Ravana due to the blessings of Goddess Durga.