Kathmandu, November 10
Kukur Tihar, second day of the five-day-long Tihar festival, was observed today by worshipping, garlanding and feeding dogs.
According to a Hindu myth, dogs are regarded as guards of Yamaraj, the god of death. Tihar is considered to be of great importance as it shows reverence to not only humans and gods, but also to animals like crows, cows and dogs, who maintain an intense relationship with humans.
Nepal Police celebrated Kukur Tihar in Central Dog Training School, Maharajgunj amid a special function. The dogs in the school were offered garlands, tika and foods to acknowledge the cherished relationship with humans.
Dog service in Nepal Police was started by sending some police officers to Malaysia for dog training in 2026 BS, when the officers brought back four trained dogs from there. Nepal Police boasts a total of 65 trained dogs.
Meanwhile, tomorrow is Laxmi Puja, the third day of Tihar, when people worship Goddess Laxmi wishing for prosperity in personal life as well as business.
People also start playing deusi-bhailo in the neighbouring houses following the puja. Government has announced a three-day public holiday for the festival.
A version of this article appears in print on November 11, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.