The Majhi community living on the banks of the Koshi River observed its river-worship ritual today.

The community, which considers itself the worshipper of nature, offered puja to the river at a special event.

The community here worships the river in the form of a festival every year on the third Tuesday of the month of Falgun (according to the Bikram Sambat calendar).

To observe the ritual, Majhis of all Majhi settlements in the district reach the Tamakoshi River near their homes to offer puja.

The Majhis march to the river playing traditional musical instrument and offer puja by sacrificing different animals and fowls.

"We have been living on the riverfront for years, so it's our age-old tradition to worship the river, in the faith that such worship will spare us from disaster," said Balkrishna Majhi of Gaikhura, Manthali Municipality, Ramechhap.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 3, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.