Nepal | March 25, 2019

Pictured: Bel Vivaha ritual in Kathmandu

THT Online

KATHMANDU: The customary ritual of Bel Vivaha, also called Ihi in Nepal Bhasha, was carried out in Bhaktapur on Sunday, with scores of pre-adolescent girls of Newar community taking part in it.

As per this ancient tradition, Newar girls are married to the fruit of Bel –wood apple — as Lord Vishnu’s symbol. It is believed that girls, married to Bel, would attain fertility and prosperity.

Here are some photographs that our photojournalist Skanda Gautam captured in Bhaktapur.



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