KATHMANDU: The 10th day of the Bada Dashain festival is being celebrated all over the country today with great enthusiasm by receiving 'tika' and 'jamara' with blessings from elders.
On the day of Vijaya Dashami, today, the Goddess of the festival should be disposed of in rivers and ponds as per religious rituals (bisarjan) at 8:01 am and the auspicious hour of receiving tika is 11:55 am, according to Prof (Dr) Ram Chandra Gautam, President of the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee.Although the auspicious hour for receiving Prasad of Devi has been fixed 11:55 am today as per the requirement of the calendar, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose, Dr Gautam said. The worship of Sri Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika. People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious gifts of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity. It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami. The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.