Siraha, April 14
The annual fair in Siraha’s Salahesh Fulbaridham was observed today.
The fair is observed every year on the Nepali New Year. On this day, thousands of people visit the Salahesh Fulbaridham in order to see orchid. The flower is believed to bloom only on the day of Nepali New Year. The flower garden is a famous place for lovers.
“The orchid is taken as a token of love between Salahesh, who is often taken as a folk hero in the Mithila region, and his beloved Malini,” said Biridev Dhami, priest at the Salahesh temple. It is said that though Salahesh married some other girl, the love between him and Malini, the daughter of King Birat remained alive.
A version of this article appears in print on April 15, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.