Swasthani Brata Katha Festival (14 pics)




Nepalese devotee women take a holy bath after offering prayers in Pashupathinath Temple premise during the month-long Swasthani Bratakatha festival, devoted to goddess Shree Swasthani in Kathmandu on February 8, 2016. Devotees recite Holy Scripture and women pray for wellbeing of their spouses throughout the month-long fast. (Photo by Skanda Gautam via ZUMA Wire)

Swasthani Brata Katha Festival

Nepalese Hindu women cover themselves with plastic sheet and take cover as it rains during Swasthani

Nepalese Hindu women cover themselves with plastic sheet and take cover as it rains during Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, February 8, 2016. During this festival, devotees recite holy scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swathing and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray to get a good husband while those married pray for the longevity of their husbands by observing a month-long fast. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo)

The feet of a devotee is pictured as he offer prayer at the bank of Bagmati River after taking a hol

The feet of a devotee is pictured as he offer prayer at the bank of Bagmati River after taking a holy bath at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees holding water pots wait to fill holy water at the bank of Bagmati River after taking a holy

Devotees holding water pots wait to fill holy water at the bank of Bagmati River after taking a holy bath at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath in the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple during

Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath in the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees fill their vessels with water, which is considered by them to be holy, from the Bagmati Riv

Devotees fill their vessels with water, which is considered by them to be holy, from the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees holding water pots wait to fill holy water at the bank of Bagmati River after taking a holy

Devotees holding water pots wait to fill holy water at the bank of Bagmati River after taking a holy bath at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees take cover as it rains during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival at Pashupatinath Temple in

Devotees take cover as it rains during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A devotee splashes water towards other devotees after taking a holy bath at Pashupatinath Temple dur

A devotee splashes water towards other devotees after taking a holy bath at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

An offering floats on the Bagmati River during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival at Pashupatinath T

An offering floats on the Bagmati River during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees return after taking a holy bath at Bagmati River in Pashupatinath Temple during the Swastha

Devotees return after taking a holy bath at Bagmati River in Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath in the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple during

Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath in the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees gather near the bank of the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple to offer prayers during t

Devotees gather near the bank of the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple to offer prayers during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath in the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple during

Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath in the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)




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