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Kukur Tihar and Narake Chaturdashi being observed today

A Girl plays with her dog after performing puja during Kukur Tihar Dog Festival as the procession of Tihar celebrations at Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Tihar is a hindu festival celebrated in Nepal for 5 days. Nepalese people worship dog, feed delicious food on second day of tihar. Dog is a trustworthy guard of human being. Tihar mark as the festival of lights, as people decorats their resident by using various flower garlands, oil lamps and colourful light bulbs. (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

KATHMANDU:-  Kukur Tihar, the festival of dogs, is being celebrated at every household today, to mark the second day of Yamapanchak of the Tihar festival. Tihar is the second biggest festival of the Nepali Hindus.
Dog, which is an animal well known for being trustworthy sentry as well as faithful companion of humans since ancient times, is worshipped once a year on this day. People worship the dog, garland it and offer delicious food today.
This day is also called Narak Chaturdashi. People take holy dips in rivers and ponds at sunrise on this day in observance of the Narak Chaturdashi. After taking the holy bath, devotees light what is known as the Yamadeep facing it southwards.
This lamp is later released in the river and there is the belief that by doing this one would not have to go to the Narak or hell after death.
Dog, which is said to have accompanied Dharmaraj Yudhisthir on his journey to heaven in the mythological grand epic Mahabharat, has a close relationship with mankind. The tihar festival this year is being observed with caution in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

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