Kathmandu, Nepal, October 10, 2019: The Hindus around the world are celebrating the Vijaya Dashami, the main and last day of Dashain of this year, with great enthusiasm today by receiving Tika, Jamara and blessings from elders.
Nepal Panchanga Nirnayak Samiti, Calendar Determination Committee of the country, has said that 10:35 am today is the most auspicious time for receiving and offering Bada Dashain Tika.
Although the auspicious hour for receiving and offering Tika has been fixed for 10:35 am today, people can receive and offer Tika from the day of Vijaya Dashami to Kojagrat Purnima.
The Tika made of a mixture of red vermilion, yoghurt and rice and Jamara, the germinated seeds of barley, wheat, corn and rice. Elder member of the family as well as society used to offer Tika and Jamara with blessing as Tika and jamara are considered as most auspicious gifts of Goddess Nava Durga.
During Dashain, over the period of nine days, Goddess Durga and her manifestations are worshipped commemorating the victory of good over evil.
Meanwhile, ‘Maha Nawami’ the ninth day of the ten-day-long Bada Dashain festival, was celebrated with much more fanfare on Monday by worshipping Goddess Durga Bhawani.
During the festival, devotee worshiped of Goddess Durga Bhawani and offer jamara to the goddesses Durga Bhawani at various shrines.
Likewise, Panchabali of male goats, male buffalo, male Sheep, ducks and roosters are also sacrificed at various temples dedicated to the goddesses Durga Bhawani.
The special worship of the goddess with offering animal and bird sacrifices used to be performed as per the scripture mentioned in the Markandeya Purana that the Goddess Chamunda had slain the demon Raktabij on the day of Maha Nawami.
Likewise, those devotees, who do not have the tradition of offering animal or bird sacrifices, offer the sacrifice of fruits and vegetables to the goddess Durga Bhawani. During the Maha Nawami, Hindus also used to recite The Durga Saptasati and Devi Stotra scriptures as well.