Matatirtha Aunshi: Lockdown affects celebration

Matatirtha Aunshi celebration in Matatirtha of Kathmandu. File image

Kathmandu, April 23

Today is Matatirtha Aunshi (also called Aamako Mukh Herne Din), a special day dedicated to Mothers, a day when Hindus worship mothers by conducting different rituals.

On this day, sons and daughters visit their mothers and gift various delicacies and garments among others.

Likewise, people gather at Matatirtha, on the outskirts of Kathmandu close to Thankot, to pay homage to mothers, who have left this world. Hundreds of people visit the holy site on this day every year.

However, the nationwide lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus outbreak in the country has affected the celebrations this year. The Matatirtha Festival has been postponed. People have not been able to visit their mothers due to transport suspension.

Chandragiri municipality’s mayor Ghanashyam Giri says people have been urged not to make any crowds to avoid the risk of infection. The municipality has also deployed its staff to monitor if anyone violates the restrictive orders.

However, the daily worship in the holy site has continued uninterrupted even during the lockdown.

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