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No Janai Purnima festival in Panch Pokhari this year too citing Covid-19 risks

Panch pokhari
Panch Pokhari is a group of 5 holy lakes in Sindhupalchowk District of Nepal. It is 9th highest altitude wetland in the world. The lake is a popular destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims during Janai Purnima.

Sindhupalchok, August 16

Citing the risks of the Covid-19 spread, this year’s Janai Purnima festival, on August 22, in Panch Pokhari has been cancelled. The festival was cancelled last year for the same reasons.

Panch Pokhari Thangpaal rural municipality said the festival was cancelled as gatherings are a hotspot for possible Covid-19 outbreak.

On the occasion of Janai Purnima, devotees from far and wide reach Panch Pokhari to mark the occasion and make offerings. The devotees pay a visit wishing for a prosperous harvest. Similarly, females devotees are known to pay a visit and pray to Lord Shiva wishing for a suitable husband whereas married women pray for child(ren).

The landmark that gets the name for five adjacent lakes is situated some 4,060 metres above the sea level.

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