Bagmati Yatra begins after a gap of 40 years
Bishal Chautari news
Kathmandu, April 23, Monday. The Bagmati Tirtha Yatra or Bagmati Pilgrimage has begun today after a gap of 40 years.
The pilgrimage had stopped since 2034 BS after the Bagmati River got polluted due to human encroachment.
The pilgrimage started after holding religious rituals and Rudripooja (prayer of lord Shiva) at the Pashupatinath temple.
The 17-day pilgrimage is normally held from Katuwal daha of Bagmati to Bagdwar. But it will begin with a journey of only seven days this year.
As the part of the journey, pilgrims will reach 165 shrines along the Bagmati river corridor and offer worships there. The first-day journey would conclude today after reaching Shikharnarayan after visiting and performing worship at Karyabinayek and Dakshinkali Gopaleshwor, and the installation of auspicious urn, said Priest of the Journey, Madan Bhatta.
Inaugurating the journey, member-Secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust, Dr Pradeep Dhakal, expressed the belief that the journey would help hand down the culture of Kathmandu Valley to new generation. The journey would conclude on April 31.