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Janai Purnima Festival

The full moon day of the month of Shrawan (full moon day of July-August), the day when this festival gets observed, is considered sacred all over Nepal but is celebrated in different ways by different groups of people. The most widely accepted model of celebration is for people to take a ritual bath and change their sacred thread. Everyone receives a string of yarn tied around his/her wrist from a Brahman as a protective mark for the whole year. The Nepalese, especially in the Newari community, prepare a special dish called kwati, mixed sprouted beans, on this day. The occasion is considered to be especially auspicious for bathing in the lakes such as Gosainkunda. One can also witness the pageantry of jhankris, the shamans, attired in their traditional costume, come to bathe at Kumbheshwor, in Patan, Nagarkot, and at sacred lakes all over Nepal. Such jhankris also visit the temple of Kalinchowk Bhagavati, the goddess at Kalinchowk, in Dolkha district, where they go to pray for their healing powers, for they are the traditional healers of Hindu Nepalese villagers. Though the ancestral root of Jhankri is the Bonpo, an ancient native religion of Tibet and one of the sects in present Tibetan Buddhism.

The well-known Janai Purnima festivals, practised since ancient time, is of Dudhkunda Lake in Everest region, Panch Pokhari in Sindhupalchowk district and Gosainkunda of Rasuwa district. The festival can be accessed, combining a short and beautiful trek enjoying the lush greeneries and Himalayan sceneries of summertime in the country. Please detail us your interest at annatreks@gmail.com, and we will present you one of the best itineraries that suit your interest and make it a lifetime trip to Nepal.

the full moon day of the month of Shrawan (full moon day of July-August), the day when this festival gets observed, is considered sacred all over Nepal”