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Janai Purnima Festival

The full moon day of the month of Shrawan, when the Janai Purnima festival gets observed, is considered sacred all over Nepal but is celebrated differently by different groups of people. The most widely accepted celebration model is for people to take a ritual bath and change their sacred thread. Everyone receives a string of yarn tied around their 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 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 bath 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 the Dolkha district, where they go to pray for their healing powers, for they are the traditional healers of Hindu Nepalese villagers. However, the ancestral root of Jankri is the Bonpo, an ancient native religion of Tibet and one of the sects in present Tibetan Buddhism.

The well-known Janai Purnima festival destinations, practised since ancient times, are Dudhkunda Lake in the Everest region, Panch Pokhari in Sindhupalchowk and Gosainkunda in the Rasuwa district. These festival destinations get accessed by combining a short and beautiful trek enjoying the lush greeneries and Himalayan sceneries of summertime in the country. So please detail us your interest at annatreks@gmail.com, and we will present you with 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”