Janai Purnima: Festival of holy Relationship, Rakshya Bandhan

Janai Purnima is another festival of great importance for Hindu People. It is generally celebrated on the Shrawan Sukla Purnima every year. This festival is celebrated by the Hindu people of Nepal and India and by Hindu people worldwide. It is also celebrated by Buddhist and Jain people with equal importance. Janai Purnima is known as ‘Rishitarpani‘, ‘Rakhsyabandhan‘, and ‘Kwati Purne‘.

Date: 12th of August, 2022 A.D.

Nepali Date: 27th of Shrawan, 2079 B.S.

In Hindu mythology, the demonic king Mahabali is believed to be so powerful that there is a threat among Gods in heaven. So, to prevent God in heaven, Lord Vamana, Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, offers Rakhshyabandhan to demonic King Mahabali to prevent him from hurting God in heaven. It is also believed that Lord Brihaspati, the teacher of Lord Indra, has started the Rakhsyabandhan ceremony to prevent demonic powers.

Janai purnima festival

Rituals of Janai Purnima:

On this day, with the renewing of Janai by Brahmans and Chhetris, other people receive the sacred thread called ‘Rakhsyabandhan’ from Pandits and Purohits.

On Janai Purnima, family members and relatives gather at one place, visit different temples and enjoy themselves by eating delicious foods. And on this occasion, the devotee overcrowded various sacred ponds and lakes of Nepal.

During this ceremony, many devotees often visit Gosaikunda of Rasuwa, Nepal. They take a bath there and perform various rituals, chanting mantras. They renewed their sacred thread called ‘Janai’ in the Nepalese dialect.

Kumbheswor Kunda of Lalitpur is another sacred place that a devotee overcrowded during this occasion. Along with this, Badimalika of Bajura and Khaptad Triveni of far western Nepal, Pach (five) pokhari and Bhairab Kunda of Sindhupalchowk, Sailung Kalinkchowk of Dolakha and Dudhkunda of Solukhumbu Nepal are the sacred places to where pilgrimage often visit to perform activities of Janai Purnima.

How Janai Purnima | Rakshya Bandhan Celebrate in Tarai?

Rakshya Bandhan in Nepal

Rakhi / Rakhya Bandhan

In the Terai region of Nepal, this day kept special meaning for brother and sister. On this day, the sister puts Rakhsyabandhan (also called ‘Rakhi‘) in their brother’s hand and prays for the prosperity and longevity of the brother and provides him delicious food and sweets. In return, the brother also put Rakhi on their sister’s hand and prayed for the sister’s prosperity and longevity along with beautiful gifts. This helps to make the relationship between brother and sister warm and even stronger than before.

Janai Purnima festival is the festival of sister and brother. This is a festival to celebrate the relationship between brother and sister. In this festival, sisters pray for good health and long life for their brothers and sons. This festival is the festival of the long relationships of family members. During this festival, sisters pray for their brothers and sons. This festival is celebrated differently in every house. Sisters fast for their brothers; in some places, sisters give their brothers gifts.

Celebrate as Kwati Purnima in Newar Community

People of the Newari community celebrated this day as ‘Kwati Purne‘. It is believed that the body may become weak due to hard work in the field for plantation during the rainy month. So, to strengthen the body and prevent colds and other diseases, people eat soup of nine different bowls of cereal on this day.

These cereals are soaked in water and cooked and eaten after sprouts come in it, known as ‘Kwati’ in the Newari dialect. Nowadays, every Nepalese performs these activities due to their health benefit as well. Also, people of the Newari community worship frog on this day as it is regarded as the courier of rain which affects the plant’s productivity in the field.

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Janai Purnima date 2022

This year in 2079 B.S., Janai Purnima will be celebrated on the 27th of Shrawan month according to the Nepali calendar, which means the 12th of August, 2022 A.D., according to the Gregorian calendar.

Thus, Janai Purnima is the day to prevent oneself from misfortune and demon threats. People also celebrate this occasion to purify their sins and bring their family members peace, happiness, prosperity, and longevity. All cast of Nepal celebrates this festival. So, this festival has significance in creating unity in diversity and religious harmony in society.

CELEBRATED BY: Hindu, Buddhist and Jain people

CELEBRATED AT: All over Nepal

Hence, as a whole, Janai Purnima is celebrated by renewing Janai, receiving Rakhsyabandhan, visiting different Kunda, eating Kwati, and enjoying with the family members.

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