KATHMANDU — The month-long Shree Swasthani Brata Katha festival, devoted to goddess Shree Swasthani, has started from Monday.
The festival begins every year on the first full-moon day of Poush, the ninth month of the Nepali calendar and ends on the full moon day of Magh, the next month.
Women and men take holy dips in sacred rivers nearby and start Shree Swasthani Brata Katha across the country.
In Kathmandu valley, during the festival period, devotees will throng Sali Nadi, or the Manohara River, in Sankhu, Kathmandu for holy bath.
In other places of the country, during the month, Goddess Shree Swasthani is worshipped every day, and the tales of the goddess, Lord Shiva and other Gods are told in Hindu households.
Some devotees observe fast for the entire month, till the next full moon day, taking only one meal a day.
The scripture also contains tales about Lord Shiva, Goddess Parbati and other gods.