Chaitra Dashain is beautiful festival of the Nepalese and especially the Hindu communities that celebrate the festival during the Nepali month of Chaitra, which falls around April. This festival is similar to the festival of Dashain that falls during autumn. It’s regarded as the smaller version of the bigger festival of Dashain. The festival generally has two days of celebration, the first day is the day of Ram Nawami, and second day is regarded as Dashami which is similar in approach but still different in the degree of celebration. Also known as Chaite Dashain, this festival is also celebrated in various parts of India filled with Hindu devotees. The festival embarks the victory of Lord Rama, over the evil Ravana. According to the Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga came to help Lord Rama to win the battle over the vicious and powerful Ravana, who kidnapped Ram’s wife Sita from the forests where they were spending their banishment. She is believed to have appeared in her most powerful form during this day to help lord Rama.
During the festival, devotees worship goddess Durga and thereby animal sacrifices are made in order to please the goddess in several temples. Maximum sacrifices usually take place in front of the Taleju Bhawani temple in the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The devotees take fast on the day of Ram Nawami and flock to the temples on the second day of Chaitra Dashain. The festival is celebrated once a year and observed by most of the people. Celebrated like the bigger festival of Bada Dashain comparatively, this Dashain has a lower significance than the former.
If you want to celebrate the festivals with the locals and want to know more about the festival then you could come a week earlier and enjoy some sightseeing around the valley and even in many parts of Nepal. As the festival falls during the spring time, it’s a best time to travel around Nepal and get the best from everything.
Fishtail Tours & Travels January 17th, 2018