Everything you need to know about gaura the festival of the far-west

Everything you need to know about gaura the festival of the far-west

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As the greatest rituals like Dashain And Tihar are celebrated in almost all regions of Nepal. Gomra or gaura festival is one of the kind, specifically commemorated in western, midwestern & far western regions of Nepal.

In fact, gaura is a name given to religious & cultural rituals celebrated among the kumain female community of far western Nepal & is run from the days yore.

Nepal is a multi-religious, multi-lingual, multi-racial and multicultural country. Because of the rich diversity in culture & ethnic groups, there are various festivals that have been the core of Nepali culture. Men and women are two major groups conducting all the cultural and religious practices that occur in Nepali society. Nonetheless, the responsibility of performing most of the religious and cultural practices in society go more to women than to men.

Gaura is a religious & cultural ritual based on the ancient story of shiva & Parvati, and it is run solely by kumain group women in far west Nepal.

Another mythology says that the festival has been celebrated for the last four centuries, in memory of Satidevi’s bodily sacrifice to the burning altar and her re-birth from Himalaya Pravat. People believe that this festival not only brings religious belief, brotherhood, but the puja of Shiva and Gauri also brings peace, happiness. So basically, the festival is associated with the story of the success of ‘good’ & the failure of ‘evils’.

Likewise, as per legends, Hindu gods fought against demons to get the nectar out of the ocean which rendered them immortal. When the demons proved stronger and the gods were losing their power, one of the gods, Lord Vishnu, turned himself into Mohini’s female figure and fooled the demons into surrendering the nectar. Later Mohini gave the nectar to the gods to make them immortal & Gaura Parva happened.

Moreover, according to the professor of Sharada Campus Motilal Paneru-Married Women celebrate Gaura for another reason. He says, While the Hindu God Shiva was devastated after the death of his first wife, Sati Devi, she was reformed as Gauri. Gauri wished for Shiva as her husband & she began to pray & started fasting. On the fifth day, she accomplished her mission to become the wife of God Shiva. This is the reason why the day is celebrated in the form of Gaura when married women fast for 5 days.

Gaura is a religious & cultural ritual based on the ancient story of shiva & Parvati, and it is run solely by kumain group women in far west Nepal.

Another mythology says that the festival has been celebrated for the last four centuries, in memory of Satidevi’s bodily sacrifice to the burning altar and her re-birth from Himalaya Pravat. People believe that this festival not only brings religious belief, brotherhood, but the puja of Shiva and Gauri also brings peace, happiness. So basically, the festival is associated with the story of the success of ‘good’ & the failure of ‘evils’.

Likewise, as per legends, Hindu gods fought against demons to get the nectar out of the ocean which rendered them immortal. When the demons proved stronger and the gods were losing their power, one of the gods, Lord Vishnu, turned himself into Mohini’s female figure and fooled the demons into surrendering the nectar. Later Mohini gave the nectar to the gods to make them immortal & Gaura Parva happened.

Moreover, according to the professor of Sharada Campus Motilal Paneru-Married Women celebrate Gaura for another reason. He says, While the Hindu God Shiva was devastated after the death of his first wife, Sati Devi, she was reformed as Gauri. Gauri wished for Shiva as her husband & she began to pray & started fasting. On the fifth day, she accomplished her mission to become the wife of God Shiva. This is the reason why the day is celebrated in the form of Gaura when married women fast for 5 days.
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