KATHMANDU, Jan 02: Swasthani is a Hindu goddess. It is believed that the one who worships her with a pure heart and full devotion gets their wish fulfilled. A month- long recitation of the holy text of Swasthani Barta Katha begins from the ninth month of the Nepali calendar, Poush and ends in the full moon day of Magh.
The Swastani Barta Katha consists of 31 series of chapter in which a single chapter is recited either in morning or evening time of each day. The devotees take a holy bath in the morning, wear clean clothes, trim nails, and take ascetic meals after reading the book.
The stories in this Swosthani Katha are mainly about devotees, who perform sins due to their ignorance and their rescue by Goddess Swasthani. The main focus of few first Chapters in Swasthani Brata Katha is the story of Goddess Parvati. A few chapters are about the sufferings of Lord Shiva’s first wife Sati Devi and Shree Swasthani rescuing her from troubles and sufferings.
Sali Nadi, the river in Sankhu, is mentioned in the Swasthani Barta Katha. Therefore, the river is a prime holy location for devotees to visit during the month of Swasthani.
Every year hundreds of devotees visit this river to worship the goddess Swasthani.