Maha Asthami : Appealing god through sacrifice


17th Oct, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU: Maha Asthami is the 8th day of Dashain Festival. This is the day when the bloodthirsty Kali, is appeased through the sacrifice of animals in temples throughout the nation. Blood symbolizes fertility and it is offered to the Goddess Kali. Appropriately enough, the night of this day is called Kal Ratri (Black Night).

 

 The Hanuman Dhoka Palace is active throughout the night with worships and sacrifices in almost every courtyard. A total of 54 buffaloes and 54 goats are sacrificed in observance of the rites. After the offering of the blood, the meat is taken home and cooked as "Prasad", or food blessed by divinity. This food is offered in tiny leaf plates to the household Gods. It is then distributed amongst the family. Eating this food is thought to be auspicious. While the puja(ritual) is being carried out, great feasts are held in the homes of common people.