Monday, July 18, 2016

Hindu Women Pray for Love, Long Lives for Their Husbands in Nepal

KATHMANDU – Crowds of married and single women flocked to temples in Nepal on Monday to offer prayers for their husbands or for the chance of finding their perfect spouse.

The prayers were offered to the Hindu Lord Shiva as part of the annual Sarwan Brata festival, or month of fasting, which this year falls between July 16-Aug. 16.

Each Monday during this period, women go to temples to pray for a long and prosperous life for their husbands or, in the case of single devotees, for the chance of finding love.

Thousands of women started gathering at Kathmandu’s Pashupati Temple from around 4 a.m. local time (2215 GMT Sunday) to light incense and offer their first prayers of the festival, an epa journalist reported.

The next month will see the continuation of the Monday worship of Shiva, one of three major deities of Hinduism, whose role is to destroy the universe in order to recreate it.

Fasting during the Sarwan Brata festival is thought to bring devotees spiritual bliss, improve physical and mental health and expel negativity.

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