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Strange Facts: Do you know which country worships dogs on Diwali?

By Team YourCoimbatore on 3rd November 2021
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Nepal has a large Hindu population and it is customary to celebrate Diwali here. Apart from deities, animal worship also takes place on Diwali in Nepal.

Diwali is one of the most important festivals in India. This festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. This year Diwali is celebrated on November 4. Diwali is celebrated not only in India but also in various parts of the world. The way Diwali is celebrated in many countries is completely different.

One such country is Nepal. It is also India’s neighbor. It is customary to celebrate Diwali here as there are more Hindus in Nepal. Apart from deities, animal worship also takes place on Diwali in Nepal. People especially worship dogs on Diwali. On this day dogs are worshiped in evening dress and grooming. Apart from this, their favorite dishes are also served to eat.

What is the parable in it?
After conquering Sri Lanka, Ramer returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Diwali is celebrated to commemorate his return. Ram’s return to Ayodhya was also celebrated in Nepal, which borders India. In Nepal, Diwali is known as Tihar and this day is celebrated as Kukur Tihar. This is how the custom of worshiping the cooker i.e. dogs began.
On Tihar Day, Dipotsav is organized in Nepal. Like in India, houses in Nepal are decorated with lanterns and electric lights. Diwali is celebrated here for 4-5 days. On the second day, the Kukur Tihar festival is celebrated. On this day the dogs are honored by wearing garlands and painting. In addition, the dogs are fed their favorite milk, fruits, bread, and eggs.

Why are dogs worshiped?
Dogs are considered to be the messengers of Yamarajan. Also during the Mahabharata period, the dog traveled to heaven with Yudhisthira. In Nepal, it is believed that dogs will faithfully protect humans throughout their lives and that they will take care of their masters even after death.

Logeshwaran J

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