Fulpati 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

After Ghatasthapana, Fulpati is celebrated as one of the major days of dashain. Fulpati lies on the seventh day of the bright half of the lunar calendar in the month of Ashwin or Asoj and this year year it lied on 18th of October, 2007. On this day, the Fulpati or the jamara for Royal families is carried on foot by the six attendants from the Magar community, a tribe known for their valour during war, from their ancestral Royal Gorkha palace to Rani Pokhari, Kathmandu, and in the evening they are taken to Royal Palace at Hanuman Dhoka along with a huge parade. This is a ritual that symbolises the conquest of the Kathmandu valley more than two centuries ago by the king's ancestor Prithvi Narayan Shah. The Fulpati, an offering of flowers and fruit, is blessed at the temple first. It is then taken to the palace to bring luck and long life to the royal family.

However, from this year, the tradition or the two-century old tradition is broken down and the holy offering went to the residence of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. From this year, the Prime Minister has taken over the king's social and religious roles after the fall of the royal government last year, as he is believed to be ruling the nation and not the king.

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