Janai Purnima is a Hindu festival and is celebrated throughout the country. Nepal celebrates Janai Purnima every year on the full moon day in the month of Shrawan. People celebrate this festival with family get togetherness and with the feasts of Kwati which means sprout lentils.
Why Janai Purnima?
This day is additionally a harbinger of revival with Hindu men changing their Janai and individuals rushing to Shiva temple in various parts of the nation. Similarly, on this day, people also tie a sacred thread on the wrist. People believe that this thread purifies the soul and shields the body from evil.
During the festival, many people all around the country pay a visit to Gosaikunda, situated at the Rasuwa district to perform the ancient rites. Also places like Kumbeshwar of Patan, and Charikot in Dolakha also receive many devotees on the Janai Purnima.
The Newar tribe of Kathmandu Valley calls this celebration Gunhi Punhi and they also prepare a soup of a mixture of beans called Kwati as special nourishment for the day. Kwati is a nutritious soup of sprout beans.
Likewise, this full moon day sees an enormous number of Brahmins at the holy riverbanks. They take ceremonial plunges in the water and offer bathing to the divine beings. They at that point change their sacred threads. Brahman priests tie yellow holy strings around the wrists of the dedicated.
In Janai Purnima farmers of Newar tribe offer varieties of food to frogs. This ceremony is popular as ‘Byan-ja-Nakegu’. They believe that venerating the frog, who is viewed as an agent of the God of rainfall, by making contributions of various food items help to expand the creation of crops.
In addition, Kumbheswar lake during this festival adorns the beautiful Lingam, the phallic image of Lord Shiva. The symbol of Lord Shiva is kept at the center of Kumbheswar lake to get admiration from worshippers.