Bol Bam and Naag

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More interesting festivals experienced near our home during the monsoon months:

Sanepa has seen lots of people dresses in orange and posters of snakes on lots of doorways.

Sharawan

After taking water from the Ganges river (or other nearby river that wind up in the Ganges) pilgrims, known as kanwariya or Shiv Bhaktas (disciples of Shiva) travel barefooted and in saffron robes with their Kanwar (walking sticks used to hang the urns of water) for 105 km by various routes and usually in groups made of family, friends and or neighbours, and return to their own local or other more prestigious and larger Shiva Temples to pour Gangajal on Lord Shiva. On the march the pilgrims talk with “Bol Bam” (speak the name of Bam) and sing hymns to praise Lord Shiva’s name.

Pilgrim congregating at our high street.

Pilgrims congregating at our high street.

The group gets bigger.

The group gets bigger.

 

Naag Panchami

Naag (the serpent god) controls the monsoon rains and earthquakes. Pictures of Naag are pasted with offerings (flowers and sweets) above the main entrances of houses in order to ward off evil spirits.  We have a poster at our house entrance and it looks like we are not the only VSO volunteers to do so.

 

Pramila ,our landlady with the poster above the door

Pramila, our landlady with the poster above the door

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Here’s the poster and offerings.

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About Daphne

I’m Daphne, normally live in Vauxhall, London. I am blogging to keep track of my adventures. After volunteering for 3 years with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), in Nepal, at the Ministry of Education in Kathmandu, I am now in Tanzania, volunteering with VSO on a Youth Economic Empowerment Project.

2 responses »

    • What a different life! Can’t imagine to walk 105km in devotion or otherwise…
      But what a great experience for you to witness all this and thank you for writing about it.
      Love, Wiebke

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