Introduction Of Salinadi temple:
Salinadi temple lies in the bank of salinadi river Sankhu,Sankharapur Municipality,ward number 6.
Sankhu is an ancient newari town situated in north-east 17 kilometer far from tourist hub,Thamel, Kathmandu. This palce can reached through cab in a hour drive from kathamndu valley.
Ancient name of Sankhu is Sankharapur which is also the Municipality name of this place.It is called Sankharapur because in ancient time the valley was totally in Sankha shape.
Salinadi river is one of the famous river in nepal for the hindus women. In the month of magh, Goddess Swosthani is worshipped for a month reciting swosthani katha(A spiritual story about swosthani).
Many neplease women take one month fasting in the name of Swosthani goddess.
Salinadi temple is situated above the salinadi river where goddess swosthani is being statued.
A one month long salinadi mela is being celebrated in Sankhu.
This mela starts from the full moon day of poush which is ninth month of nepalese calender and ends at full moon day of magh which is tenth month of nepalese calender.
In this mela many devotees from different places of Nepal came here to worship Swosthani mata.
People worship Goddess Swosthani mata and Sord Shiva daily and recites swosthani brata katha in this month which is also renowed as swosthani puja in Nepal.
Millions of devotees visit this cultural temple every year and worship the Goddess Swoasthani with high beliefs.
The temple has many religious values in the Hindu religion and plays a vital role to upgrade and enhance the tourism industry of Nepal from a cultural aspect.
Religios Prospective of Salinadi Mela:
In this mela, people take fast for a whole month eating only one time per day taking holy bath in Salinadi river along with God Madhav Narayan. In this mela tha people sitting in fasting varies.
There are women and men both taking fasting in this mela. Men have to wear white dhoti at the time of bathing early in the morning. Women mainly wear red clothes at the time of fasting for a month.
Married women mainly take fasting for prosperous and healthy life of their husband and unmarried take fasting to get better husband in their life. Men take fasting for the prosperous and healthy life of thier family member.
At this swosthani brata, these bratalu who are taking fasting have to visit different nearby places with bare foot walk. It seems very difficult to walk barefoot to these bratalu.
They went to Bajrayoginee temple, Pashipati,Panauti,Shesnarayan (Pharping,Dashinkali),Changunarayan.
Early in the morning all the male and female bratalu take holy bath along with statue of Madhav Narayan.Then the female bratalu go for daily puja in all the temple around the salinadi river.
Male bratalu visit to all temple around by sleeping downward the ground not standing straight up.
Then all the female bratalu go to thier room after finishing puja all around the temple and make puja materials for day nritye puja. At around 2 there is Madhav Narayan day nirtye puja.
After nritye puja all the male and female bratalu along with Madhav narayan statue roam around the Sankhu valley.After that female bratalu went to thier own room but male bratalu return to the salinadi river house(A house at salinadi river bank to keep male bratalu).
This process of fasting is done for a month. Bratalu take this fasting so as to fullfill their wish.
Sankhu is old newar city and belived to be shortest route to Tibet. It is a hikking way to one of the most popular tourist destination of Nepal, Nagarkot . From Nagarkot the people can see the scenic beuty of first sunrays.
After a 4 hours of energetic hike tourist can reach nagarkot and feel refreshed
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