KATHMANDU, Aug 26: Marking 'Janai Purnima', also known as 'Rishi Tarpani', thousands of devotees worship Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu and at Kumbheswar in Lalitpur and other Shiva temples across the country and take holy dips in ponds and lakes and rivers.
Hundreds of devotees lined up to change ‘Janai’, the sacred thread, and to receive the 'Raksha Bandhan' thread, which is tied around the wrist as an amulet from the Pandits.
‘Little Pandit’ Rijan Bhattarai, 10, from Ramechhap, was also seen in the line of the priests who was busy tying Raksha Bandhan chanting the mantras to the people in the area. Though the government has slashed the public holiday on this day, the school of Bhattarai, who studies in class four, remained closed. He said that he makes good income on this day which he saves in his piggy bank.