KATHMANDU, Oct 8: The 'fulpati' has been installed at the Dasainghar at Hanumandhoka Durbar here today, the seventh day of the Nawaratha (the nine-night period) of the Bada Dasain festival.
The fulpati is an assortment of seven different plants considered sacred by the Hindus. It is a tradition to install the fulpati at their homes by all the Hindus on this day as auspicious item offered to the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
The fulpati installed at the Dasainghar at Hanumandhoka was earlier brought from local Jamal in a ritualistic procession which included government officials, the representative of the Hanumandhoka Durbar Care and Management Office and accompanied by security personnel amidst the playing of traditional music.
The fulpati at Dasainghar is installed in a state ceremony every year on the occasion of the Dasain festival. A contingent of the Nepalese Army's Gurujyu battalion had fired celebratory canon salvoes on the occasion.
A group of designated priests originally brings the state's fulpati from Gorkha up to Jeevanpur of Dhading district which is then handed over to another designated group of priests deputed from Kathmandu. The second group of priests brings the fulpati from Jeevanpur to Jamal in Kathmandu.
This tradition of bringing fulpati and installing it at Dasainghar at Hanumandhoka dates back to the Malla era, the medieval period in Nepal's history. RSS