KATHMANDU, Oct 4: President Bidya Devi Bhandari today performed the nava kanya puja (worship of nine virgin girls) on Maha Navami, the ninth day of Bada Dashain. Nava kanyas are considered as the incarnation of Goddess Nava Durga.
The puja took place amid a special function organized at the office of the President, Sheetal Niwas. On the occasion, she washed the feet of the girls, and offered tika and gifts to them. The nine girls were brought from Balmandir.
The President has been performing the puja every year on Maha Navami. On the occasion, the nava kanyas performed a dance.