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Navratri is Dashain in Nepal

The nine-day Navratri festival that is celebrated by Indian Hindus is popularly known as Dashain in Nepal. In 2017, Dashain begins on September 21. The myth behind the celebration and the period are the same as Navratri but the method of celebration differs largely. There are several unique rituals associated with Dashain.

The first day of Dashain, that is the first day of Navratri, is known as Ghatasthapana. As the name indicates, a pot or kalash with an image of Goddess Durga is installed in the house on the day. The pot or kalash is filled with water and is covered with cow dung and seeds are sown on the dung. The pot is kept on a sand bed and seeds are sown on this too.
Special pujas are conducted on the pot and water is sprinkled daily. The room where kalash is kept is known as Dashain Ghar. Several beds of the plant are made as they are distributed on the Vijayadashami day.
By the tenth day, the seeds sown on the kalash will grow into small plants of four or five inches. This …

Harry Potter Theme Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata in Legal Trouble

Copyright infringement has been slapped on a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata modeled on Hogwarts castle in Harry Potter. The Pandal is coming up at FD Block in SaltLake, Kolkata, West Bengal. A Pandal is a temporary structure erected during Pujas and celebrations in India. The most famous Pandals are those erected during Ganesh festival and Durga Puja. Usually, the pandals are based on a theme and will have images of deities and space for worship.The complaint of copyright infringement has been filed in Delhi High Court and in the name of the plaintiff; the name given is that of J.K. Rowling and others. The puja committee and the decorators have to appear in person on Friday before the court. It looks like Penguin, distributor of Harry Potter books in India, had filed the case.The Telegraph Calcutta reportsThe 394-page summons, delivered to the puja committee by a Sealdah court official, states that the defendants can carry out the puja with a Harry Potter theme by paying Rs 20 lakh (2…