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Aathon Festival – Dedicated to Gaura and Maheshwar – Sathon Aanthon Vrat

Aathon festival, also known as Sathon Aanthon Vrat, is mainly observed in the Soar valley of Pithoragarh and adjoining areas of western Nepal. In 2018, Aathon is from September 16 to September 18. The vrat and festival observed in Bhadrapad month is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati – Maheswar and Gaura. The three-day festival begins on the Shukla Paksha Saptami day in Bhadrapad month.

Aathon is observed for the welfare of the family and for good harvest. It is one of oldest forms of Gaura Worship in the country.
The main ritual includes tying of ‘dor’ on the right hand by women – a sacred thread. This thread is tied till the next Aathon Festival. Seeds of five grains and fruits are offered to Goddess Gaura for prosperity of the family.
On the Ashtami day, women in the village offer prayers before the murtis of Gaura and Maheswar – the murtis are made by the men of the village.
On the navami day, married women do prayers to Dub Dhaga or Mangalsutra.
At the end of the festival, a…

Lust, anger and greed are the three gates of damnation – Bhagawad Gita

Triple are the gates that lead to hell, destructive of the Self. They are lust, anger and greed. Knowing these three as such, one should therefore reject them.
The man who is liberated from these three gates to damnation, O Kaunteya, practices what is good for him and thus achieves the Supreme Good.
To those who are ever devout and worship Me with love, I give them the Yoga of Discrimination by which they come to Me.
Out of pure compassion for them, dwelling in their hearts, I destroy the ignorance-born darkness by the luminous Lamp of Wisdom.
When he realizes that the whole variety of beings exists in the One, and is an evolution from that One alone, then he becomes Brahman.
Related Mind is unsteady and difficult to curb but it can be controlled through practice and dispassion – Bhagawad Gita