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Kaag Tihar: Worship of Crows in Nepal

Kaag Tihar: Worship of Crows in Nepal

Starting From Sun, Oct 23, 12:00 am
Kaag is the Nepali word for "crow," and on this day, crows are worshipped and praised as the messengers of death. People leave sweets and other grains on house rooftops or on the ground outside for crows to consume. This cuisine is occasionally served on a banana leaf.

It is thought that feeding and thanking the crows can prevent misfortune and that the crows would protect people who feed them from harm. To Hindus, the caw-caw of gathering crows is a sign of melancholy, and feeding the crows is supposed to avoid numerous disasters.

Kaag Tihar: Worship of Crows in Nepal

It is believed that if the crows aren't happy, they will be the bearer of bad news and hence could bring upon misfortune in the forthcoming year. Crows and ravens, believed to be the messengers of the death god Yama, are worshipped with offerings of grains, seeds, and sweets placed on the roofs or out on the streets.

Tihar also indicates the commencement of the festival of the lights 'Tihar' which represents the divine attachment between humans and other animals. It is assumed that if the crows are unhappy, they would be the carrier of bad news, bringing tragedy in the future year. Crows and ravens are worshipped as messengers of the death deity Yama.

Kaag Tihar: Worship of Crows in Nepal

Tihar also marks the start of the festival of lights 'Tihar,' which signifies the divine bond between humans and other creatures. For starters, in Nepal, the cawing of crows denotes mourning. So feeding them prevents disaster. Crows are regarded as messengers in Nepali society. Yamaraj, the ruler of hell and death, records the births and deaths of all living entities on Earth, including humans, according to the Vedas.

It is said that the crow conveys and takes such information. Yamaraj had designated Crow as his emissary in order for him to carry a fast word from the heavens. However, at the Crow Festival, the crow is adored despite all of these negative notions. Crows are summoned to the yard in Kagtihar and fed home-cooked food.

On this day, Dhanvantari Day is also observed in commemoration of Dhanvantari sage, the Ayurvedic pioneer who created the moment of Samundra Manthan on Kagtihar. Another Hindu belief is that giving Yamadip today will release Yamaraj from his torment. When donating Yamadip, it is customary to look south.

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