History of Bagmati in Nepal, from the Most Holy River to the ‘Sinful’
RiverBagmati has a major contribution to population Nepal, in daily life and culture and spirituality. However, as we continue to research, the future of this sacred river is scary.
Mithu Lama, 59, a worker at Teku crematorium, said he was born and raised near the Bagmati. He remembers that river water is used for cooking, bathing, washing and drinking. But, it’s all just a memory. The river is full of human waste and garbage.
“Now I have doubts that the river will be clean as long as I am alive, it is not that no effort has been made, there have been many campaigns to clean the environment, but the environment is getting more polluted, people are the problem. Lama was quoted as saying this in the statement. AP.
The pure and clean Bagmati turns brown when it reaches the Kathmandu Valley. The brown color can also become black due to blockages and debris. Residents must be prepared with a strong odor when entering summer.
Bagmati River is considered as the holiest and dirtiest river in Nepal. However, the residents still rely on the river for various aspects of life.
Hindus flock to the banks of the river to worship in temples and festivals. Eve bathes to wash away sins during Rishipanchami or the day of worship of the seven bright sages.
Selama festival Chhat di Nepal, people walk through the river, praying to the sun god Surya. Later during Teej, women come to pray for health and prosperity for their husbands, while single women pray for the best match.
Even the Bagmati river still enters the departed. The family will take the body to the river bank and wash the feet and face with river water. The residents of the area believe that the water of the river can wash away the sins of the deceased. The cremated ashes were also thrown into the river.
Now, river water cannot be relied upon for religious purposes. “The river water is very dirty and smelly, people are forced to bring bottled water and perform rituals,” Lama said.
Trying to ‘Clean’ the River
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