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The greatest significant of this festival is to receive Tika from their parent's hand. Scriptures say "If we take Tika from our parents' hand on Dashain, our wishes will be fulfilled by the God soon because it describes that there's no God above our parents for us". That's why the dispersed families try to unite together at their home in this festival. Not only from their parents; also have they received Tika as a blessing from the elders' hand as well. Some people crowd to Narayanhiti Royal palace to receive the Tika from the King's hand on Dashain.
People renovate their houses and its compounds nicely and make it more shinning at this time; and everywhere the streets also looks very neat and clean than the usual time. In the village, the houses are besmeared by red mud and white chalk, which looks quite brightened and beautiful. People rush to buy new clothes and festival requirements in the market and the whole market looks very busy and crowed at this time. The main motto of this festival is to enjoy with their family eating delicious foods and wearing new brand clothes. The Tika is prepared by mixing the rice with yogurt and colors.
This is the beginning day of the festival. On this first day the people keep Jamara in their houses. Jamara is the grown collection seedlings of barley and corn. The barley and corn is soaked in water a day before and it's sown on a leaf plate filled with black mud. Everyday a little water should be sprinkled on it; and on the tenth day of the festival, which is called the Badashain day (the biggest day of the festival); this seedling is given to the Tika receiver.
Navaratri begins since the Ghatasthapana day and ends after nine bay before the Tika receiving day. During these nine days different features of Kumari Goddesses are worshipped. They are, Kumari; Trimurti; Kalyani; Rohini; Kali; Chandi; Shovaki; Durga; and Bhadra. People worship nine different virgin girls separately on these different days to them considering as the features of Goddess Bhawani; and contribute them foods, clothes and money as per their capacity.
The seventh day of the festival is called the Fulpati and it's celebrated grandly all over the country by playing traditional musical band Panchai Baja and sacrificing small he-goat and he-buffalo. The Fulpati is the combination of a few verities of plants viz. sugarcane marigold and etc flowers'. Lot of spectators assembles to look this fete in their respective places.
A very superb Fulpati feu de joie takes place at Nepal Army Pavilion at Tundikhel in Kathmandu on this day. The Fulpati coterie comes from Gorkha palace where the Shah dynasty King's used to sojourn a long time back there. Thousands of people flock to see this fete in Tundikhel on this day; where His Majesties the King, Queen and the Royal families also attend to grace this fair. Also HMG high ranking officials and high level diplomats are also invited to look the occasion. Thirty one cannon's fire salutations are offered to their Majesties as a Royal Honor. His Majesty the King confers the Royal decorations and orders on this day to the persons who have done the commendable contribution for the improvement of the nation. The names of the recipients' are already have been broadcast on media previously on His Majesty the King's birthday; and they come to receive these orders on this day there. After giving the audience there Their Majesties go to Hanumandhoka palace to observe the Fulpati worship. But the autocratic King's all the powers have been seized by the people in the grand peoples' move held since Chaitra 14 to 2068 and where many people had received their martyrdom in this public move for the nation and have brought the sovereignty of the country on the peoples' hand from a single man's autocratic regime.
This is the ninth day of the festival; and all the arms and weapons are worshipped on this day collecting at the altar of the goddess. Many he-goats and hebuffalos are sacrificed and the blood is offered on the idol of the Goddess Durga to appease her. People go with roosters, goats, pigeons and buffalos to sacrifice in the name of Goddess and consume it as a prasad. Many people herd to worshipping at the strengthening point of the goddess mother and the traditional Panchai Baja is played there; because of this the place turns in to a spectacular fair. On this day's night people make selroti; the rice's round Nepali bread cooked in the boiled oil; then this selroti is served to the Tika receivers on the next day.
This is the tenth day and the greatest day of the festival. The Tika receiving exact auspicious time has been broadcast on the radio, which is calculated by the knowledgeable priest. The facing movement also to receive the Tika is calculated by the prophets; and the receivers turn towards the same direction in the Tika receiving time. People go to their respected elders house to house to receive the blessing. After the Tika they enjoy the day long eating the sumptuous foods. People exchange among each other the Vijaya greetings during the whole 15 days' festival period. The Tika receiving procedure lasts for another four days till the shortly coming full moon and ends on this day. The Jamara and the left Tikas are all thrown in the river or at some pious place at the end. This festival is believed to be in practice since the silver age itself; on the happy occasion of slaughtering the cruel Demon by Lord Ram; by the grace of Goddess Bhagawati to relieve all the virtuous persons of this earth.