Kathmandu. After 6 days, i.e. 30 Baisakh 2079, the election is going to be held for 7 hundred 53 local bodies. The local level is the local government. Local levels are autonomous. It has its own executive, judiciary, and legislature bodies. Since all the representatives will be elected through the direct electoral system, the responsibilities of the mayor and deputy mayor cannot be changed on the basis of the majority or minority vote. Each representative will lead the local level for the entire term once elected unless he commits a serious crime under the constitution. Autonomous rights are given to the local level. The local level remains autonomous in the implementation of these rights. Neither the central nor the state government can directly interfere in any of their work. The local level makes its own policies, programs, and makes its own laws. It creates and executes budgets on its own. This is the reason for it being called local government. But no law, policy, program, or budget can be made in conflict with the law of the center. This is a piece of general information about local elections and it has been prepared for Nepali Patro in collaboration with NepalWatch How many representatives are being elected? During this election, a total of 35,221 people's representatives are being elected across the country. At each local level a chief (mayor) or chairman, a deputy chief (deputy mayor), or vice-chairman is elected. At the local level, there are at least 5 wards at a minimum and 32 wards at a maximum. One ward chairman and four other members will be elected from each ward. Out of the 4 members elected from the ward, two posts will be open, one for women and one for Dalit women members. This arrangement has been implemented to increase the number of women people's representatives at the local level. Going to the polling station This election is to elect people's representatives at the local level. Therefore, you are allowed to vote in your own ward only. Your name must be listed on the voter list before you can vote. If you are old enough (18) and your name is mentioned in the voters' list then you have the right to vote. You must carry a voter ID card when going to the polls. If your voters’ identity card is lost or damaged, you can carry the original citizenship, license, passport, or national identity card. However, these credentials must be genuine. The Commission does not recognize photocopies or photographs taken on mobile devices. Now you can reach the polling station and keep in a queue as per the rule and cast the vote to the desired representatives.How to Cast your vote? Its method. Each voter will be able to vote for 7 different candidates. After receiving the ballot paper, the election symbol of the candidate for mayor or president appears in the first vertical line. Cast a swastika on the symbol of your favorite candidate. The line enclosing the mark should not be touched while stamping the symbol. Then vote for the candidate of your choice in the line of the candidate for deputy mayor or vice president. Similarly, vote for one person for the ward chairperson, two for the ward member in the open, one for Dalit women member, and one for women member. Based on your vote, it will be decided who will run the municipality at your local level for the next 5 years. National Holiday.The Government of Nepal has declared the election day i.e. May 13 (Baisakh 30) as a national holiday and has given a public holiday on that day. However, the government has not given a public holiday to the voters outside the municipality to go to their municipality on this day. Election Commission Information Officer Mr. Surya Aryal says that as this is an opportunity to elect the local people’s representative for the next five years, one needs to go on leave for the polling. Election Security. The government has mobilized all four security agencies to make the election fair and free. The four security agencies include the Army, the Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, and the National Investigation Agency. The temporary police Myadi Police are under the Nepal Police. When you go to the polling station, you will only see Nepal Police and temporary police. You will not be able to recognize the National Investigation Police as they are in plain clothes. You will also see the armed police force around the polling station. The Nepal Army, on the other hand, is deployed on the outermost perimeter to provide electoral security. To secure the election, the government has deployed four security agencies in a three-pronged security strategy. If you see a helicopter flying on election day, you should take it normally. The Nepal Army is patrolling by helicopter for your own protection. About 300,000 security personnel are deployed for election security. Silent PeriodThe period of 48 hours before the polling starts is known as the silent period. This is the time given to the voters to decide which representative to choose in the election. During this period, voters must not be given any kind of temptation, fear, or intimidation. They should be left free. No candidate is allowed to campaign during that period. Doing so will be against the election code of conduct. During this period, the Election Commission works on the construction of polling booths at the polling stations, management of ballot boxes, and other preparations. What to do and not to do during the Silent PeriodDuring the silent period, door-to-door campaigning, interaction, sloganeering, rallies, pamphlets, etc are not allowed. But this opportunity can be enjoyed by the family members to discuss and practice voting methods, voter education, and so on. However, during this period, party representatives are not allowed to engage in any kind of political activities. If you are a voter, you will not be allowed to write, speak or message against anyone during this period from your social media platform. Violation of the Election Code of Conduct will be dealt with as per the Election Act. Election Time TableVoting is scheduled for May 13 from 7 am to 5 pm. You can go to the polling station with your name on time and take part in the voting process. Voters' right to self-determinationAll voters have the right to self-determination in elections. Voters are completely free to choose the party, or person of their choice. The Constitution guarantees you the right to vote without any intimidation, threat, fear, or any other kind of temptation. It is the duty of every voter to vote for the candidate of their choice. Things to keep in MindWhen going to the polls, one should not forget to take the voter ID card issued by the Election Commission. Citizenship will also have to be taken along. No flammable items, weapons, mobiles, etc. will be allowed to enter the polling station. After entering the polling station, the voter will have to show his / her identity card and fill up the form given by the Election Officer. After filling up the form, it is necessary to check the authenticity of the polling officer’s signature. After that, you have to go to the booth, put the swastika stamp on the symbol of your favorite candidate and drop the ballot paper on the ballot box. Counting Votes Ballot boxes are verified in the presence of the representatives of the political parties after the polling ends on the day of the election. The Election Officer then seals the ballot box in front of all the delegates. Ballot boxes are taken from all the polling stations in the security cordon to the place designated by the municipality or the commission. The Election Commission has estimated that the vote counting will start two or three hours after the polling ends. As this is a local election, the results will start coming from midnight on May 13 at the local level where there are fewer voters. But it will take time for the results of the metropolitan, sub-metropolitan and local level polls where there are more voters. The election results of all the local level polls shall be announced after Jestha 2. Kathmandu. After 6 days, i.e. 30 Baisakh 2079, the election is going to be held for 7 hundred 53 local bodies. The local level is the local government. Local levels are autonomous. It has its own executive, judiciary, and legislature bodies. Since all the representatives will be elected through the direct electoral system, the responsibilities […]
Ravi Saptami / Rabi Saptami is taken as a special day to worship Lord Sunnarayan (the sun). May the mercy of Surya Dev be with us all, may we do not get sick and no grieve be bestowed upon us, for these causes Suryanarayana is worshiped. Surya Narayan works to make progress in the development of education and wisdom and takes away sickness and bereavement. Suryadev is also worshiped reciting Gayatri Mantra for education and wisdom. This year's god too is Surya Dev.Sunday is the best day of fasting for Suryanarayana. When Sunday is a Saptami tithi (date) that day is considered as the best day to fast for Surya Narayan.
अमा वा सोमवारेण रविवारेण सप्तमी ।
चतुर्थी भौमवारेण विषुवत्सदृशं फलम् ।।
(Meaning - Sombare Aunsee, Ravi Saptami, Mangal- Chauthi, Budhashtami, these days are considered very rewarding and of great merit.)All the desires of the heart will be fulfilled, sonship (fertility) for unfertile, the unmarried girls will get a good groom, for whatever the fast is intended, the result of all the desires are achieved by fasting during Ravi Saptami. Therefore, Ravi Saptami fast is Nitya Karma (regular karma) and if observe with a specific desire then it is Kamya Karma (arbitrary karma) also.
Ravi Saptami Brat - The method of fasting
…..अद्य रविसप्तम्यां मम समस्त –रोग–निवारणार्थं – आयुष्य–वृद्ध्यादि–सकलकामनासिद्धये (…आफूले चिताएको कुरा भए यहाँ उल्लेख गर्ने) श्री सूर्यनारायण–प्रीत्यर्थं दीप–कलश–गणेशादि–पूजनपूर्वकं रविसप्तमी–व्रतमहं करिष्ये ।
(Meditate this mantra with red flowers and joined/folded hands. Namaste gesture)तेजोरूपं सहस्रांशुं सप्ताश्व –रथगं वरम् ।
द्विभुजं वरदं पद्मं लाञ्छनं सर्वकामदम् ।।
After this, the sun should be worshiped in the form of Pranpratistha (putting in of life) with 16 acts of homage and worshipping methods, etc.
During the worshipping in the end, reaching the lighting of oil lamp and incense phase the sun should be worshipped contemplating on his each organs.
१. मित्राय नमः पादौ पूजयामि।
२. रवये नमः जंघे पूजयामि।
३. सूर्याय नमः जानुनी पूजयामि।
४. खगाय नमः ऊरू पूजयामि।
५. पूष्णे नमः गुह्यं पूजयामि।
६. हिरण्यगर्भाय नमः कटिं पूजयामि।
७. मरीचये नमः नाभिं पूजयामि।
८. आदित्याय नमः जठरं पूजयामि।
९. सवित्रे नमः हृदयं पूजयामि।
१०. अर्काय नमः स्तनौ पूजयामि।
११.भास्कराय नमः कण्ठं पूजयामि।
१२. अर्यम्णे नमः स्कन्धौ पूजयामि।
१३. प्रभाकराय नमः हस्तौ पूजयामि।
१४. अहस्कराय नमः मुखं पूजयामि।
१५. प्रध्नाय नमः नासिकां पूजयामि।
१६. जगदेकचषुक्षे नमः नेत्रे पूजयामि।
१७. सवित्रे नमः कर्णौ पूजयामि।
१८.त्रिगुणात्मधारिणे नमः ललाटं पूजयामि।
१९. विरिञ्चिनारायणशङ्करात्मने नमः शिरः पूजयामि।
२०. तिमिरनाशिने नमः सर्वाङ्गे पूजयामि।
After this, you should offer incense, oil lamps, fruit, betel leaf, with flowers and betel, Purnapatro and finish the offering by making a resolution of alms by giving an Argha.
The Argha Giving Mantra
नमः सहस्रकिरण ! सर्वव्याधिविनाशन !!
गृहाणार्घ्यं मया दत्तं संज्ञया सहितो रवे ।।
After this, one should take an offering of the worships Tika (a color dot on mid-forehead, signifying the third eye too) and take fruits, etc. Then one should stay awake at night listening to the hymns of Suryanarayana.Ravi Saptami / Rabi Saptami is taken as a special day to worship Lord Sunnarayan (the sun). May the mercy of Surya Dev be with us all, may we do not get sick and no grieve be bestowed upon us, for these causes Suryanarayana is worshiped. Surya Narayan works to make progress in the development […]
Rato Matsyendranath Rathyatra, Lalitpur. Chariot procession of Rato Matsyendranath of Lalitpur is one of the festivals among many celebrated throughout the year in our country Nepal, which is considered to be one of the rich country in terms of various cultures, traditions, and customs. This chariot procession, celebrated especially by the Newar community of Lalitpur as well as other castes, is known as the longest celebrated festival not only in Lalitpur but also in the whole of Nepal. Rato Matsyendranath's chariot procession, which has a history of about 1,600 years, has a most significant place in Patan, i.e. Lalitpur, and it occupies an important place in Nepal, including the Kathmandu Valley. According to the Nepali Patro (Nepali Calendar), this chariot procession starts from Baisakh Shukla Pratipada and ends in the month of Asar on the day of Asar Shukla Chauthi after about two months time. Rato Matsyendranath's (Bung Dhya) chariot procession circumambulates the Lalitpur area, starting from Pulchowk and going through different places as Nha Tole, Ga Bahal- Mahapal, Mangal Bazar - Sundhara of Lalitpur coming towards Lagankhel and finishes off in Jawlakhel after the Bhoto Jatra ceremony. The name of Jawalakhel in Nepal Bhasa has an interesting context as well. Previously Jawlakhel was known as “Ja Hwala Khya” meaning a place to scatter cooked rice. The so-called "Ja Hwala Khya" later became Jawalakhel due to corruption from the previous word. The day before the Bhoto Jatra, the cooked rice is still sprinkled around the chariot to ward off demons, because of this reason Jawalakhel was previously known as Ja Hwala Khya. Sanatan Hindus worship Rato Machhindranath as Guru Karunamaya, while Buddhists in Nepal worship him as "Padma Pani Lokeshwar" (one among the five Buddhas, the fourth). The chariot of this procession, i.e. the chariot of Rato Machhindranath (Shri Karunamaya Bung Dhya), which started during the reign of King Narendradev in the Licchavi period, has a religious belief that it should be built by the local "Barahi" caste of the region. During the procession of Rato (Red) Matsyendranath, first of all, the clay from the hill of Mhepi is brought and the idol is made from that clay. And the spirit of a Black Bumble Bee deity from an urn is placed inside that clay idol by a religious method. After the ritual worship on the full moon day during the month of Chaitra, the construction work of the chariot starts a day later. The chariot measures 32 cubits high, 32 cubits long, and 32 stories in length. The wheels to move that move this chariot is also 32 cubits. All these details show that this chariot indeed contains a very strong example of an age-old architecture existing in Lalitpur. The chariot constructed with a skillful combination of wood and cane and is very strong. Even though the chariot is taller in proportion to the area occupied by the wheel it does not tilt easily. Rato Machhindranath's chariot, built as such a tall structure but in a balanced manner, is certainly a model of the world's best workmanship to date. After performing various religious deeds on different dates, on the day of Baishakh Krishna Pratipada date Karunamaya/Rato Matsyendranath's "Nhava" i.e. sacred bathing ceremony is held. After the bathing ceremony, and installing the gods’ image on the chariot, its procession starts on the Chauthi Tithi, after cow donation (Gau Daan), Shanti Swasti are performed on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Rato Machhindranath's chariot, also known as the living heritage of Nepal, is decorated with green Juniper after its construction. In the conclusion of Rath Yatra after the Bhoto Jatra, the idol of Matsyendranath is kept at Bungamati. It is a custom to keep the idol of Lord Matsyendranath at Patan for six months and Bungamati for six months of the year. It is said that during the Lichhavi period, when drought took place in the valley for 12 years, King Narendradev of Bhaktapur, Tantric Bajracharya Guru Bandhu Dutta of Kathmandu, and agricultor Rath Chakra of Patan brought Matsyendranath from Kamrup Kamakhya of Assam. These same people, in consultation with each other, started to keep the figure in Bungmati for 6 months and the last 6 months in Patan. Accordingly, the practice of keeping the idol of Rato Matsyendranath in Patan for six months and in Bungamati for six months is still in practice. There is also a tradition of musical bands joining the procession with music along with Shardul Batallion in the rath yatra. In the evening when the chariot reaches Ga: Bahal, there is a tradition of organizing a feast called 'Choyla Bhu'. Rato Matsyendranath, also known as Arya-Avalokiteshwar, is called by different names like Karunamaya, Raktavalokiteshwara, Loknath, Padma Pani Bunga Lokiteshwar, etc. However, the Newar community has popularized Rato Matsyendranath by the name 'Bung Dhya'. Rato Matsyendranath's Rath Yatra, which begins at Pulchowk, is concluded by taking the image to Bungmati after the Bhoto Jatra conclusion in Jawlakhel. Rato Matsyendranath Rathyatra, Lalitpur. Chariot procession of Rato Matsyendranath of Lalitpur is one of the festivals among many celebrated throughout the year in our country Nepal, which is considered to be one of the rich country in terms of various cultures, traditions, and customs. This chariot procession, celebrated especially by the Newar community of Lalitpur […]