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Oct 26, 2020
Bijaya Dashami/Intersex Awareness Day
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Dashami Tika | Intersex awareness day

Someone longs for the Dakshina (Money received by younger after Tika), someone longs for blessings, new clothes, shoes, and the memory of missing relatives ... maybe! Dashain is a handful of gifts of love, affection, respect, and laughter that may be needed at any time in the past, present, and future. Welcome to this special day of this year’s Dashain Tika.

Having said that, it is important to remember the many obstacles this year, including corona infections, lockouts, global health crises, and lack of mobility and so many others as the aftermath. Dashain may have been a bit hollow, but I hope that in the years to come, we will be able to overcome these hollows, wherever we are, as we are.

Now, let me first explain what is Akshyata in general, Akshyata is a mixture of red abeer, curd, and rice which is mixed, and the colorful mixture is placed on the forehead as an auspicious Dashain gift and followed by blessings. All family member gathers together, worships the deities today and later they worship the main pillar of the house, main entrance and formally starts the Tika process.

Elderly people go to a person older than themselves to get Tika, normally elder one puts Tika to the younger ones. Now this year, the number of people going for Tika has simply decreased, there may be a decrease in the numbers and the availability of the foreheads, but there is certainly no barrier to blessings and remembrance.

This holy festival is not limited to Hinduism but is a traditional festival. It has been celebrated with joy and rejoicing even by Buddhists. The only difference is that Hindus worship the new Durga Bhagwati with a red tika, while Buddhists worship with the white Tika.

Today is Dashami Tithi i.e. the tenth day of Vijayadashami and this day which falls on this day is a word derived from Dashmi and Dussehra. Dussehra means the defeat of Dashanan Ravana (Dashanan means Dus = ten + anan = mouth). Ravana had ten heads and today is celebrated for the victory against him.

it is also mentioned that Durga Bhavani killed an asshole named Mahishashur on this day. This atmosphere of Tika, Jamra, and fun is considered as the victory of the gods over the demons, the victory of truth over untruth, and the victory of humanity over the inhuman elements.

 Different blessings are given to men and women while applying Tika, let me put the simple meaning of those Mantras here.

Mantra for Male

 आयू द्रोण सुते, श्रृयं दशरथे शत्रुक्षयं राधवे
 ऐश्वर्य नहुषे, गतिश्च पवने, मानं च दूर्योधने ।।
 सौर्य शान्तनवे, बलं हलधरे सत्यं च कुन्ती सुते
 विज्ञानं विदुरे भवतु भवतां कीर्तिश्च नारायणे ।।

May you live long like the age of Drona's son Asvatthama, may your deeds be famous like of King Dasharatha, may your enemy be diminished like of Lord Rama, May your prosperity be like of King Nahusha, may you attain the speed of Vayu, may you acquire the respect like of Duryodhana.

 Be generous like Surya Putra, be strong like Bhima, be truthful like Yudhisthira, be wise like Vidura, be well-known like Narayan.

For Female

 जयन्ती मङ्गलाकाली,
 भद्रकाली कपालिनी।
 दुर्गा क्षमा शिवाधात्री,
 स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तुते।

That is the goddess who has the power to conquer the whole world, who can diagnose every darkness, the goddess who is beyond the bounds of time, who wears a garland of human skulls and can diagnose all kinds of misery. O Goddess who protects this world! Accept the devotion offered by your devotee, we bow to you.

Heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on this auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami, a symbol of victory of truth over untruth and justice over injustice. Good luck to all, best wishes. May anger, greed, injustice, arrogance, impunity, cruelty, corruption and many forms of Ravan pervade, may hunger and thirst be eradicated from this world, May we all be able to fight this COVID virus.

Intersex awareness day

Intersex Awareness Day is celebrated annually on October 26. The day is commemorated in 1996 to commemorate the first public demonstration by the intersex community in the United States.

There is still a tendency in the world to discriminate based on gender, as a result of which people from intersex communities are celebrating their identity and equality very deeply around the world. Up to 1.7 percent of babies are born with sex characteristics that don’t fit typical definitions of male and female. That makes being intersex almost as common as being a black hair!

Being Intersex is about someone’s biological sex characteristics. This includes genitals, gonads, hormone levels and chromosome patterns. It is different from sexual orientation or gender identity – an intersex person could be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual, and they might be a woman, a man, both or neither.

Traditionally, heterosexuals are people who have a variety of sexual characteristics other than the two genders. So far, more than 40 types of intersex diversity have been identified, some examples being both genitals, obscure genitalia, uterine and external genitalia in the internal reproductive organs, external genitalia, vagina and internal testicles. Being intersex is a biological sexual characteristic and is normal.
 The sexual identities of intersex people can be male, female or otherwise. Interracial people can have a variety of sexual orientations, including heterosexual (straight), homosexual (bisexual), and bisexual. Intersexual characteristics are not a disorder, deformity or disease of any kind, it is a normal and natural biodiversity.

Awareness on intersexual gender and concerns in the necessity of today. Best wishes.

Suyog Dhakal

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