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Jya Punhi/Panauti Snan/Poornima Vrata/Kabir Jayanti/World Blood Donor Day

Newa Calender marking Jya Punhi and Panauti jatra
The eighth month of the Newa calendar is Tachala which coincides with the second month of Bikram Samvat. The full moon begins on the 15th day, starting with the new moon. This month is also divided into Shuklapaksha and Chandrapaksha which are called Tachala Thwa and Tachala Ga.

Jya Punhi and its importance in Buddhism
Now let's talk about the day of the full moon which is also called Gaindu Purne. On this day all Hindus and Buddhists celebrate together with joy. For Buddhists, this day is celebrated as Jya Punhi. It is said that Prince Siddhartha left home in search of knowledge on this day. There are some arguments that Buddha left his wife and son at home when he left home and thus disturbed his wife and son by abandoning domestic life and acquiring tragedy but several Buddhist scriptures acknowledge Yashodhara for her contribution and support to Buddha in his knowledge pursuit. In any case, on this full moon, Gautama Buddha gave up his domestic life to gain knowledge. The importance of this full moon is associated with knowledge and sacrifice, so the Newa community celebrates this full moon with joy. The originality of this pilgrimage is connected with the ancient and holy city of Panauti, 30 km southeast of Kathmandu.

The Pauauti city and its ancient importance
As a tributary of the Roshi, Punyamati, and Padmavati rivers, Panauti is a sacred city in Nepal that has been preserving art and cultural heritages for thousands of years. This Jatra is a fest of mating rituals between Lord Unmata Bhairava and Goddesses Bhadrakali. In this rath yatra, the intercourse analogy between Lord Bhairava and Bhadrakali is depicted and indirectly expressed, so it is customary to do some stages of the rath yatra secretly at night. During the rath yatra, the chariots are taken to different places in the city, and water is sprinkled on the chariots.

It takes 9 days to complete the Archana and Jatra versions of Jya Punhi, therefore the arrival and departure of Punhi last for 9 days. Dashami of Shuklapaksha, the Achanju priest offers sacrifices to the Tantric deities. On this auspicious day, the holy bath in the Punyamati Khola and Roshi Khola, also known as Roshimati are of special importance. This ritual is also called the Panauti bath.

We want to tell a little legend about when the river Punyamati was flooded many years ago and the priest had to cross the river to worship Brahmani and Bhadrakali. At the same time, the story of the priest crossing the river with the help of Vasuki Nag is heard throughout the procession.

This year's Jya Punhi or Panauti Punhi or Gaihu Purne, whatever you say, best wishes for this Purne. May the calm, civilized, positive, and inspiring energy always move in our life like the full moon of Shukla paksha.

Poornima Vrat

The last day of Shukla Paksha is the full moon day. Today is the Kartik Poornima, a Poornima which officially concludes the convoy of festivals. On this tithi, the moon is the brightest and most magnificent. It is believed that fasting on this day brings immense lunar grace to health, prosperity, and peace. On the full moon day, Lord Shiva and Vishnu are especially worshiped. Special worship to Lord Vishnu is done in the form of Satya Narayan Puja. Satya Narayan Puja is usually performed whenever possible, although the fruits of this puja performed on the day of the full moon are very abundant.

From a scientific point of view, it is said that gravity will have a great effect on the earth on the day of the full moon and self-purification will be done by fasting on this day and remembering the name of God. By fasting on this day, the metabolic process will be strengthened, gastric problems will be solved and positive energy will increase in the body.

This day is fasted from sunrise in the morning to moonrise in the evening. Some people observe this fast without drinking water, while others observe this fast by eating only one meal and eating no salt (alino) food. In the evening, after the moonrise, the fast ends with the sighting of the moon. Happy Jestha Shukla Purnima to everyone this year.

Let there be an end to the flood and landslide, and let there be the protection of both religion and the followers of religion.

Kabir Jayanti

When is Sant Kabir Jayanti?
According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Sant Kabir Jayanti is celebrated on the day of Jyeshtha Purnima, the full moon in the Hindu month of Jyeshtha. This means it normally takes place in late May or June.

History of Sant Kabir Jayanti
Jayanti means birth anniversary and Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti marks the birthday of Sant Kabir, an Indian mystic poet and saint who lived in the 15th century. His writings and work influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement and his verses are also found in the Sikh scriptures of Adi Granth.

The year of Kabir's birth is open to debate, with arguments made for both 1398 and 1518, though whatever the year, it is commonly accepted that he was born and raised in a family of Muslim weavers.

Despite his Islamic background, Kabir became a disciple of the Hindu Bhakti saint Ramananda.
Until other Gurus and Saints of the time, Kabir lived the simple life of a weaver. He got married and had children. During his life, he suffered some degree of persecution from both Muslims and Hindus, yet on his death, both religions tried to claim the body

That legacy of Kabir continues through the Path of Kabir (Kabir panth), a religious community that recognizes him as its founder and is one of the Sant Mat sects. The members are known as Kabir panthis.

In 1915, Kabir's poetry was brought to a wider audience when his work was translated into English by the famous Bengali polymath, Rabindranath Tagore.

World Blood Donor Day 2022

 Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives
World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year. The Day was created to:
Raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion;
Highlight the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems;
Support national blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations and other nongovernmental organizations in strengthening and expanding their voluntary blood donor programmes by reinforcing national and local campaigns.
The day also provides an opportunity to call to action governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, unpaid blood donors and to manage access to blood and the transfusion of those who require it.

Blood Donor Day is being celebrated on June 14, the birthday of Carl Landsteiner, the scientist who discovered human blood groups. The celebration of this day was started in 2004 at the call of the World Health Organization. This day is also celebrated as Blood Donation Day.

How is it observed?
This day is celebrated as a heroic campaign to spread awareness about the importance of blood and to thank the blood donors for their contribution to saving human lives. This day promotes a sense of volunteerism to motivate young people as new blood donors and to honor regular blood donors. The first Blood Donor Conference was organized in Nepal on BS. 2070 (Jestha 30 and 31) in recognition of the blood donors who fulfilled the need for blood.

Blood groups and blood donation
There are eight types of human blood groups and blood from matching groups according to their blood type is transfused into them. In this way, before donating blood, the blood of the donors is checked to see if there is an infection. In this way, donors are also informed about their medical history and health.

Generally, there is a difference of 3 months between donating blood once and donating blood again. While talking about blood donation, we may be wondering what it takes to donate blood, but some of us may already know these things. The minimum body weight for donating blood is 50 Kgs, a minimum of 18 years, and a maximum of 60 years. Blood donor boundaries may vary by country.

Blood donation is the ultimate donation. Blood is an indispensable substance in the body of every human being, delivering the necessary things to every tissue, balancing the body temperature, and protecting our vitality, blood is life.

Importance of donating blood
Because we donate blood, a parent gets his child back, a family gets the life of a loved one, and society does not have to lose a member prematurely. Donating blood does not harm our bodies and provides a measure of freshness and self-satisfaction. There is no need to be a doctor to save someone's life, blood donors are God's idols. It is possible to save millions of lives every year by donating blood. Blood donation is even more important during epidemics, wars, and accidents. Even during corona infection, plasma therapy and many other blood donations have made life easier for patients.

In Nepal too, the number of voluntary organizations and networks for blood donation has been increasing in recent times. Today, Hamro Patro also wants to commemorate all those organizations and networks. Some of us are afraid to donate blood because we are scared to be stabbed with a needle, which is very ridiculous. Blood donation is a very simple and common thing, what could be more proud than being able to donate life?

If you need blood to save the life of your brother or sister or family member, would you refrain from donating blood? Similarly, many brothers and sisters need blood, blood donors are life donors, don't hesitate to donate blood. All must unite to make Nepal free from blood shortage. Leaving a question to all of us who are above 18 years? Have you donated blood?

Suyog Dhakal

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