Matatirtha Aunshi | Hamro Patro

ब्लग - साहित्य / नेपाली चाडपर्व तथा दिन विशेष लेखहरू

Matatirtha Aunshi


May the children of all mothers be safe this year, may the mothers of all children be safe. May mercy is upon the mothers and children of every living being on this planet, may smiles be maintained, and may the families of all be happy. Amid the ever-increasing number of deaths due to corona panic, the increase in infections and the increasing pressure of patients in the hospital, the lack of oxygen and ventilators, this year's Matatirtha Aunshi is all the rage.

मातृदेवो भव ।
पितृदेवो भव ।।
आचार्यदेवो भव ।।।

 'जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरियसी'
 'कुपुत्रो जायते क्वचिदपि कुमाता न भवति'

The Sanskrit verses mentioned carrying the glory of Mother and motherhood. Welcome to the Baisakh Krishna aaunshi of this year, Ama ko Mukh Herne Din, the day to acknowledge our mothers for everything they did for us.

In the scriptures, the mother is found to be higher than the father. In this way, it is customary for children to receive blessings from their mothers by giving them reverence, devotion, respect, and gifts for their mothers.

Let me put this question today, what is the first word or noun or pronoun, we first knew to pronounce?

Many of us first learn to speak the word, Ama, mom, mommy, mamma, and others to address our mother. Our childhood days include waking up and looking for her and ending our days by ensuring she is home when we knock on doorsteps. Folks, let's remember the cuddling with our mother and tight squeezes in beds while rolling from one to another side of the bed, that maniac-like nonstop giggling and getting wrapped like a burrito. Messing up the home and anticipating mom to forgive us and redecorate things, her surprises on our every move and stupidities. My best part was my naïve approached to make my mom happy, my utmost ode to every mom on this planet.

On this auspicious day, people give tributes to their mothers in various forms, offering them their favorite foods, fruits, ornaments, clothes, and gifts. Love is not distributed proportionately in this world, those whose mothers are deceased also remember their mothers by going to temples and pilgrimage sites. Matatirtha which translates to mother's pilgrimage is a holy site on the eastern part of Kathmandu valley, people visit there and offer tributes to the soul of their deceased mother, people also visit the Aradhyadeb Pashupati area to remember their deceased mothers and show their gratitude. They donate "Sida", this is an ancient form of donating essentials like grains, lentils, ghee, vegetable, turmeric, salt, masala and other things which are needed to cook. It is believed that the soul of deceased mothers arrives on the riverside of pilgrimage on this day, people take a holy bath on the river or water taps and offer their prayers, Sida, and gratitude to their deceased mothers.

If you are away from your parents, give a call to your mother and hear her voice? Or freshen up your mother's love by remembering and elaborating your mother by sharing your mother's description and affection to your friends? Whatever we do, we need to be loyal and honest to the good of the world, to the love of the mother and the streams of milk we which sustained us.

Wishes of a meaningful Baisakh aaunshi.

Suyog Dhakal

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