Gangadasahara Vrata । Gosaikunda Snan Samapti । International Day of Family Remittances । International Father's Day | Hamro Patro

ब्लग - साहित्य / चाडपर्व तथा दिन विशेष लेखहरू

Gangadasahara Vrata । Gosaikunda Snan Samapti । International Day of Family Remittances । International Father's Day

Gangadasahara Vrata/Gosaikunda Snan Samapti Special Audio

Importance of Ganga Dasahara
The importance of Jestha Shukla Pratipada tithi is very high. On this tithi, in the Vedic period, Bhagirathi brought Ganga to earth. Before this, the holy Ganga used to flow only in the heavens, but after this, it is believed that the descent of the Ganga took place on earth.

What are done today?
Thus, on the date of the arrival of Ganga, people plant basil seeds and start a series of holy baths. This series of baths is called Dashara bath. These series of holy baths, which last for 10 days from Pratipada to Ekadashi, are believed to destroy a kind of sin every day. This is called the Dasahara bath because one gets rid of ten types of sins in ten days.

The sin of taking an object without being allowed to do so, committing the crime, committing adultery, speaking harsh words, telling lies, slandering, blaspheming, wanting to usurp the property of others, wanting to harm others, and being stubborn without any reason. There is a classical belief that if you go to Triveni (A combination of three rivers) or any river and take a bath, your sins will be destroyed.

Gosainkunda Bathing ritual
ॐ अस्य श्री भगवान नीलकंठ सदा-शिव-स्तोत्र मंत्रस्य श्री ब्रह्मा ऋषिः, अनुष्ठुप छन्दः,
श्री नीलकंठ सदाशिवो देवता, ब्रह्म बीजं, पार्वती शक्तिः, मम समस्त पाप क्षयार्थंक्षे म-स्थै-आर्यु-आरोग्य-अभिवृद्धयर्थं
मोक्षादि-चतुर्वर्ग-साधनार्थं च श्री नीलकंठ-सदाशिव-प्रसाद-सिद्धयर्थे जपे विनियोगः।

For The Neelakanta Sadhashiva Mantra Prayer, the Sage Is Brahma, the Meter Is Anushtup,

The God Addressed Is Neelakanta Sadhashiva, the Seed Is Brahma, the Power Is Parvati
And For Complete Destruction of All My Sins, For Enhancement of Pleasant Life and Stability of Life. Span And Health, For Getting The Four Things Dharma, Prosperity, Desires And Salvation, I Am Chanting This Mantra.

Neelkantha and the formation of Gosaikunda
Neelkantha, the one who has a blue throat, I begin from here today, and this is a splendid story. Lord Shiva swallowed the Halahal poison which appeared during the Samudra Manthan, Nilkantha in the desperation of the poison went straight to holy Gosaikunda Lake in the mountains and slept there under the cold water.At an altitude over 4380 meters above sea level, Gosainkunda (Gosain means Lord and Kunda is a holy pond) is believed to have been created by the Trisul of Lord Shiva.

To get the elixir from the ocean, the Samundra Manthan or the churning process was on its go, a lot of things came out of the ocean which included gold, silvers, gems, goddesses Luxmi, Dhawantari, and many more. Among all those, deadly Halahal poison was one among them, this was so deadly that it perished everyone who came into contact with it. Gods and demons were asphyxiated because of the effect, sooner Bramhma and Vishnu asked for help from Lord Shiva.

Upon the consumption of this poison, Lord Shiva started turning blue, alarmed by the rapidly spreading poison into Lord Shiva's body Goddesses Parwati entered Shiva's throat in the form of Mahavidya and controlled the spreading of poison confining its effect only to his throat.Hence, Neelkantha connotes that we need to control all our negative thoughts and keep working towards achieving our goals.

Gosainkunda, a place that must be visited once in a lifetime, has a tradition of taking a holy dip every year with thousands of devotees, this starts from today. The number of devotees bathing in the holy shrine of Rasuwa, Gosainkunda, concludes today.

There is a religious belief that bathing, giving alms, and offering Tarpan in Gosainkunda will assist ancestors to liberate and achieve salvation. These holy dips will also assist to get rid of the sins committed for life and fulfill their desires.

The International Day of Family Remittances
The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is a universally-recognized observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and celebrated every year on 16 June. The Day recognizes the contribution of over 200 million migrants to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home, and to create a future of hope for their children. Half of these flows go to rural areas, where poverty and hunger are concentrated, and where remittances count the most.

Through this observance, the United Nations aims to bring greater awareness of the impact that these contributions have on millions of households, but also on communities, countries, and entire regions. The Day also calls upon governments, private sector entities, as well as the civil society, to find ways that can maximize the impact of remittances through individual, and/or collective actions.

Do you know?
The IDFR recognizes the crucial contribution of over 200 million migrant workers who send money to over 800 million family members in low- and middle-income countries. It highlights the resilience of migrant workers in the face of uncertainty while promoting reduced transfer costs and greater financial inclusion through remittances.

Remittances are a lifeline to the developing world and are used to pay for basic household needs, education and entrepreneurship. While individual remittances may be relatively small (the average remittance is US$200-US$300 a month), collectively, these flows are three times greater than global official development assistance.

Over the past 20 years, remittance flows have increased five-fold. Even during economic downturns, remittances continue to flow as they bind migrants to their families back home, helping them stay afloat. In 2022, migrant workers sent US$626 billion home, a growth of 10.2 percent compared to 2021.

Theme of The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) 2024
The theme of the 2023-2024 #FamilyRemittances campaign, “Digital remittances towards financial inclusion and cost reduction,” draws our attention to the positive effects of digitalization in reducing the costs of sending money home, improving access, and advancing financial inclusion.
This year, the IDFR will be observed in conjunction with the GFRID Summit 2023 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya. The observance theme will focus on the benefits that digital and financial inclusion bring when linked to remittances in helping remittance families achieve their own SDGs.

Remittances in Nepal

The practice of informally sending remittances through hundi is still present in Nepal and with the increasing access of remittance companies and financial service providers, the practice of sending remittances through formal channels in the country is increasing. Remittances through Hundi do not earn foreign currency in Nepal.Nepal’s remittance earnings increased 27 percent to Rs689.88 billion in the first seven months of the current fiscal year, as compared to the same period last year, as the number of Nepali youths opting for foreign jobs continues to rise sharply.

According to Nepal Rastra Bank, the country’s central bank, the number of Nepali workers taking approval for foreign employment increased 57.3 percent to 314,767 in the review period. The number of Nepali workers [renew entry] taking approval for foreign employment increased 10 percent to 167,708 in the review period.

Hamro Remit
With our zeal and our pursuit to simplify the remittance transaction in Nepali, we've also started the "Hamro Remit" service, and today, Hamro Patro would like to thank all users and stakeholders out there for having trust in us and being a part of the "Hamro Remit" service. You can also give it a try, "Hamro Remit" is the best way to send money to Nepal.This day is extremely important for the Nepali environment, which is based on remittances as an economy. Respect remittances and respect the family members who send remittances.

International Father's Day

World Father's Day, also known as International Fathers Day, is a day dedicated to celebrating and honoring fathers and father figures worldwide. It is a time to recognize and appreciate the contributions, sacrifices, and love that fathers provide to their families and communities.

While Father's Day is celebrated on different dates in various countries, the concept of a global Fathers Day aims to promote the importance of fatherhood and the positive impact fathers have on their children's lives.

The exact origins of World Fathers Day are not clear, but it is believed to have evolved from the United States' observance of Fathers Day, which began in the early 20th century. The official recognition of Fathers Day in the United States came in 1972 when it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon.World Fathers Day is typically celebrated on the third Sunday in June, following the tradition established in the United States. However, some countries may have their own designated dates for Fathers Day. For example, in Australia, Fathers Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September.

On this day, children and family members often express their gratitude and love for their fathers through various gestures, such as giving cards, gifts, or spending quality time together. It is a time for families to come together and show appreciation for the paternal figures in their lives.

World Fathers Day serves as a reminder of the vital role fathers play in the upbringing and development of their children. It promotes the importance of strong and nurturing father-child relationships and encourages society to recognize and support fathers in their roles as caregivers, mentors, and role models.

Please note that the celebration and customs of Fathers Day may vary across cultures and countries.

-Suyog Dhakal

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