On Diwali, dogs are worshipped here as messengers of God

dogVillages at Indo-Nepal border have their own unique ways of celebrating Diwali. Starting from Dhanteras to Diwali, several animals are worshiped, amongst which are dogs, considered messengers of Kal Bhairav.

Residents at these villages have been maintaining this ritual for centuries, and say that this is their way of respecting nature. Here dogs are worshipped as messengers of God

Dogs are garlanded with flowers and offered sweets. People at these villages believe Bhairav protects them from all harm. Some villages in Uttar Pradesh too mark Tihar with much fervour, amongst which are Bangavan, Ram Sanehi, Parshurampur, Majgavan and Belbhariya.

Dogs are worshipped on Kukur Tihar, the second day of Diwali, to appease Yama. They’re also honored for being faithful and loyal companions. Worshippers showered their furry friends — including those who live in shelters — with good food and garlands. A dash of vermillion paste was also applied to the dogs’ foreheads as a sign of holiness and blessing.

Dogs are worshipped on Kukur Tihar, the second day of Diwali, to appease Yama. They’re also honored for being faithful and loyal companions. Worshippers showered their furry friends — including those who live in shelters — with good food and garlands. A dash of vermillion paste was also applied to the dogs’ foreheads as a sign of holiness and blessing.

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