‘Ghost fair’ begins at Sonamai


Oct 17, 2018-

The traditional ghost fair (Bhoot Mela) has commenced at Sonamai Temple in Mahottari district on Tuesday.

The fair is held every year at the temple during Bada Dashain festival.

The ‘ghost fair’ takes place for four days from Saptami or the seventh day of the 10-day Dashain festival.

Hundreds of devotees including the so-called karanis visit the fair and pay homage to the goddess at the temple, the chief priest at the temple, Kameshwar Jha, said.

Karanis are people believed to be suffering from evil spell cast by the ghosts and fiends.

Hundreds of devotees and the karanis from Nepal and India throng the temple in the belief that the people possessed by evil spirits will be exorcised from the influence of the fiendish forces after performing certain rituals at the goddess’ shrine.

The shamans who also are among the devotees who visit the temple say that people who come here crying in agony and pain go home happy after the evil spirits are exorcised. Scores of shamans and faith healers are seen busy chanting hymns and performing various rituals as part of the fair.

It is believed that a person is protected from the evil spirits and bad omen by paying homage to the goddess during the ‘ghost fair’.

Published: 17-10-2018 08:16

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