Devotees in Nepal celebrate auspicious Monday of holy month

STORY: This day of the month-long 'Shraavan' or monsoon, which saw devotees in Kathmandu taking holy dips in the Bagmati River, is considered extremely auspicious in Hindu religion.

"We do this for our own satisfaction and get rid of sins," said a devotee, Deepu Thakur.

Devotees were seen offering oil lamps in front of the temple's fire pit. They comprised of 'Kanwars', who are a group dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva.

Monsoon season is associated with Lord Shiva as per the Hindu religion and it is believed that praying to him during the period would help bring luck and prosperity to the devotees.

The devotees also believe that offering prayers to Shiva would help them attain salvation.