Kushe Aunsi - Fathers' day Festival in Nepal.

The Nepalese people celebrate  their traditional fathers' day.  Kushe Aunsi is a fathers' day festival and is also known as Gokarna Aunsi.

This is a special day set apart for the veneration of one's father. On this auspicious day, sons as well as daughters go home to meet and spend quality time with their fathers. Home-cooked delicacies, sweets, meat and other gifts are offered to all fathers. The Nepali celebration is completely unrelated to the Western celebration of Father's Day.

On the streets are seen married daughters with goodies making their way to their maternal home to meet, no matter how busy their schedule is. Many people celebrate this festival by offering prayers to the Shiva shrine at Gokarna Temple. People also visit the temple at Gokarna or other holy places to perform "shradh" in memory of their deceased fathers.

The date does not coincide with the international fathers’ day and is based on the lunar calendar as all the other cultural festivals celebrated in Nepal.

मातृ देवो भव ।
पितृ देवो भव ।।
गुरू देवो भव ।।।

This means, Parents are the god. Mother is remembered on the Matatirthey aaunshi, Guru is remembered on Guru Purnima and today is the day of honoring, remembering, and special dedication of father. Today is Kushe aaunshi or buwa ko mukh herne din.

Every morning in the world gradually transforms into an evening, the rising sun has a setting and with the order of these days and evenings life grows and sometimes the role of father, sometimes son, sometimes mother and sometimes daughter continues. Regardless of our religion or denomination, most of us had our first step holding the hand of our father, our first word probably saying baba or ama (papa or mama). Father works day and night to decorate our lives, give us karma, and protect us. Today is therefore a day to formally acknowledge every father of this planet.

On the day of Kushe Aunshi, the children who are in the physical presence of the father look at his face and give him gifts of sweets, fruits, clothes, etc., and the children who are abroad also talk on the phone. Those whose fathers are dead, remember their fathers through ritual and spiritual contemplation. With increasing modernity, the practice of keeping fathers and mothers in old age homes, neglecting them due to lack of time and resources, and treating them with contempt is on the rise.

To deepen the feeling of patriarchy in the coming generations, the importance and need of today's generation to fulfill the obligation towards the father is increasing and must increase further.

Let's happily remember the father who gave birth to us, let us know what we love about him, and let us smile again by remembering the memories of childhood, shouldn't we? Happy Kushe aaunshi, Nepali father's day.

Importance of Kush

स्नाने दाने जपे होमे स्वध्याये पितृकर्मणि
करौ सदर्भौ कुर्वीत तथा सन्ध्याभिवादने ।।

That is to say, the multi-purpose Kush used in bathing, chanting, bathing, giving alms, recitation, and even in ancestor acknowledgment rituals (Pitri Karma) are considered important by the followers of the Sanatana Hindu religion.

Importance of Kush in our lives

This sacred and scientifically proven plant is a widespread genus in the grass family found on almost all continents, inhabited hills, and islands. Kush is a sacred plant with a very important cultural and religious role in the Vedic Sanatan Hindu rites, the scientific significance of which has also been proven.

Kush, scientifically called Eragrostis cynosuroides, is a sharp-edged grass of religious faith. Let me explain the origin of this scientific name derived from the Greek word, Eros means to love so this is considered as a love grass too. Agrostis means grass. Also considered as highly nutritious fodder for livestock, Kush is a companion of human civilization since primitive days. Scientifically, this grass is a hyperaccumulator of cesium-137, functioning as a remover of highly toxic radioactive atoms from the environment.

A variety of medicines are also made from the roots of the plant Kush, which is easily available from the Terai to the hills of Nepal. In ancient times, Kush's sharp grass was cut with empty hands during the examinations of the students studying in the Gurukul. Kush is compulsory in every ritual of Satanaga philosophy. Today, Kush is brought home on a night or Aaunshi. The glory of Kush is also described in the Bhagavad Gita, Garuda Purana, Atharva Veda, and Vishnu Purana. The diaries and rituals of Hinduism are very scientific, the Gita and the Vedas are the mothers of invention.

Even the people who used to ridicule Sanatan Sanskar under the guise of modernity have now started concentrating on Sanatan Sanskar and its practical aspects.

Proven scientific Importance of Kush

During a scientific experiment, a handful of Kush was placed between the radiations and it was found that Kush reflected all the radiations away from its surroundings. Thus the perpetual use of Kush in the Sanatan culture presents the records of ancient science and the effective practical lifestyle. From generation to generation, Hinduism encourages everyone to use the rings and other cultural uses made from this scientifically proven marvelous Kush. The use of Kush as a ring on the finger of the right hand demonstrates the belief and scientifically proven principles that annihilate the turbulent waves and radiation in the atmosphere. Gather Kush, Gather love, and stay safe.

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