Father's day in Nepal

Kushe Aausi or Pitritarpani Aausi or Gokarne Aausi

(बाबुको मुख हेर्ने दिन, गोकर्णे औंसी , कुशे औंसी )

What is Kushe Ausi

Father, mother and teacher are given the place of God in Hindu religion. Father, Pita or Babu is guru, rakshak and the palankarta. That means father is teacher, protector and the savior. Father's day is the day of paying respect once again to him. 

Father’s Day is also known as Kuse Ausi or Pitri Tirpani Aausi or Gokarne Ausi. This day Nepali people pay their homage to their father with their favorite food, clothing and other dad’s favorite stuff. 

Mukh Herne means "to allow someone as our relative or give respect or to recognize the achievement of someone". 

This is a special day, we recognize and pay respect to our father for his care and love to us (his children and family) during his life. Hence,  this day is called "Babu ko Mukh herne din” . The literal meaning of Mukh Herne is to see someone's face. 

When is Father’s day or Kuse Ausi in Nepal

Kuse ausi is on Bhadra Krishna Ausi. Ausi is no-moon day. 

This year father's day in Nepal is on Bhadra 27, 2072, which is on Sept 13, 2015 in English calendar.

What we do in Father's day

In Father's day, he who has already lost his father remember  him giving Sida daan to pandit (Sida is holy mixture of rice grains
and other pure food materials with clothes). 

Some men in Kathmandu go to Gokarna (a place east in Kathmandu) to do the Sraddha or pinda daan to their deceased father and some do Shradha at home or at the near river or at any holy place nearby.

Once Shiva and Parbati disappeared from Himalaya parbat. All the gods were very surprised and started searching them all across the universe. Brahma and other gods, caught Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati in Deer's lives hiding in Sleshmantak forest in Pashupatinath. The "Buck" Shiva was caught by Brahma by his horns. Horns of Shiva came out in Brahma's hand.  Then Lord Shiva asked Brahma and Bishnu to establish those horns as Shiva linga in somewhere in Nepal as they think fit. Brahma placed it in Gorkarna. Since then, It is believed that worshiping Shiva in Gokarneshwor Mahadev and doing pinda daan (homage to dead people) is equivalent of visiting Gaya 10 times (Gaya is another Hindu holy place). 

How do we celebrate Bau ko mukh herne din

Nepal has more than 70 ethnic groups with almost all have their own tradition and languages. The people of different  communities and tribe have their own way of celebrating father’s day. Some communities celebrate it empty stomach early in the morning and some communities celebrate it in the evening. 

However, all the communities prepare foods and tasty feast in and serve it to their father. The celebration and fun of the festival depends upon the place, climate and ethnicity.  

What is Kush

Kush is a type of holy grass. There is a tradition to bring Kush home on this day of Aushi (no moon day). Hence, this day is called Kushe Aushi. The importance of Kush is explained in Shreemad Bhagwat Gita, Vishnu Puran, Arthaved, and  Garud Puran. 

Kush brought home on Kushe Aushi day is used all the year long. Kush is very important grass and used in all the Hindu rituals and Poojas in Nepal.

Here is Sloka in Sanskrit about usage of Kush……

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


Kush is used while taking bath, during dan, jap, hom, pathpooja, pitrikarya and during dusk. Therefore, Kush is regarded very important in Hindu culture. 

Know More About Kush  ( Dharbham )
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Hindu people use Kush grass in all functions, auspicious or in-auspicious, a ritual performing person needs to tie kush round the finger (wear a ring made) of this grass.

It is a tradition of keeping Kush home from centuries. It is scientifically proved that this grass absorbs radiations and bad rays. Even the x-ray can be absorbed by this grass, imagine what else it can do. 

A study was also conducted by taking a bunch of Kush grass in hand and taken x-ray. Much of x-ray was absorbed by Kush. That is why puran and other hindu epics described Kush to wear in right hand finger as a ring. It is said Kush absorb the bad vibration in the atmosphere and purify the body of one wearing kush ring.
The count of leaves depends upon the function that is held viz.: for some functions related to death only Single leaf Dharbham is used; for Auspicious and daily routine a ring made of two leaves is used; for inauspicious but not death related functions, (i.e. Amavasya Tharppanam,Pithru Pooja etc) a three leaf Dharbham ring is used. And for the Temple Prayer and Pooja, a Four-leaf Dharbham ring is used.

Also, when a fire ritual known as Agni Santhana is performed, these Kush are spread all the four sides of the Agni Kunda. Also, during the Eclipse time, these Kush (Dharbham) are used to cover all food items to protect them from the harmful ultra violet radiation.

Whenever any function is held, first Hindus perform a site cleansing act known as "Sudhhi Punyaahavachanam". While reciting the selective versus, they hold the Dharbham bunch in their hand and placing the tip point of it over the vessel containing water. Thus the recited vibration values are absorbed by water in the vessel through the kush (Dharbham)
If dharbam is cut & collected on the Avani Amavasya day (Kuse Aushi) it can be retained for usage for one full year. Also, if cut on the Masi Amavasya day then also one can use it for full year. There is a specific slokha for cutting dharbam (the holy grass) that is to be recited while cutting it. 

If Dharbam is obtained from a Brahmin who doesn't know this slokam or versus, the Dharbam is useless, states the Vedic scripts.

ॐ विरिन्चना सहोत्पन्न परमेष्ठीनिसर्गत: । 
नुद सर्वाणी पापानी दर्भ स्वस्तिकरोभव । ॐ हुँ फट स्वहा ।  
With Sanskrit phonetic sound and vibration, using the Kush (Dharbham) increases its value. The usage varies according to the functions. It is really a marvel, that in those days of Vedic Era, the Sages & Saints of Hindu land used to control the Magnetic path disturbances, just by simply using this Kush (Dharbham). One more important thing about the Kush is, which is not commonly known to many, that one case use the same Dharbam again and again for seven times, provided, it is washed and dried properly before reuse. It has same power and strength for usage several times. However, the Kush used for any inauspicious ceremonies like Death and karma rituals, should never be used again, as it absorb the ill power from those events to purify the atmosphere.
Apart from the above, it is said Kush cannot be planted and grown everywhere. It only grows naturally at selective places. It has its potential soil selection, magnetic path locations and soil conditions that add value to its growth only in selective places. 

If it is kept for a longer time, say for more than six months, (except one cut during Masi & Avani Amavasya days.) then it loses its value and the power of absorbing the radiation or magnetic path control values. However, the same can be used even after six month, only if it is re-energized with specific counts of Gayatri Mantra and when the Gayatri Japa mantra water is sprinkled on it. There is a system and ritual to revibrate/renergize the Dharbam after its lapes of six month. 


About kush :
http://www.trsiyengar.com/id65.shtml by TRS Iyengar

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