Swasthani Brata Katha festival

Hindu women sit around fires to warm themselves up before taking a holy bath during the first day of the Swasthani Brata Katha festival at Saali River near Kathmandu. The month-long festival is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involving the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by the two Gods in many Hindu households.

( Reuters photo / January 9, 2012 )

Hindu women sit around fires to warm themselves up before taking a holy bath during the first day of the Swasthani Brata Katha festival at Saali River near Kathmandu. The month-long festival is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involving the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by the two Gods in many Hindu households.

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