Variation of Moni Nakhah and Daśain

Authors

  • Saraswati Rashmi Shakya Tribhuvan University, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hj.v14i2.59065

Keywords:

Daśain, Festival, Mahiṣāsuramardini, Moni, Śakti

Abstract

Moni Nakhah and Daśain fall during the same days in the lunar calendar, both bear equal importance and relevance in their respective cultural origins. The influence of Hinduization and Sanskritization that arose with the entry of several rulers in the Nepaa Maṇḍala caused momentum forcing the identity of the ones who celebrate it to be in crisis. Festivals like Moni and Daśain with varying cultural backgrounds have co-existed and should, rather than facing a transitional merger. Moni and Daśain are both unique festivals that snowballed into bearing some similarities with time. It is noteworthy that, nowadays, using the terms Daśain and Moni interchangeably does not appear to elicit any concerns. This article aims to elucidate the differences between these two festivals unveiling the influence of Sanskritization and Hinduization.

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Author Biography

Saraswati Rashmi Shakya, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Ph.D. Scholar, Central Department of Buddhist Studies

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Published

2023-10-04

How to Cite

Shakya, S. R. (2023). Variation of Moni Nakhah and Daśain. Historical Journal, 14(2), 89–100. https://doi.org/10.3126/hj.v14i2.59065

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Research Article