participate, dressed alike—Maharjan women in the traditional haku patasii dress; men intraditional daura suruwal and dhaka topi.
Buddha defeats Mara:
As stated in Lalitavistara Sutra Lord Buddha vanquishes the Mara in the Full Moon dayof month of shravan and in the second day Maras worshipped Him out of respect anddevotion.Since the light of wisdom downs on Him, the Buddha.Newar Buddhistcelebrates this as Festival of lights ( New:mataya)This is the festival commemorating the victory of Shakya Muni over the Maras. WhenSiddhartha was performing austere practice to become Buddha, The Enlightened One,the Maras disguised themselves as demons and damsels in order to disturb hismeditation.In the Buddhist text like Lalitavistara daughters of Mara are called
ragarati, dveshrati and moharati
, and so forth.That means the attachment or craving,hatred or Ignoranceand so on.The day of Mataya is the day when Shakya Muni overcame his temptations or afflictionsand attained Buddhahood.It is said that these maras began to appear in the form of demons or wild animals such as monkeys and lions.Even the God Maheshvara come to pay homage to Buddha sometimes with sevensages ( sapta rishis) to appreciate Buddha's victory over Mara.The devotees offer rice,grains, vermilion, incense, alms bowl at the shrines. The offering of oil or butter lampssignifies the enlightenment of Sakya Muni Buddha.
Event on Buddha's visit to Lumbini.
We are going to describe here some special feature in the procession of Matayacelebration.This is an event of Buddha's visit to Lumbini.In this event the committee invites somevolunteers to participate in this event to dresse themselves as various gods whichincludes Brahma, Vishnu , Maheshvara, Indra, varuna, Nagaraja and so forth towelcome
Buddha's visit to Lumbini
after enlightenment.Newar Buddhists are fond of