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Buba ko mukh herne din

Buba ko mukh herne din or Fathers day in Nepali is also known as Kushe Aaunshi or Pitritarpani Aaunshi or Gokarne Aaunshi. In hindu religion Father, Mother and Teacher are respected as God. Even Father is considered as teacher, protector and and the saviour. This shows father should be respected more. And hence there is a day to respect father with fruits and tasty foods with gifts called as Kushe Aaunshi in Nepali.

This is very special day. Married women return to their fathers home and bring fruits, sweets, and tasty foods that fathers like and respect him.

Kushe aaunshi is on Bhadau or Bhadra month of Bikram sambat calendar. It falls in Bhadra Krishna Aaunshi.

For those who already loss father respect their deceased father by giving Sida daan to pandit. Sida daan is a holy collection of rice grains, other food materials and clothes. It is considered giving daan to pandit on this day directly goes to the deceased father in the Heaven.

There is also a tradition of giving Sraddha or Pinda daan to the deceased father on the place called Gokarna. While some perform Sraddha in their home or at the bank of river or any holy place.

How Kushe Aaunshi Started?

Once upon a time Shiva and Parbati disappeared from Himalaya parbat. This made all the gods surprised. After many days, they were worried and started to search them all accross the universe. After a long search, Bramha along with other gods found them in the form of deer in the Sleshmantak forest of Pashupatinath located in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shiva was recognized to Bramha by his horns. Horns of Shiva came out in the Bramha's hand and Lord Shiva asked Bishnu and Bramha to establish those horns as Shiva linga somewhere in Nepal. Then they placed the horin in the Gokarna forest. From that moment, people worship Shiva as Gokarneshwor Mahadev and perform pinda daan (Homage to deceased people) and it is equivalent of visiting Gaya 10 times. Gaya is the holy place located in Bihar, India.

Meaning of Kush

Kush is a holy grass used extensively in the hindu worship and ceremonies, taking bath, during daan, Jaap, Hom, etc. On the day of Kushe aaunshi people bring kush in their home. Since the day is aaunshi so the day is called kushe aaunshi. The importance of Kush is better explainded in Bhagwat Gita, Vishnu puran, Arthaved and Garud Puran. Slok relating to Kush in Sanskrit:

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

The scientific name of Kush is Eragrostis Cynosuroides.