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Monsoon Musings

A five-part series on Nepali festivals begins in this issue of Voice of Bhakti. We will be aiming to examine the festivals as and when they crop up during the coming year. This time it is the turn of the monsoon festivals - that densest period of festivals that begins just as the heaviest period of the monsoon gives way to the often lighter and more drawn out latter period. In coming issues we hope to cover Dasain, Tihar, Holi, and the chariot festival of Karunamaya/Matsyendranath. The emphasis on these articles will be to interpret the festivals as they are celebrated in the homes and streets of our neighbours, so that we might better understand them. This issue kicks off, however, with a fascinating account of the life of a great evangelist - Channappa D. Uttangi of Karnataka.

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