These Photos Of How Dogs Are Honoured In Nepal Will Inspire You To Treat Them Better
After years of being man's best friend - pets and strays alike - are given the royal treatment!
In Nepal, during Tihar - Nepal's version of Diwali - a day is set aside to honour and celebrate man's best friend.
The festival is part of the five-day festival where Hindus honour a different animal each day.
Hindus believe that dogs are the guardians of the gates to the afterlife. They also represent the concept of dharma - the road to righteousness.
Dogs are especially important to Nepal’s Hindu practitioners. During day two of Tihar, Kukur Tihar, the role of dogs in human life and throughout history is celebrated. In the Rigveda, one of Hinduism’s most ancient texts, Samara — the mother of dogs — assists Indra, the ruler of heaven, in retrieving stolen cattle.
Hindu tradition holds that a dog is the guardian and messenger of Yama, the lord and judge of the dead. A dog is also said to guard the gates of the afterlife and represent the concept of dharma, the path of righteousness.
On 10 November, canines are given garlands, a mark on the forehead called tika - as a sign of holiness and blessings
Many of the dogs, especially service dogs were honoured and decorated at the Central Police Dog Training School in Kathmandu, Nepal
Dogs were worshipped at the Central Police Dog Training School in Kathmandu, Nepal. Police officers worshipped their canine counterparts to acknowledge their role in providing security. The dogs were decorated in garland, sprinkled with colorful powders and given various treats.mashable.com
Many animal rights organisation uses this day as an opportunity to raise awareness for the need to care for strays
"How is it that these animals, so respected one day, can be neglected the next?" said Uttam Kafle, director of Animal Nepal, who estimates that more than 22 500 dogs live on the streets of Kathmandu alone.
This year the organisation took in more older dogs than usual, he said, partly because so many were made homeless by the devastating earthquake in May.