Second day Deepawli Tihar
Diwali, one of the great celebrations in the Hindu calendar, is a five-day autumn festival generally known as the festival of lights. Each day has its own focus, and specific observances vary from one denomination of Hinduism to another. Regardless of regional and denominational differences, Diwali is a period of gift-giving, storytelling, and recognition of the relationships humans have with all things.
The second day Deepawli Tihar called Kukur Tihar. People offer garlands, tika and delicious food to dogs and acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and dogs..
Dogs occupy a special place in Hindu mythology every home or street and they get special treatment in this day.
As mentioned in the Mahabharata, Bhairava, a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, had a dog as a vahana (vehicle). It is belived that YAMA the god of death own two dogs each with four eyes.
The dogs are said to watch over the gates of Naraka, the Hindu concept of Hell. Owing to this belief, this day is also observed as Naraka Chaturdashi.
Share your fondest memories of Kukur Tihar in the comments! How will you honor your dog today?. .