The Concord family hosts an 8-day prayer and meditation event to honor ancestors

  • Buddah Adhikari from Ohio dives into the water during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family of Concord from across the country stand by are gathered for the weeklong religious ceremony. .

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel (second from right) and Chudamuni Adhikari from Ohio (center) lead a group of celebrants from different families during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday 28 September 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family of Concord from across the country gathered for the week-long religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel (left) joins different families in the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family from Concord from across the country gathered gathered for the weeklong religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Ohio’s Chudamuni Adhikari (right)) and Yam Timsina walk along a path near the Merrimack River to join the other families for the ceremony on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
    GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel led a group of celebrants from different families in the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family from Concord from across the country gathered for the religious ceremony week. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Women dive into the water during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family from Concord from across the country gathered for the weeklong religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Durga Subedi of Ohio makes a flower offering during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan, or ritual bath, on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday. Relatives of the Adhikari family from Concord from across the country gathered for a week-long ceremony. Photos GEOFF FORESTER / Instructor staff

  • Participants enter the water during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family from Concord from across the country gathered for the weeklong religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel (second from right) and Chudamuni Adhikari from Ohio (center) lead a group of celebrants from different families during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday 28 September 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family of Concord from across the country gathered for the week-long religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Participants waded through the water during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan, or ritual bath, in the Merrimack River on Tuesday. Photos GEOFF FORESTER / Instructor staff

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel searches for water during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family from Concord from across the country gathered to the weeklong religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Participants splash water during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family from Concord from across the country gathered for the ceremony nun for a week. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel (second from right) and Chudamuni Adhikari from Ohio (center) lead a group of celebrants from different families in the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family of Concord from across the country gathered for the week-long religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Ohio’s Chudamuni Adhikari leads a shore prayer during the purification ritual on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel splashes in the water during the Hindu purification ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family from Concord from across the country gathered gathered for the weeklong religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • LEFT: Chudamuni Adhikari from Ohio chats with Bill Parker and Casey Lynch from Concord on their way to the ritual.

  • Participants walk along the Merrimack River near the Sewells Falls Bridge in search of the best place to hold the purification ritual on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • The offerings are placed by the Merrimack River during the ceremony on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • LEFT: Chhaya Devi Poudel prays during the Hindu purification ceremony.

  • Participants walk along a trail near the Merrimack River to the ceremony site on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chudamuni Adhikari from Iowa prays over the offerings during the purification ritual.

  • Participants make offerings on the bank of the Merrimack River during the clean-up ceremony on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • ABOVE: Yam Timsina, Assistant High Priest for the ceremony, is all smiles.

  • Chudamuni Adhikari of Ohio makes an offering at the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family of Concord from across the country gathered for the weeklong religious ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel prays as she wades through the water during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family of Concord from all over countries gathered for the religious week ceremony. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chhaya Devi Poudel prays as she wades through the water during the Hindu cleansing ceremony called Tirtha Snan or ritual bath on the banks of the Merrimack River on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Relatives of the Adhikari family of Concord from all over countries gathered for a religious week event. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel

  • Chudamuni Adhikari from Ohio walks along the Merrimack River to find a good location for the ceremony on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER — Controlling personnel


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