Photos: Kukur Tihar 22nd October 2014

The second day of Tihar is called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja (worship of the dogs). It is also called as Khicha Puja by the Newari Community. Dog which is believed to be messenger of Lord Yamaraj the God of death, is worshiped once a year on this day. People offer garlands, tika and delicious food to the dogs, and acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and the dogs. This day is also observed as Narka Chaturdashi.