Hence Devi is worshipped on this day.It
was Durga who helped Ram (incarnation
of Vishnu), the central character of the
epic Ramayana, in defeating his arch foe
Ravan. It is believed Ram was eventually
successful in killing Ravan on the 9th
of the Nepali month Chait (Chaitra), so
the second day of the festival is called
Ram Nawami. (Nawami = ninth day).
An important aspect of this festival as
also of Bada Dashain is the animal sacrifices,
which are essential to appease Goddess
Durga. Hence blood sacrifices are carried
out in the temples of the Mother Goddesses
who are manifestations of Goddess Durga.
Many water buffaloes and goats are sacrificed
during this festival. Major sacrifices
take place near the Hanuman Dhoka palace
at the guardhouse and also at Bhaktapur
Durbar Square. Tourists may take photographs
of the sacrifices from a distance.
The story goes that Ravan the demon king
kidnapped Ram's wife Sita and disappeared.
Ram then invoked Goddess Durga and destroyed
Ravan. Another version of the story has
Sita taking the form of Goddess Kali,
the dangerous form of Durga and killing
Ravan with her own hands.