Gunla is known as the ninth month according to the Nepal Era calendar ( Nepal bhasa). It is said that this month is dedicated to the glory of Lord Buddha. That’s why it is a very important festival for the Buddhists settled in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur city. During the whole month, Buddhists go visit different monasteries like Namo buddha, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath and many other big and small monasteries. This festival falls on triodashi, two days prior to the father’s day according to the lunar calendar.
Somehow in Bhaktapur, the last day of Gunla Panchadan or gunla festival is celebrated differently from the other two cities. The Five Buddhas also struck as Panch Pandava by Hindus are brought to Taumadhi square accompanied by Gunla Baja, a special musical instrument played only in Gunla. That day, a ritual is done of donating five different things including rice grains, unhusked rice grains, salt, money, and pulses that is indeed to survive daily life. The community holding surname like Manandhar, Bajracharya or Shakya dedicatedly celebrates this festival.