Hundreds of Buddhist devotees from across Nepal gathered at a mountain retreat in the outskirts of Kathmandu to seek blessings from monks and nuns on the ninth and final day of the Drubchen Puja on Tuesday.

The festival is held every year around mid-January in Nagi Gumba, a monastery run by nuns.

This year, the Drubchen Puja began on Jan. 14, led by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche along with other Rinpoches or Buddhist spiritual masters.

Devotees believe these blessings can wash away sins, remove bad luck and cure diseases.

The nuns and monks also pray for deceased ancestors, who are believed to have been reborn as birds and animals, an efe-epa journalist reported.

"Drubchen", which literally translates as great accomplishment, usually lasts around nine days, and the monks and nuns take turns to recite prayers continuously for the entire length of the event.