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Bisket Jatra

April 13, 2012


Bisket Jatra is celebrated in the historic city
of Nepal, Bhaktapur and the surrounding areas.
During the festival people replay a drama passed on over
the centuries. God Bhairav and goddess Bhadrakali are placed
in large chariots (locally known as Rathas) and pulled through
crowds of cheering onlookers. When the chariot reaches
a sloping open square, there is a tug-of-war between the
inhabitants of living in the scattered local of city. Winners are
considered to be blessed with good fortune for the up coming
years. Other gods and goddesses, are also put on palanquins
and carried around so that they may witness the sights. Ritual
of sacrifice, flowers, and coins are endowed to know them.
Specially the youths drag the chariots across brick-paved streets
of the town, with the celebration of rice beer for fun wherever
these Rathas stop, lamps are lit and devotees overflow into the
surrounding alleys.
Bisket Jatra is also celbrated in Thimi at Bode village, there is a
tongue-piercing ceremony in which the dedicated may reserve
a place in heaven. The festival concludes with several days of
dancing and worshiping.


April 13, 2012