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Festivals In Bhaktapur

"Bisket Jatra"

Bisket jatra

Bisket Jatra is the annual celebration of two of the most important deities of the town of Bhaktapur, the wrathful god Bhairab and the goddess Bhadrakali. The New Year of the Bikram Sambat calendar takes place at the same time as this ancient festival. A few days before the New Year, the goddess and the god are enshrined in their raths, or immense chariots,& pulled through the narrow streets of Bhaktapur by crowds of young men.

The chariots rest at certain time-honored places in the city and people come out to throw offerings of flower, rice, coins and red sindur powder. On the last day of the old year a towering wooden pole is erected at the edge of town. Long banners hang from the pole, symbolizing next and conquered in a mythological battle. On new year's day, contesting terms of men pull the pole to the ground, a moment of danger and excitement.

Gai Jatra

Gaijatra festival

On the day of Gai Jatra, families who have lost the member during the past year parade a decorated cow around the city. Others dress up kids as cows or ascetics & walk in procession. The animal is believed to help departed souls in their journey into the after-world. In Kathmandu, the bereaved families process proceed along the festival route individually. In Patan, the participants gather at Dubar Square and then move out together.

This festival was started to be celebrated from the period of Pratap Malla's rule who is the builder of Rani Pokhari in Kathmandu. He organized this festival to make his Queen happy, who had lost her beloved younger son. The King wanted to show the Queen that she is not only the one who had lost her beloved son but there are many others like her.

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