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Bisket Jatra kicks off in Bhaktapur

BHAKTAPUR: The famous Bisket Jatra that is generally celebrated by locals of Bhaktapur for nine days and eight nights in every New Year as per the established tantrum method has begun from today this year.

Mainly, a pole decorated with the banner of Lord Indra will be erected on the last day of Chaitra and it is pulled down in the evening the following day (Nepali News Year’s Day) after marking the lingo jatra with fanfare at Bhelukhel, Bhaktapur.

The Jatra that dates back to the Lichchhibi period starts with the procession of chariot carrying the palanquins of Hindu deities across the town square.

In one of the most exciting annual events in the Kathmandu valley, a huge chariot carrying images of the god Bhairab is hauled by locals to Khalna Tole. The creaking and swaying chariot lumbers around town, pausing for a huge tug of war between the eastern and western sides of town.

After the battle the chariots head to Khalna Tole, where a huge 25m-high pole is erected in the stone  base. RSS

Published Date: Sunday, April 8th, 2012 | 10:37 PM

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