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Rato Machchhendranath’s Bhoto exhibited in Jawalakhel

KATHMANDU: The Bhoto of Rato Machchhindranath, the god of rain and harvest, was exhibited in Jawalakhel today.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Acting Chief Justice Dipak Raj Joshi and Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa visited Jawalakhel to observe the Bhoto.
After displaying the Bhoto to Rato Machchhindranath and President Bhandari, it was displayed thrice from all four corners of the chariot, according to the chief of Guthi Corporation Lalitpur, Chapter, Shailendra Poudel.
Bhoto Jatra was called Jawalakhel Jatra till 800 years. Ja refers to rice and Wala refers to scatter and was called Jawalakhel Jatra, according to Member of Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Kirtimadan Joshi. This festival is believed to have observed to offer food to demons.
He said that the exact date of the beginning Bhoto Jatra is not confirmed, Joshi said. But, the Machchhindranath Jatra was started some 1,300 years ago.
In the recent years, the officials of Guthi Corporation Office, Lalitpur, have been displaying the Bhoto in presence of the Head of the State.
Likewise, the government has announced a public holiday in the Kathmandu Valley on the day of Bhoto Jatra.
With the display of Bhoto, the Chariot pulling of Rato Machchhendranath is also over for this year. RSS

Published Date: Monday, May 14th, 2018 | 01:43 AM

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