Journey of Rato Machindranath

  •   2018-05-01  |  nepaltraveller.com

Rato Machindranath Chariot is resting at  Eeti after travelling through Mangal Bazar, Patan Sundhara, Mikhabahal and Lagankhel.

Rato Machindranath Chariot is resting at  Eeti after travelling through Mangal Bazar, Patan Sundhara, Mikhabahal and Lagankhel. It’s been eleven days since the festival began. The 32 hands long chariot was constructed in Pulchowk and was pulled to Gahabal on April 19. A large number of people visit the chariot to pay respect and light butter lamps every day.  Rato Machhindranath is revered as a god of good harvest and prosperity. Paying homage to the Lord is believed to bring good luck and fulfil one’s wishes.

                                                                                                                                                       Patan Kumari giving her blessings at Eeti.

 ?????                                                                                                   Rato Machindranath at Eeti

The Hindus and the Buddhists from the area celebrate the festival by towing the chariot to various places including Jawalakhel, the venue for ‘Bhoto Jatra’ which occurs in four days after it reaches Jawalakhel.This is a separate ritual where a jewel-studded vest is displayed to all, including high ranking dignitaries. 

 

Ayusha Pradhananga

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