Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bhoto Jatra in Kathmandu

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Bhoto Jatra  is very popular festival in Nepal. This festival is known as Rato Machhendranath deity’s  Bhoto. It means bhoto “sleeveless vest”, and jatra “festival”. The chariot with an idol of Rato Machhendranath deity resembles the god of rain. . It begins with the construction of the chariot in Pulchowk, Lalitpur and the end festival in nepal where the “bhoto” is presented. Rato Machhindranath Jatra concluded with the display of Bhoto — a jewel-studded vest — to throngs of devotees
According to legend,  this Bhoto  was gifted  to a farmer by Karkotak  Naga (king of serpents) for curing the eye ailment of his Queen.  Karkotak  Naga  live in Tau Daha, on the way to Dakshinkali. There is big pond famous for Bird watcher. But the farmer lost the Bhoto while working in his field.  After year later,  he saw the same giant wearing his vest at the Machhindranath festival in Jawalakhel.  The farmer then started a fight with the giant.  Karkotak  Naga was also there  and submitted the Bhoto to Machhindranath for safe .  BHOTO is displayed every year on the last day of the festival believed owner will come to claim of the bhoto.

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Guthi Sansthan displays the back jewel-studded bhoto to the public from the chariot of Rato Machhendranath in Lalitpur (Bhoto jatra) on Sunday, June 27, 2010.

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