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‘Biska Jatra’: Construction of chariot for Bhairavnath in final stage (photos)

The construction of the chariot of Lord Bhairavnath is also nearing completion, reaching its final stages.

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KATHMANDU: Preparations for the famous ‘Bisket Jatra’ of Bhaktapur, which starts from Chaitra 27 (April 9) and concludes on Baisakh 5 (April 17), are in full swing.

The construction of the chariot of Lord Bhairavnath is also nearing completion, reaching its final stages.

For the ‘Bisket Jatra,’ the traditional method of constructing a chariot resembling the Pagoda style, approximately 35 feet high and three-storied, is being followed according to tantric rituals.

Local craftsmen are currently engaged in this construction work.

This historic festival, celebrated for eight nights and nine days, is a traditional cultural procession of Kathmandu Valley’s ancient heritage.

Dating back to the Licchavi period, this festival marks the celebration of the Nepali New Year, four days prior to the beginning of the Bikram Sambat year.

The first day of the festival sees the pulling of the chariots of Lord Bhairavnath and Goddess Bhadrakali to kickstart the festivities.

The three-storey wooden chariot will journey through the upper and lower settlements adorned with statues of Bhairavnath and Betal.

What is Bisket Jatra?

Bisket Jatra is a traditional festival celebrated in Bhaktapur, Nepal. It usually takes place in the Nepali month of Baishakh (April-May) and marks the beginning of the Nepali new year.

The festival involves various religious rituals, cultural performances, and festivities.

One of the most significant aspects of Bisket Jatra is the chariot procession of the deity Bhairava, a fierce manifestation of the Hindu god Shiva.

The chariot is pulled through the streets of Bhaktapur by enthusiastic devotees, and people gather to witness and participate in the procession.

The festival also includes various other events such as erecting a large ceremonial pole known as “Yosin,” traditional music and dance performances, tug-of-war competitions, and other cultural activities.

Bisket Jatra is a time for communities to come together, celebrate, and honor their traditions and religious beliefs.