BHAKTAPUR, Oct 12: The Khagda Jatra, observed on the night of Bada Dashain in Bhaktapur, concluded by the mid night itself.
The time-honored Khada Jatra marks the veneration of god Khada who is also considered the embodiment of goddess Taleju Bhawani. The annual festival of ancient town Bhaktapur features the procession of god Khadga decked with a red cloth and armored with an ancient sword.
The festival begins with the worship of weapons (especially a special sword) which is later handed over by the priest of Taleju Agam Temple to the Rajopadhyay.
The Rajopadhyay carries the sword as well as the symbolic idol of god Khagda in his shoulder and takes around the city for the members of public to worship both the sword and god Khadga.
Since the celebration of the festival based on the lunar calendar, it is observed both in the upper and lower part of Bhaktapur. RSS