TANSEN, Aug 18: Tansen, the headquarters of Palpa district and one of the major old cities of the country, is famous for various traditional and cultural festivals. Gai Jatra, Ropai Jatra, Ganesh Jatra, Amarnayaran Jatra, Shreenagar Jatra, Bagh Jatra, Taksar Ganesh and Bhagwati Jatra are some of the major festivals celebrated with much fanfare in this hill town.
The festival includes gods/goddess Brahmyani, Indreswor Shiva, Bhadrakali and Unmanta Bhairav and their idols are taken out from their respective temples for the celebration. The significance of this festival, however, lies in the fact that it is celebrated as a means to bring rainfall. Thus, it is considered a bad omen should rain not grace the festivities.
On the first day of the festival, the deity in Machindranath Bahal is taken in a khat (palanquin) by eight priests and the deity is placed in the decorated chariot. Then, the procession begins from Tindhara (Durbar Marg) and is pulled toward Asan. Priests do not eat anything on the first day until the chariot is brought up to Asan. Before that barber shaves their head around 9 am and they prepare Khat. After that they take bath and they get dressed in white.
The people present in the Pashupatinath temple premises seemed curious seeing a priest, donned in a red colored top, performing rituals to initiate the Trishul Jatra at Bastsaleswori. He was offering flowers, vermilion powder, fruits and incenses to the ‘khat’, a wooden palanquin, and in the meantime preparing for a sheep sacrifice. It was also evident that the onlookers were hyped for the upcoming events.
Kathmandu’s indigenous Newar community is renowned for their vibrant lifestyle comprising festivals lasting throughout the year. These celebrations hold historical, religious, cultural, and social importance. Among many of such social events, ‘Sithi-Dyo Jatra’ or ‘Sithi Nakha’ is a fiesta celebrated in honor of Kumar -- the warrior God.
KATHMANDU, May 12: The bhoto jatra is being observed as part of the Rato Matsendranath chariot festival. The festival will come to an end with it after the chariot of the deity is pulled up to Jawalakhel of Lalitpur.
BHAKTAPUR, April 14: On the occasion of Bisket Jatra, a 55-foot-tall lingo (pole) was erected at Lyosingkhel, Bhaktpur on Friday. This ceremony is considered as the main attraction of eight nights and nine days long Bisket Jatra of Bhaktpur. Thousands of Jatra lovers from neighboring districts Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Kavrepalanchowk visit Bhaktpur to see this special ceremony.
Bisket Jatra, often hailed as an identity of the cultural and historic town of Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, has begun Tuesday with the pulling of 30-feet-tall chariot of Lord Bhairavnath.
The Jatra is celebrated for nine days and eight nights. The chariot pulled from Nyatapole temple area marks the beginning of the festival.
BHAKTAPUR, APRIL 10- The Bisket Jatra celebrated for a week on the arrival of the New Year began here by towing the chariot of Bhairavnath from local Taumadhi.The towing of the chariot began Tuesday evening.
Tudaldevi Gahana Khojne Jatra (a festival to search for jewelry) is celebrated every year on Chaitra Shukla Ashtami according to the lunar calendar that was on March 25 this year. The festival is observed over several days, and the main event took place on April 1, Sunday.
KATHMANDU, April 3: Bajrayogini Jatra at Sankhu is celebrated every year in the month of April (Chaitra/Baishak) for eight-long days where the idols of the Gods from the Bajrayogini temple are brought down to the town and carried around the entire town.
KATHMANDU, March 17: The annual festival of Ghode Jatra, also known as the Horse Racing Day which falls in the Nepali month of Chaitra, has been celebrated in the Kathmandu Valley with gusto on Saturday.
KATHMANDU, Nov 30: All parades and chariot-pulling festivals celebrated across Kathmandu have their own special cultural and historical importance, while the participants of such fests take away happiness and rejuvenation. One such vivacious festival is celebrated in Kirtipur called Kirtipur Indrayani Jatra.
As they say “kahi nabhako jaatra hadigaun maa” (there’s no parade like the ones in Handigaun), Hadigaun in Kathmandu is well known for its unique jatras (parades) and cultures. The Narayan Jatra is an age-old tradition carried forward by the locals of Hadigaun to pay homage to Lord Bishnu.
Every year, Ropain Jatra is celebrated after the completion of rice plantation to rejuvenate from the stress and workload one faces during the plantation time. This year, it was celebrated on Thursday in Ilam.
After bidding farewell to the exuberance of Gaijatra, Kathmandu Valley witnessed another lively crowd on the occasion of Ropain Jatra (Rice Planting Festival) on Wednesday. A diverse group of people clad in flamboyant attires with unusual strokes of make-up gathered at the court of Boudhanath Stupa to mark the ages old festival.
KATHMANDU, April 12: On Wednesday, the locals of Handigaun, Kathmandu celebrated the Gahana Khojne Jatra ( festival for searching the jewelry).It is the festival celebrated the following day of the chariot festival of Tudal Devi that falls on the full moon day of the month of Chaitra.
Bhaktapur, April 11: As many as eleven persons including four policemen on duty were injured after clashes flared up during the ritual of pulling Hindu God Bhairav's chariot on the first day of the renowned Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur.
KATHMANDU, March 27: The annual festival of Ghode Jatra, also known as the Horse Racing Day which falls in the Nepali month of Chaitra, has been celebrated in the Kathmandu Valley with zest and zeal on Monday.
KATHMANDU, Sept 13: Indra Jatra, known as the biggest festival of the Kathmandu Valley, formally began today with the erection of a wooden ceremonial pole (lingo) and the fluttering of a flag named after the Hindu God Indra at Hanumandhoka.
KATHMANDU, Aug 21: A jatra held at Devpokhari of Khokana, Lalitpur had attracted many locals and a huge crowd was seen around the pond and the Rudrayani Temple who were eagerly waiting for the jatra to begin.
KATHMANDU, April 15: Bhaktapur on Thursday celebrated the Sindure Jatra, a century-old tradition on Thursday. Sindur Jatra is one of the major festivals of Bhaktapur. It is celebrated on the second day of the New Year.