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.

Memories of Jatra

January 19, 2019 00:15 am

Every Jatra had an allegorical figure called Bibek who commented on actions of actors and their consequences

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.

Sithi-Dyo Jatra

June 19, 2018 09:16 am

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.

Skate Festival Jatra from June 19

June 9, 2018 11:10 am

KATHMANDU, June 9: YUWA is set to organize the second edition of ‘Skate Festival Jatra’, an international-level sport event, from June 19 to 21 in Tansen, Palpa.

Photos of 'Bhoto Jatra'

May 13, 2018 20:33 pm

The month long chariot pulling festival of Rato Machindranath concluded after displaying the jewel-studded traditional Nepali vest 'Bhoto' at Jawlakhel on Sunday.

Bhoto Jatra being observed today

May 13, 2018 09:00 am

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.

KATHMANDU, May 11: Government has announced a public holiday on Sunday on the occasion of the Bhoto Jatra.

Jubilant Jatra (Photo feature)

April 15, 2018 18:16 pm

BHAKTAPUR, April 15: The locals of Bhaktapur celebrated annual Sindoor Jatra or the festival of vermilion. The festival is celebrated to welcome the spring.

BHAKTAPUR, April 15: The locals of Bhaktapur celebrated annual Sindoor Jatra or the festival of vermilion. The festival is celebrated to welcome the spring.

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 begins

April 11, 2018 07:58 am

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.

Gahana Khojne Jatra of Hadigaun

April 4, 2018 12:05 pm

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.

Stage set for Bisket Jatra

March 31, 2018 10:25 am

BHAKTAPUR, March 31: With almost two weeks to go before Bhaktapur’s major chariot procession Bisket Jatra, a big crowd gathered near Lyoshekhel on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, March 27: The three-day long Seto Machchhindranath chariot pulling festival concluded on Tuesday after reaching Lagan.

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.

Kirtipur Jatra For Stronger Brotherhood

November 30, 2017 12:12 pm

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.

As many as 29 Guthis come together for the Kathmandu Valley's longest festival Indra Jatra that began on Sunday. There are various mythical stories related to the festival.

Charm of Ropain Jatra in Ilam

August 12, 2017 12:50 pm

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.

Ropain Jatra fervor grips Kathmandu

August 12, 2017 10:33 am

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.

Panauti is one of the oldest Newari cities outside of Kathmandu, and lies in 32 kilometers east. The city celebrated its annual Jyaa Punhi Jatra on Thursday; the festival ended on Saturday.

BHAKTAPUR, April 15: The locals of Bhaktapur celebrated annual Sindoor Jatra or the festival of vermilion. The festival is celebrated to welcome the spring.

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.

BHAKTAPUR, April 10: The renowned Bisket Jatra bearing historical and cultural significances is set to commence in Bhaktapur today.

BHAKTAPUR , April 1: Preparation for Bisket Jatra – the globally known festival which the locals of Bhaktapur mark at the start of Nepali New Year – has been intensified.

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.

Thimi's Kubhimde Jatra concludes

October 12, 2016 14:04 pm

BHAKTAPUR, Oct 12: The Kubhimde Jatra celebrated at Balkumari neighbourhood of Madhyapur Thimi on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami concluded on Wednesday.

Khadga Jatra concludes in Bhaktapur

October 12, 2016 09:56 am

BHAKTAPUR, Oct 12: The Khagda Jatra, observed on the night of Bada Dashain in Bhaktapur, concluded by the mid night itself.

Seto Ghoda Jatra concludes in Bhaktapur

October 12, 2016 09:12 am

BHAKTAPUR, Oct 12: The Seto Ghoda Jatra (White Horse Festival) that was observed on the night of the tenth day of Bada Dashain in Bhaktapur city was concluded by the midnight itself.

Indra Jatra begins

September 13, 2016 15:08 pm

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, Sept 13: Two people were injured after a lingo (a wooden poll) collapsed at Basantapur in the capital on Monday morning.

KATHMANDU, Sept 7: The public paid homage and worshipped the wooden pole known as lingo placed at Bhotahiti as part of a historic ritual in the lead up to the famous Indra Jatra festival.

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.