Bisket Jatra Festival in Nepal

Nepali New Year falls in March or April and is celebrated most enthusiatiscally in Baktapur, where it’s known as Bisket Jatra.

The highlight of the festival is the parade of chariots: one houses Bhairav; the other the goddess Bhadrakili. The chariots lumber through the streets, pause for a tug of war between the east and west parts of town, before descending to a field beside the river, where a 25-m (82-ft) wooden lingam is erected and then sent crashing down.

The New Year officially begins whith the fall of the lingam. The pennants that flutter from the top of the lnigam represent two snakes that were vanquished from a princess of Bhaktpur by a visiting prince who was a mainfestition of Bhairav.

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