Today marks the end of the month-long celebration of Rato Machhendranath Jatra, the chariot pulling festival of the rain god Rato (red) Machhendranath. The valley’s denizens, especially the farmers, believe that Rato Machhendranath’s blessing is needed to bring in the rains needed for a good harvest. After journeying through many toles (localities) the chariot of the rain god finally reached Jawalakhel. Today, the fourth day of the chariot’s arrival at Jawalakhel is celebrated as Bhoto Jatra on Jawalakhel ground. A bejeweled bhoto (vest) of Machhendranath will be displayed before the public and other dignitaries on the occasion. President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Paramananda Jha, Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal and other officials will be attending the Bhoto Jatra celebration.
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