Bhoto Jatra – Farewell to the Rain God

Posted Jun 24th, 2012 under Culture & Festivals,

Kathmandu is celebrating 'Bhoto Jatra' today. With Bhoto Jatra the month long chariot festival of the valley's rain god, Rato Macchendranath comes to an end today in Jwalakhel, Lalitpur. After beginning his journey on a full moon day in a decorative wooden chariot, pulled by local devotees,  the god visited all  the important localities of Patan and ended his journey today at  Jwalakhel with the showing of the Bhoto(vest).   That the rain god has been appeased and the valley has been blessed is evident from the heavy downpour that the valley has been recieving the last couple of days.

 

Bhoto Jatra Observed Today

Posted Jun 28th, 2011 under Culture & Festivals,

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.

Rato Machhendranath Jatra – The Rain God’s Chariot Festival Begins

Posted May 8th, 2011 under Culture & Festivals,

One of the oldest and longest chariot pulling festivals celebrated in the Kathmandu valley, the Rato Machhendranath Jatra(chariot pulling festival of the Rain God) began from yesterday, May 7, 2011. Rato Machhendranath is regarded as the rain god by the valley’s denizens. His chariot is pulled by devotees through the major localities of Lalitpur for about two  months. The Bhoto Jatra at Jwalakhel square marks the end of the rain god’s journey.

More about this interesting festival…

Bhoto Jatra Observed

Posted Jun 28th, 2010 under Culture & Festivals,

Bhoto Jatra was celebrated yesterday,27th June 2010, formally ending the long journey of the rain god Machendranth on his chariot throughout Lalitpur.The bejewlled bhoto (vest) was shown thrice to the public as per tradition in the presence of  President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and other dignitaries. Bhoto Jatra used to be witnessed by the living goddess, Kumari, and Nepal’s royal family.

Read about this interesting festival.

Happy Explorers

The meeting and handling was nice. Our trek guide Lamababu took very good care of us and our children's needs. Among the meals we liked Dal Bhaat best.

- Jannih Worm, Denmark Read Testimonials | Submit Your Testimonial

Community Service

Community Service

We work with the motto "Tourism for Development". Explore Himalaya Community Service Project was conceived to empower underprivileged segments of Nepal.

Join our community services

Address:

Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure
Amrit Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, NEPAL.
GPO Box: 4902
Phone: +977-1-4418 100, +977-4418 400
Fax: +977-1-4418 614
Email: enquiry@explorehimalaya.com

Opening Hours:

Sun-Fri - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Contact: +977- 9801024990, +977-9851064911 (24X7)