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.
The results for School Leaving Certificate exams that was held a couple of months ago are out. Among the many jubilant Nepalese students who have passed out with flying colours, is Patan’s Kumari( Living Goddess), Chanindra Bajracharya, who became the first Kumari to appear in the SLC exams before renouncing her divine status.The Kumari or Living Goddess ,who has passed her exams with distinction, had sat for her exams in her own sacred chamber. Although enrolled at the local Bhasara Secondary School of Lalitpur, she never attended formal classes.Tutors used to come to her house to guide her. It is indeed impressive that she has passed out with distinction, more then 80 per cent aggregate.She has expressed an interest in taking up Management studies as well as learning the Newari script and computer science.
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.