KATHMANDU — The Bhoto or the jewel-studded vest of Rato Machchhindranath, the god of rain and harvest, was exhibited in Jawalakhel Sunday cocluding the month long chariot pulling festival of Rato Machindranath at Jawlakhel, Lalitpur.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Acting Chief Justice Dipak Raj Joshi and Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa visited Jawalakhel to observe the Bhoto.
After displaying the Bhoto to Rato Machchhindranath and President Bhandari, it was displayed thrice from all four corners of the chariot, according to the chief of Guthi Corporation Lalitpur, Chapter, Shailendra Poudel.
It is an annual religious ritual of displaying the black jewel-studded bhoto believed to be of then Nagraj, the serpent king.
Machhindranath is revered as a god of good harvest and prosperity. Paying homage to Lord Machhindranath is believed to bring good luck and fulfill one’s wishes.
Bhoto Jatra was called Jawalakhel Jatra till 800 years. Ja refers to rice and Wala refers to scatter and was called Jawalakhel Jatra, according to Member of Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Kirtimadan Joshi. This festival is believed to have observed to offer food to demons.
He said that the exact date of the beginning Bhoto Jatra is not confirmed, Joshi said. But, the Machchhindranath Jatra was started some 1,300 years ago.
In the recent years, the officials of Guthi Corporation Office, Lalitpur, have been displaying the Bhoto in presence of the Head of the State.
With RSS Inputs
President extends good wishes on occasion of Maghe Sankranti
KATHMANDU— President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended happiness, peace and prosperity to all Nepali sisters and brother at home and abroad on the occasion of the Maghi or Maghe Sankranti.
In a message issued from the Secretariat of the President, President Bhandari has expressed her confidence that this festival would strengthen social unity by promoting mutual understanding among different castes and communities of our society.
Our festivals have contributed a lot to maintain our Nepali identity by linking geographic, cultural, ethnic and lingual diversities and such festivals have played vital role to make our country known in the global stage, President Bhandari has said in the message.
In a similar message, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun has said that such festival enhance mutual harmony, tolerance, fraternity and unity among the Nepalis and contribute to conservation and promotion of our indigenous culture.