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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.

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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.

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Devotees throng in Hindu shrines to observe Bala Chaturdashi

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KATHMANDU- Thousands of Hindu devotees from across the country have thronged in Pashupatinath temple and some other Hindu shrines from early morning today to pay homage to their near and dear ones, who died over the last one year, on the occasion of Bala Chaturdashi.

Families of those deceased sow the Satbeej (many different seeds) and lit lights praying for eternal peace to the deceased on this day.

In Pashupati, the devotees have observed penance the whole night from the last night and have taken the holy dips this morning to sow the seeds.

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The holy seeds of paddy, maize, wheat, barley and others are sown at Kailash, Gaurighat, Aryaghat, and Guheswori of Pashupati area, and Panchase, Galeshwor and Lord Shiva’s shrines across the country in Bala Chaturdashi that falls on Marga Krishna Chaturdashi.

As per the Hindu mythology, one’s ancestors will rest in heaven if such seeds are sown in the shrines of the Lord Shiva after lighting the lamps in their memory on the night of Marga Krishna Trayodashi.

In order to assist the devotees, the Pashupati Area Development Trust has arranged tents and other basic facilities, according to Trust’s Member Secretary Dr Pradeep Dhakal.

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