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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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KATHMANDU — Hindus across the country are observing Nagh Panchami or Sukla Panchami festival on Thursday. The festival of Nag Panchami or the serpent deity festival is observed across the nation by pasting the pictures of Nag or the serpent deity above the main gate of the houses today.

Devotees from several areas would visit the Nagpokhari to worship the serpent deity. The pond, which is situated at Naxal, has been decorated for this day. The idol of the Nag is situated in the middle of this serpent pond.

There are many legends and folklore in Hindu mythology narrated to the importance of worship of snakes.

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Nag Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the moonlit-fortnight in the month of Saun (between July and August). This is the time when serpents invariably come out of their holes that often get inundated with rainwater to seek shelter. As such they pose a danger to the man.

The festival that falls in the rainy season is believed to counter the increased possibility of snake bites during this time.

A big fare is being organised at Changunarayan Temple, which lies a top of small hill of Bhaktapur. The temple is visited by a large crowed of devotees during the day.

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