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Bisket Jatra begins in Tokha

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KATHMANDU — Bisket Jatra, an annual festival celebrated by the residents of Tokha in Bhaktapur, has begun today.

The four-day event that starts on the first four days of the Nepali New Year (Baisakh 1 to 4) sees a cart with god and goddess (Ganesha and Kumari) on top being pulled through the town. A wooden pole (Lingo) is erected near a Ganesh temple at Thanelachhi Chowk.

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Various deities are also worshipped throughout the festival. The festival has a historical root and begins with the motive to save local people of the area from evil spells cast by various forces during an ancient era, said Chairperson of the festival management committee Ganesh Man Shrestha.

Volunteers have been mobilised, and security has been tightened for the festival, he said. A fair has also been held in the area on the occasion.

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Budhi Polne Parba being observed in Far West

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DADHELDHURA — The Budhi Polne Parba — a religious festival– is being observed with fervor in various districts in the Far West of the country today.

The day falls on the first day of Nepali month of Ashwin, when,  as the legend goes, Lord Krishna killed demon Budhi aka Rakshashni Putana. Her effigy is burnt today as a commemoration of victory of righteousness over evil and ill.

The cow herder friends of Lord Krishna burnt the corpse of Putana on this day, according to Priest Krishna Dutta Ojha.

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Demon Putana used to kill the children by breastfeeding them her milk laced with poison. The effigy of Putana, on this day, is attached with the trunk of the tree, preferably the pine, and is burnt in the evening.

Also, on this day, the devotees eat cucumber and partake in a ritual bath called luto phalne (washing away the scabies and skin diseases).

The ashes of the effigy of Putana is then put on the domestic animals. In doing so, it is believed, that the livestock would never contract any diseases. Culture programmes as Deuda and Bhuwa also held at night.

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