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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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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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