Historic Bisket Jatra commences today to welcome New Year

BHAKTAPUR: The historic Bisket Jatra will start in Bhaktapur from today, signalling that the New Year as per the Nepali calendar is on the horizon.

The annual festival with a tantric significance is believed to have begun in the Lichhavi era.

The Bhairavnath and Bhadrakali deities will be placed in their respective chariots in the afternoon following different phases of worship and offerings, after which the chariots will be towed by devotees in front of the five-storey Nyatapola Temple at Taumadi square.

The Bisket Jatra which starts four days before the Nepali New Year lasts for five more days afterwards. It is hence celebrated for eight nights by the locals of Bhaktapur.

A total of 1,000 security personnel from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force (APF) including those in plain clothes will beef up the security.

The intersections within the city have been fitted with CCTVs to watch anyone involving in untoward activities.

The famous lingo (wooden pole) with the God Indra’s flag fluttering at the top end will be erected on April 12 and felled next day.

It is believed that witnessing the Jatra, which is also called Satruhanta Jatra, will rid one of enemies.