Bhaktapur Taleju's Seto Ghoda Jatra, Khadga Jatra marked

BHAKTAPUR: The Seto Ghoda Jatra was marked in Bhaktapur on Tuesday night on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami.

The festival commenced with the four main priests of the Taleju Bhawani temple among others performing puja as per the tantric tradition at the Taleju Bhawani temple.

A white sheep was offered to the white horse, considered as the Goddess Taleju Bhawani's vehicle.

The decked-out white horse was then towed around the ancient city.

Before the festival concluded, the horse was also gotten to break into gallop for thrice to display dance to the Pashupatinath in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Likewise, the Taleju Bhawani's Khadga Jatra was also observed in the ancient city last night.

The time-honoured festival marked the veneration of Godess Taleju's Khadga, considered her embodiment.

The annual event featured the procession of ancient Khadga decked with a red cloth and armour.

The festival began with the worship of weapons, including the Khadga which was later handed over by the priest of Taleju Agam Temple to the Rajopadhyaya.

The Rajopadhyaya carried the Khadga on his shoulder and took around the city for the members of public to worship.

Since the celebration of the festival based on the lunar calendar, it is observed both in the upper and lower regions of Bhaktapur.