KATHMANDU, May 11:Madan Pahari was eagerly waiting for the moment when the main priest, who is called pakaju in Newari, would throw coconuts from the chariot of Rato Machhindranath on Sunday. The father of three children–two daughters and a son–Pahari was there to catch the coconut thrown by the priest as it is believed that the one who catches the fruit would be blessed with a son. Continue reading
KATHAMNDU, May 21:Though it boasts important cultural and historical essence, Rato Machhindranath Jatra on Tuesday once again celebrated the male supremacy over female, among other things.
According to Dil Kumar Barahi, who has been leading the chariot and the Machhindranath construction team since very long, the coconut throwing ceremony observed on Tuesday has much to do with a preference for son as the one who catches the coconut is believed to be blessed with a son. Continue Reading→
KATHMANDU, APR 18 – Considered one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Kathmandu, Seto Machhindranath Jatra, a chariot procession dedicated to the god of rain, began on Thursday.
The festival kicked off with the temporary shipment of an idol of Seto Machhindranath from its temple at Kel Tole in Basantapur Durbar Square to a chariot built by local Newars at Durbarmarg. The holy chariot was then pulled by hundreds of devotees to Jamal and then to Ason. Continue reading