Bhoto Jatra today

25th May, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

LALITPUR, May 25: The bhoto (jewel-studded vest) of the Rato Machhindranath, is being displayed today . Government has given a public holiday on the occasion.

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The bhoto jatra of the Rato Machhindranath, the God of the rains and good harvest, is displayed every year. Various legends prevail around this festival.

The chariot of Machhindranath is towed to various places of Patan from Pulchowk. The God of the rain and good harvest is worshipped in the places the chariot is stationed before bringing to Jawalakhel for the display of the bhoto.

One of the legends about the festival is that- Machhindranath was brought from Kamrup Kamakshya during the regime of King Gunakamdev before 1400 years as the country witnessed draught resulting in 12 years of famine. Since then, it occurred rainfall producing good harvest in Nepal.