Preparation afoot to build chariot of Red-Machhindranath

Kathmandu, Jan. 11: Guthi Sansthan of Lalitpur has begun preparation to manage the materials required to build about 50-feet tall tower of Red-Machhindranath’s chariot.

It usually requires hundreds of hands to pull the chariot, with the tallest tower through the narrow alleys of Patan with the support of big ropes on the left and right sides.

The central Guthi  Sansthan has given a five-year contract to Prabesh Traders to supply ropes and cane strings from India to build the chariot.

 It had allocated Rs. 2 million to import the rope and cane, Sailendra Poudel, chief of Lalitpur Guthi Sansthan, said.

Two kinds of beta ropes are used to build the tall structure. They are Chiruwa and Mahabeta, which are bought from several states of India.

Chirauwai beta can be easily found but one has to visit several states of India to collect Mahabeta, he said.

Poudel said that they face problems at the check posts to bring beta to Nepal.         

It has allocated Rs. 5 million to prepare the chariot and celebrate the month –long chariot procession, he said.

According to Poudel, they need around 200 cubes feet fresh log to build it. Old usable logs can also be reused during the building process of  the chariot, he said.

The logs will be brought from Godawari and Bungumati areas. The Sansthan has begun official process to bring the logs at the Ministry of Forests and Environment.  

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