Displaying of Rato Machhindranath deity's vest held

Kathmandu, June 9: A large number of people thronged Jawlakhel on Sunday to observe the historic jewel-studded vest displayed on the final day of Rato Machhindranath Chariot procession festival.

The displaying of the Bhoto (the vest) of the Rato Machhindranath deity was held in presence of high-ranking dignitaries.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Defense Minister Ishwor Pokharel and Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, chiefs of constitutional bodies, chiefs and high ranking personnel of Nepal Army and Nepal Police, among others, observed the vest displaying ceremony and paid their respect to the deities.

Shilendra Poudel, chief of the Lalitpur Guthi Sansthan, displayed the black-coloured vest decorated with jewel from the four corners of Rato Machhindranath Chariot.

On the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari received blessings from the Living Goddess Kumari on the final day of the Rato Machhindranath festival.

The month long chariot pulling festival of Rato Machhindranath concluded from today with the displaying of Bhoto, the vest.

The conclusion of the festival saw the President and high-ranking dignitaries going round the Rato Machhindranath and Minnath Chariots to pay their obeisance to these deities.

With the end to Bhoto exhibition ceremony, the idol of Rato Machhindranath was brought to Bungumati after a month long chariot procession. As per the tradition, Machhindranath idol will be kept for five and half months at Bungumati, said Poudel.

The chariot of Minnath was also brought to Tangal.

As the government had provided public holiday inside the Kathmandu valley, a large crowd of people had gathered in and around Jawalakhel today to grace the annual event.

The vest display ceremony is an annual cultural ritual. The vest is believed to be of Nagraj, the serpent king of ancient time. Machhindranath is revered as a god of rain and prosperity.

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