Bisket Jatra in full swing, lingo erected at two places

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BHAKTAPUR, April 13: A tall wooden pole representing evil spirit was erected on Monday morning at the Pottery Square, on the fourth day of the Bisket Jatra that began in the Lichchavi era, amid crowds thronging to take a glimpse of the renowned festival.

The pole measuring many meters in height and emblematic of evil serpent was erected with ritualistic performance of chanting of tantric mantra marking the formal start of Bikest Jatra. The idols of Hindu God Bhairav and his consort Bhadrakali were also worshipped in the afternoon.

Later after the chariot of Bhairav and Bhadrakali was towed to Bhelukhel where another lingo was erected, which will be pulled down on Tuesday evening after a day-long festival and symbolizing the destruction of evil on the New Year’s Day.

The two poles around 55 feet in height are erected with the help of eight ropes symbolizing Astamatrika and with the performance of Ten Karma ritual. It is believed that the observation of the festival of erection of the lingo would bring happiness, prosperity, and good harvest along with the destruction of evil.

Historian Dr Purushottam Lochan Shrestha said Bisket was reincarnation of Vishwoketu and added that B meant Bishownath Bhairav and the Dwoja, a structure made of two crossed line, is the symbol of Shiva and power.

The festival’s origin dates back to hundreds of years to the medieval age of Nepal. It is believed to have started by King Jagajyoti Malla. The festival is also taken as symbolizing an era of fertility.

Bisket Jatra in Tokha

Meanwhile, Bisket Jatra will also be held in Tokha, located at the northern outskirts of Kathmandu with procession of palanquins carrying various Hindu deities.

The procession is taken out after offering prayers and worshipping the local Gods and Goddesses Chandeshwori, Masankali and Sapantirtha. The Bisket Jatra starts on Baisakh 1, the Nepali New Year’s Day, which falls on April 14 this year, said Devraj Dangol, member of the Bisket Jatra Chief Ceremony Committee.

The festival continues for four days with Sindur, orange powder being applied on the idols of various Hindu deities including Bajrayogini, Chandeshwori, Ganesh, Mahadev and Narayan.

Likewise, preparations have started at the ‘Sapantirtha Pokhari (pond)’ for the Sapantirtha Fair which is held at the same locality on Nepali New Year’s Day. RSS