197. God of Rain-Rato Machhindranath Jatra
Photo By: Abishesh Joshi
Posted Date: May12 2008
Rato Machhindranath; Rato means red and Machhindranath consists of two words “Machhindra” or “Matsyendra” which means fish (matsya is fish) and “nath “ being the god. Machhindranath is also called god of rain and is held responsible for bringing rain. Hence, the festival is held just before the monsoon is to arrive in Nepal.
The procession of chariots gets under way on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of Baishakh (April-May). It is accompanied by a large enthusiastic crowd, which includes Newari musicians playing traditional instruments. The photo was shot at Mangal Bazar during initial procession on 11th May 2008.