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Post Date: 19th June, 2009

Description: Chariot festival of White Machchendranath

Held annually, the main feature of this festival is a weeklong chariot procession of Seto (white) Machchhendranath, Buddhist deity of compassion locally known as Janma-dyo. The temple of Janma-dyo is located at, Jana Bahal in the heart of Kathmandu. The deity of compassion is enshrined in the temple courtyard and in the evening of the eighth day of bright lunar fortnight.

Other ceremonies continue for a week. The long chariot decorated with flowers and greenery, with the replica of the main deity, is taken out in procession through the streets of Kathmandu accompanied by musical bands. The procession starts at Kingsway going through the Basantapur Durbar squares and end at Lagan Tole( the southern end of the city ) where the shrine of the mother of this deity is located. At that place the chariot revolves for three times to the shrine of Machchendranath’s mother. Butter lamps are lighted in homage to the deity and is taken back to the shrine on the last day of the festival.