Today is the start of Bhaktapur’s historically significant Biska Jatra. The Biska Jatra, which begins with the arrival of the New Year, begins this evening.
With the Nakinju Azima chariot being pulled to Ghatkha from the front of the Panchatle temple in Tamari and the Bhairavnath chariot being pulled.
The jatra is celebrated for eight nights and nine days with great fanfare. Bhairavnath is worshipped before pulling the chariot, and pilgrims pull the chariot with ropes attached to the front and take it to their respective tole.
The chariot pulling, which is also done in a competitive manner among the toles or settlement blocks, is the main attraction of the procession.
Because it is believed that watching the Biska Jatra destroys the enemy, it is also known as the Shatruhanta Jatra.
Bhairavnath’s chariot is pulled from Gahiti on the last day of the procession, just as it was on the first day, by residents of Thane and Kwane Tole.
Meanwhile, Chief District Officer Rudra Devi Sharma said that after holding discussions with stakeholders, a strategy has been developed to complete the Jatra in a dignified and timely manner.
950 Nepal Police and 400 Armed Police personnel will be mobilized for the jatra, according to Metropolitan Police Chief Shiva Kumar Shrestha.
At the crossroads, CCTV cameras have been installed to identify rioters during the jatra.