Seto Machhendranath Rath Jatra : Chariot Festival of Nepal

Seto Machhendranath Rath Jatra : Chariot Festival of Nepal

This post is dedicated to giving all the information about Seto Machhendranath Rath Jatra : Chariot Festival of Nepal. Give a glance of this Nepali festival Seto Machhindranath Jatra. Rato Machhendranath Rath jatra is also one of famous festival of Nepal.

Seto Machindranath Ratha Jatra
Seto Machendranath Rath Jatra in 19th century img src

This post gives you information about Seto Machhendranath temple, Seto Machhendranath jatra, Seto Machhendranath 2014, Seto Machhendranath festival, Seto Machhendranath chariot festival, Seto Machhendranath rath, Seto Machhendranath Kathmandu, Seto Machhendranath temple Kathmandu and white Machhendranath.

These are three separate festivals which occur at the same time, in the third week of March. Those are Chaite Dashain, Rama Nawami and Seto Machhindranath festival.

Seto Machhendranath is also known as White Machindranath, Karunamaya, Aryavalokitesvara and Jamaleswor in Nepal. Seto Machindranath is a deity or Lord worshiped by the Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. Seto Machhendranath temple is located in Jana Bahal (also known as Machhindra Bahal), Kathmandu city of Nepal. Janabahal is a place located between Ason and Indra chowk, Kathmandu.  It is believed among Nepalese people to have been established around the 10th century. Hindu people worship Seto Machindranath as the god of rain and the Buddhists people worship the deity as an aspect of Avalokiteshvara.

Happy Seto Machendranath Rath Jatra 2070 / Happy Seto Machendranath Rath Jatra 2014

Every last month of the year according to the Nepali calendar, the deity is placed in a chariot (also known as Rath) and the chariot is paraded around Kathmandu.This festival Seto Machhendranath is known as Jana Baha Dyah Jatra. The deity Seto Machhendranath is bathed and repainted every year. There is a belief for bathing the deity i.e. it symbolizes the changes occurring throughout our lives.

Seto Machhendranath Rath Jatra is the taken from its shrine off Asan Tol, Kathmandu, Nepal. As we all know that Asal Tol, located in center of Kathmandu city is the places in a towering chariot. In all, this festival Seto Machhindranath ratha yatra takes four days to complete, the chariot stopping at specific places each night where the image is worshipped and cared for by the inhabitants of that locality. The chariot of Seto Machhindranath is towed on 1.8 metres diameters. There are wheels dragging by hundreds of young boys is very spectacular views, as its scale dwarfs the streets through which it passes. Seto Machhindranath Rath is usually moved from one stopping place to the other in the early evening. On the fourth of final day the chariot is dragged around a tree in Lagan, after which the deity is transported back to its temple on a small palanquin.

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Seto Machindranath Temple
Seto Machindranath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal img src

Chaite Dashain also marks the starting days of Seto Machhendranath rath (chariot) festival. The chariot festival of God Seto Machhindranath celebration of the lord of compassion begins on this day. The shrine of Seto Machhendranath Rath yatra is located inside the courtyard of Janabahal, at the heart of Kathmandu city. On the first day of Seto Machhindranath festival the image of the god Machindranath is placed in a special chariot. Built with cane and timber the main body of the chariot is very tall. Seto Machhendranath Rath (chariot) is the huge wooden wheels of the chariot measure up to 6 feet in diameter. Rath is pulled around the main streets of proper Kathmandu valley for four days.

Seto Machhendranath Rath Jatra date 2070 / Seto Machhendranath Rath Jatra date 2014

Seto Machhindranath Jatra date 2014 falls in 7 to 9 April in 2014. Seto Machhendranath Jatra date 2070 is the 24th to 26th Chaitra in 2070.

Seto Machhendranath Rath Jatra : Chariot Festival of Nepal

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