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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Chariot Festival Day 1 (Preparation & Palanquin Trip)

The annual festival of pulling Janabahaa Dyo’s chariot through the old part of Kathmandu kicked off from the southern end of Durbar Marg, just outside Teendhara Pathsala, on March 23, 2010, Tuesday, at about 5 pm.

Every year, this auspicious event coincides with Chaite Dashain, though it has nothing to do with that Hindu festival. Thousands of revelers joined in in this amazing event, and accompanied the chariot towards Ratnapark, Bhotahity and Ason.

Earlier, the statue of Janabahaa Dyo was put in an artistic palanquin at Janabahaa and carried to Durbar Marg by ten caretaker priests, who had undergone ritual purification procedures.

The palanquin procession was participated in by thousands of devotees, accompanied by several cultural and traditional musical groups who had converged at Janabahaa from different parts of Kathmandu to take part in this event.

Photos by Alok Tuladhar.