Celebrating Bhaktapur - Thomas L. Kelly

Bisket Jatra

During April's nine-day new year festival in Bhaktapur, residents from east and west sides of town stage a frenzied tug-of-war, pulling a huge chariot containing the Hindu deity Bhairabh. Later, the chariot containing is hauled into an open area near the Hanumante River, where an eighty-foot pole is erected, adorned with two banners representing serpents, only to be felled the next day to mark the new year. Throughout the day, Bhaktapur residents offer live fowl for sacrifices to the bloodthirsty Hindu deity, Bhadrakali.
Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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