Monday, March 13, 2017

Bisket Festival, Bhaktapur

Day wise Bisket Festival program 2017.

Day wise rituals and significance.

Day wise Bisket Festival program 2018.

“After long incessant rain, when the Sun shows the miracle of light, it pierces gloomy fog to illuminate lush green vegetation full of pearly dews. Then out of nowhere, out there appear the juvenile herds munching on fresh grass. It is the time to rejoice the blessing of Nature; the moment that turns into celebration.”

This natural instinct is deftly analogous to cultural life of Newari people in Kathmandu valley.
When the spring whistles through towering trees knocking the cold bough, the buds open up themselves. Indeed, it is their annual ritual to welcome spring home.
The spring carries the energy of God to instill life in every single species on the earth. This is the time of beginning- symbolizing life- the time of Celebration!!!!
How truly the people in Kathmandu understand this grandeur of (Nature) God. That’s why the entire valley jumps up in festive mood. Yes, it really is the time to celebrate – a way of showing gratitude to God ( Nature).Witness the series of such festivals that take place in various part of Kathamandu throughout March/April.

Day wise rituals and significance.

Things to See
Check date
Venue and Time
What happens and significance
Deo Kohan Vijyakegu
Bhairav and Bhadrakali are enshrined in the respective chariot.
10th April
Taumadhi Square
At around 3 PM
The Bhairav Chariot has to be taken to Kwone. In course, a tug of war between two communities- Thane and Kwone comes in action. It continues until  the chariot is successfully pulled to the designated place Gahiti.
Beta Dyo Puja yayegu
The Devotees visit the Bhairav Chariot
11th April
From early morning
The next morning, the curious devotees flock around the chariot worshipping and examining the condition of the chariot.
The devotees offer sacrifices to the Bhairav Chariot
12th April
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More devotees and  Rituals continue with sacrifices of birds and animals.
Lha maruma Yoshin Thanegu
A huge tree trunk is erected.
13th April
Pottery Square
In the morning around 8 AM
Today is New year Eve in Nepali Bikram Sambat Calendar. The first Lingo or Yosin is erected in the pottery square in the morning.
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Lha dama Yoshin Thanegu
A huge tree trunk with, a cross symbolizing hands, is erected.
the same day
Yoshin Khel
After 4 PM
Following the rituals, the Bhairav and Bhadrakali Chariot is pulled all the way to the Yoshin Khel. After the massive Bhairav Chariot rolls about 500 meters down along this primitive track, the enthusiastic youngsters begin to pull the yoshin Dyo ( approximately 25meter long pine tree).
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Indrayani Tipwa Jatra
A torch procession with music and dance lead the chariot of Goddess Indrayani
the same day
Khauma near by Durbar square
At around 2 PM
Following the erection of Yoshin Dyo, the celebration begins in different parts of the city often with traditional music accompanied by juvenile torch procession.
Yoshin Deo Kothegu
The tree trunk with hand is pulled down today.
14th   April
Yoshin Khel
At around 5 PM
Today is the New year Day. The erected pole is pulled down today to mark the beginning of new year.
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Barahi tipwa Jatra
A torch procession with music and songs leads the chariot of goddess Barahi.
the same day
Around Nhesatwa (an area west to Pottery Square)
Goddess Barahi Ajima is carried around the Nhesatwo area. A loud music continues…..
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Kha lwakegu
The huge Bhairava Chariot and Bhadrakali Cahriot come together for symbolic copulation.
the same day
Ga hiti
The entire festival is designed under the influence of tantric concept. As such, today the Bhairav and Bhadrakali chariot are brought together for collision to symbolize divine cosmic union of Prakriti and Purush. In other words, Spring is the outcome of the union of the sky and the earth. After the sky (male figure) pours rain into the earth (female figure) Spring is generated with new lives.
Therefore the essence of the  Bisket festival is to worship the energy of Spring Season that leads the new year, the new beginning.
Maha laxmi and Mahakali kha Lwakegu
These two wrathful goddess are brought in public in their respective chariots amidst musical torch procession

15th April
Bholachhen tole
After 2 PM
Local festivals continues in each and every area of Bhaktapur city.

Brahmayani Jatra
Musical torch procession leads the chariot of Goddess Brahmayani.
16th April
Dattatraya Square
After 4 PM
Tradintional orchestra in full swing all the way to Dattatraya Square…..thousands of people with torch of mustard oil lamp line up for procession…
Dyo Sogan Biyegu
Devotees visit as many shrines as possible around the city often in indigenous attire.
17th April
All around the city
From early in the morning…..almost all day long
Men and Women in their traditional dress follow the musical bands to the hundreds of shrines scattered all around the city.
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Chuuma Ganesh Jatra
Musical torch procession to lead the chariot of Ganesha
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Chochhen tole
At around 2 PM
Similar torch procession….
Laha maru Yoshin Kothegu
The tree trunk without hands is pulled down.
18th April
Pottery Square
At around 9 AM
Today is the last day of Bisket festival marked by the felling of the Yoshin Pole in the Pottery square.
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Dyo Thaha Bijyakegu
Turn to pull The Bhairav Chariot to Eastern part of Bhaktapur through a tug of war.
the same day
Starting from Gahiti to the main street.
Begin after 3 PM
Action replayed with the tug of war in the model of first day….Today the chariot is to reach Taumadhi square again after a long play.

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