Bisket Jatra, a much-anticipated festival, began on Monday with both locals and foreigners being part of the expectant pomp. The festival, which lasts for eight nights and nine days and holds both historical and cultural significances, is also known for the wedding procession of God Bhairav and Goddess Bhadrakali (considered as husband and wife).
The chariot procession is the highlight of Bisket Jatra, with revellers of Thane (upper) and Kwane (lower) pulling the pagoda-shaped chariots of Bhairav and Bhadrakali through the city’s narrow alleys and crowds of cheering onlookers.
The occasion has helped many of the locals to get over their difficult past. “Personally, I feel this festival as an antidote for my pain,” said Saroj Raj Gosai, 40, who lost his wife and aunt in the devastating earthquake two years ago. “We all get together and celebrate the festival, putting behind our sorrow and pain. That’s why such festivals were manifested by our ancestors,” added Gosai, who is also a lecturer at the Khwopa College in Bhaktapur.