BHAKTAPUR: The ‘white horse’ festival that is celebrated on the night of Bijaya Dashami, the last day of the ten-day long Bada Dashain festival every year was observed here this year also and it concluded in the wee hours this morning.
The white horse is considered to be the conveyance of goddess Taleju Bhawani. The white horse festival kicks off with the completion of religious sacraments by the four head priests of the Taleju Temple according to the Tantrik rituals.
A sheep was offered as sacrifice before the white horse was taken in a procession around the ancient town.
The white horse procession begins from the Taleju Bhawani Temple courtyard and concludes at the same spot after completing the procession march around the town. The horse is made to run three times in front of the local Pashupatinath Temple. A horse dance is also performed on the occasion.
According to culture experts, the white horse festival has special significance as it is a unique procession that is held in Bhaktapur on the occasion of Bada Dashain festival.