KATHMANDU: Stage has been set to celebrate Machhendranath festival, aka Bhoto Jatra today.
This festival is celebrated annually by both Hindus and Buddhists in Patan, when monsoon is at the threshold.
Precisely, Rato (Red) Machhendranath is mythically taken as the god of rain and plenty.
According to a mythical story, in the ancient time Kathmandu Valley bear the brunt of a severe famine threatening the lives of people. It was god Red Machhendranath who brought showers. When rain showered the valley with the blessings of the god, the local people started celebrating Red Machhendranath Jatra during the month of June as their homage to god.
The idol of Machhendranath is brought from Bungmati village (where he resides most of the year) to Pulchowk and chariot seated with Red Machhendranath will be roamed all around through the alleys of Patan to Jawalakhel.
Government has declared a public today to mark this festival.
The Bhoto (vest) will be displayed after the arrival of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav around 5:00 pm in Patan, said Chief of Lalitpur Guthi Sansthan, Lekhnath Sapkota.
Ashok Shrestha, an official at Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan city, told that necessary preparations to display the Bhoto have been completed.