Biska Jatra, a cultural and historical event celebrated solely in Bhaktapur, officially begins today.
Devotees have gathered in Taumadhi Square since the morning to pay tribute to the deity Bhairav, signaling the start of the festival.
After worshipping the deity, the chariot parade of Bhairav begins.
The Biska Jatra begins with the towing of the Chariot of Bhairav, after performing all traditional customary rituals. The statues of Bhairav and Betal, as well as the sword and flag brought from Hanumandhoka in Kathmandu, are placed on the chariot.
The chariot is paraded from Taumadhi to Gahiti. It is a festival full of energy and religious impact. Thousands of visitors come to witness the celebration of the beginning of the new year and to show their respect and devotion towards God.
The festival is celebrated in a magnificent manner for eight nights and nine days, with many rites celebrated, including the Sindur Jatra and the tongue-piercing ceremony.
Chief District Officer Khagendra Prasad Rijal informed everyone that all required preparations have been made to avoid any adverse occurrences during the celebration and to ensure its peaceful conclusion.
According to Superintendent of Police Prajit KC of Police Range Bhaktapur, 700 security personnel have been mobilized for the celebration.