This year I was lucky enough to see the Bajrayogini’s Jatra (festival) at Sankhu, Kathmandu. This is one of the major Jatra that we can see inside Kathmandu valley. I did not see much crowd as we see in jatra of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Lalitpur. May be since Sankhu is a small village/city east north of Kathmandu and the population is very less. Many people are not aware of this jatra, there were very less visitors to observe this jatra.
You will get different type of excitement while watching this jatra. Since the Bajrayogini temple is at the top of the hill, bringing the god’s statue down the steep hill on the heavy chariot is really exciting. I think locale from Sankhu should invite people, friends, and relatives from different places to see this jatra so that people will know about it, see the excitement of this jatra and know more about this ancient city Sankhu.
Few months back I did a hiking with some of my friend from Sankhu to Nagarkot, This place is also popular for Sali Nadi (holy river which is mentioned in one of the holy books of the Hindu, Swasthani).
This place has many thing to offer for internal, Indian (for holy reason and external tourism). I read somewhere about this place that around 15th or 16th century some Italian priest visited this place and compare it with their Italian city saying it’s beautiful .
I think Government will take some steps to make such jatra, Fairs to make the place popular and attract tourist so that the economy of the locale people will increase.
Enjoy the pictures and feel the excitement guys.
I can get a better view from here 😛
One of the four chariot that we saw
Identity of Newari culture, the typical Newari musical instrument
Kids participation will preserve such fairs for ages 🙂
Age is not the barrier to take part at such jatra
Who ever have visited this temple knows that this means :), they say it will clean you sin, but how?
Steep stairs, how will they bring that chariot down this stairs
I am the front man, with out me don’t think of this festival 😛
Finally, some of evil people tried this to make them self clean from sin, just kiddin. 😉