Evening stroll to Seto Machhindranath Chariot

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Laxmi Narayan Shilpakar holds Nepal’s flag infront of the Seto Machhindranath chariot in Lagan

Seto Machhindranath Jatra is one of the most popular festivals in Kathmandu. It is a chariot procession dedicated to the god of rain and is celebrated in the month of Chaitra (April) for a period of three days.

If you do not know about Seto Machindranath, here is a quick wiki link.

On April 7 (Friday evening), I got to go with my wife to a place a called “Lagan” where the chariot was kept to pay some homage to the god and I was quite impressed with the vibes around the chariot. My wife explained to me that Lagan is where Seto Machhindranath’s mom resides and that the chariot is taken around the mother’s temple. There were lots of young and old, men and women around the chariot and I must say, I had to struggle to keep my balance when I was near the chariot. Lots of pushing and shoving around there.

There were three groups of youths from different “toles” (localities) with traditional instruments and they were really keeping the locality lively with their music.

Enjoy the vibe!!!

 

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