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Friday, 29 July 2016

Rato Machhindranath Bhoto Jatra

Posted by Anup Baral July 29, 2016 :


The annual Bhoto Jatra Festival of Rato Machhindranath was held in Jawalakhel of Lalitpur on Friday. During the festival, the bhoto (jewel-studded vest) of the Rato Machhindranath deity was displayed in presence of high-ranking dignitaries.A large crowd of people had gathered in and around Jawalakhel today to grace the annual event. Machhindranath is revered as a god of good harvest and prosperity. Paying homage to Lord Machhindranath is believed to bring good luck and fulfill one’s wishes. The chariot procession will finally come to an end after four days upon reaching the temple of Machhindranath at Bungmati, where the statue would finally be installed.

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Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.