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Statue of Rato Macchendra Nath

It is thought that Rato Machendranath brings rain to the Valley farmers through the aid of
the snake gods.
Rato Machhendranath Jatra

Rato, or Red, Machhendranath is one of the patron deities of the Kathmandu Valley, said to have come from ancient  Kamrup in the eastern Himalaya in mythical times. Although he resides most of the year in a temple in Bungamati, on the south side of the Kathmandu Valley, his ritual procession, or Jatra, takes place in Patan, across the river from Kathmandu. This year the deity is mounted in his Rath, actually a small ornate temple mounted on wooden wheels and surmounted by a wooden spire covered with pine boughs.

The mammoth wheels represent four ferocious Bhairab gods and on the prow of the chariot is the metal face of Karkot, the mythical King of the Nags, or snake deities. It is thought that Rato Machendranath brings rain to the Valley farmers through the aid of the snake gods.

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For a week or longer, the chariot is pulled through the streets of Patan, coming to a halt at places where the townspeople come out to make offerings. Through part of the Jatra the god's chariot of Minnath.

At the end of the festival the chariot arrives at an open field where their Majesties the King and Queen of Nepal and the Living Goddess of Patan come to witness the display of the Bhoto, the sacred, jewel-encrusted vest of Lord Machhendranath.



 
 
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