Biska Jatra in Bhaktapur | Photo Story

People in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur for Biska jatra.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 – Commonly known as Biska Jatra is an annual event in Bhaktapur, Dhapasi Thimi and Tokha and other places in Nepal. The festival is celebrated at the start of the new year on the Bikram Sambat calendar, however, the festival itself is not related to Bikram Sambat.

Legend has it that this celebration is the “festival after the death of the serpent”. Various areas of Bhaktapur city celebrate this festival according to their own rituals. The most eventful places are Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Thimi Balkumari. A chariot carrying a statue of the God Bhairava is pulled by hundreds of people to the Khalla Tole. Approximately a month earlier, the chariot is assembled near the Nyatapola temple (five stair temple).

The signature event on Bhaktapur Tamadhi is a tug-of-war between the Thane (upper) and Kone (lower) part of town. An approximately 25 meter Yoh si Dyo is erected in the yosi khyo In the evening of New Year. The Yoh si is pulled down as the New Year officially commences.

Balkumari Thimi hosts a color festival (Sindur Jatra). Folks from various parts of Madhyapur Thimi gather, carrying their own chariots in Layeku Thimi. People celebrate and share greetings, throwing simrik color powder and playing Dhimay music.

Bode witnesses a tongue-piercing ceremony. One resident spends the whole day with an iron spike piercing his tongue and roams the city by carrying multiple firey torches on his shoulder. Juju Bhai Shrestha is the most renowned tongue piercer town.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, (Nepal Bhasa: Devanagari : ख्वप लायकू, Prachalit Nepal alphabet) is the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) above sea level. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Khwopa, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole area is informally known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley. –
Corner view of Nyatapola at Taumadi, Bhaktapur.
Front view of Nyatapola at Taumadi, Bhaktapur. Nyatapola Temple is a 5-Roof (Nyata “ङाता” = 5 Storeys “तल्ला & Pola “पोलँ” = Roof “छाना”). Meaning is Five Storeys Roofed Temple. Pagoda Style temple located in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The temple was erected by Nepali King Bhupatindra Malla during a 7-month period from late 1702 to 1703. It is the temple of Siddhi Lakshmi, the Tantric Lakshmi who bestows auspiciousness. –
Lost in mass – Rajendra Man Banepali.
A passion of travel with kids and family of international tourist in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.

New peacock window in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur. [The Peacock Window is a 15th century window built in Bhaktapur Nepal. Commonly referred to as the “Mona Lisa” of Nepal is it one of the countries most precious art works. It consists several small bird carvings with a large intricately decorated peacock carving in the center with tail feathers that form a lattice window.]
[The Peacock Window is still in use today along the Pujari Math building which has several other wood carvings build into it.The building also houses a woodcarving museum with other splendid Nepalese woodcrafts on display]
Lingo is a pole that people erect on the Bisket Jatra. The tradition of constructing lingo started to celebrate the life of the surviving son-in-law of the King. On the new year’s eve, two lingos, 55-ft-tall totem poles, are erected on two different locations. The lingo is brought down the next day to signify the start of the new year. [Yoshingdhyo and Bhailakha in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.]

I am with a youth, Prasham,  in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.
I am with a youth, Rupendra, in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.
Bhailakha in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.
Bhailakha in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.
A old man serving free water for public in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.
A young man drinking free water served by a old man in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.


People in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur for Biska jatra.

Nayo of Bhailakha in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur for Biska jatra.
Bhailakha of Biska jatra in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.
Bhailakha of Biska jatra in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.
Biska jatra in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.
A kid with his grand father capturing photo in Yoshingkhel, Bhaktapur.

All photos captured by: Rupendra Man Banepali (


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