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Festival of The Month:-

April 9th -18th 2017

Biska Jatra is Bhaktapur’s greatest festival and goes on for nine days. The festivity starts off with a raucous tug-of-war at the city center between two neighborhoods trying to drag the triple-roofed chariot of Bhairavnath to their own side. On April 13, a ceremonial pole called yosin is erected on the city outskirts. The two strips of cloth unfurled from the top represent a pair of dead snakes in whose memory the festival has been installed. “Bi” in Nepalbhasa means snake, and sika stands for death, hence the Bisika or Biska festival.

Festivals in Nepal are occasions to express religious devotion and reaffirm social ties. They bring color and magic to daily life and are eagerly awaited events. Almost all the festivals happen according to the lunar calendar, and the dates given below are called for this year only.

The emergence of the Bisket festival landmarks the culture ecstasy in Bhaktapur. Prominently observed on the advent of spring it is a festival of human emotion.

The human emotions are symbolically depicted on the multiple aspects of the festival at


The folk-lore as it tells about the sluttering of a pair of snakes by a handsome youth bestowed with Tantric empowerment is the two serpents come out of the nostrils of a beautiful princess at mid night while snizzing. They grew to huge shape in the twinkling of an eye and took the life of any person who slept with the princess. As always the serpents were about to sting the youthful person in the bed, one night. The meticulous person caused the serpents breath their last with his Tantirc power.

Having found the person alive and the serpent, the fallowing morning, Vishwo Malla the then ruler brought the practice of hosting two flags on a big long wooden pole. Symbolically enough the banners were designed after the shape the deceased serpents. The big long pole meant for hoistening the flags were addresses Yashin-the pole of love and remained popular among the local people as these days. The hosting of the serpent shaped flags is annually observed with great enthusiasm. The banners are known as Bisho Dhoja after Bisho Malla.

The mythical belief considers the firmament and the earth as the divine male and female object in the form of Bhairab and Bhadrakali respectively. It says that the mating between the sky and the earth has made the creation possible on our planet. The rain that showers from the sky to the earth are considered the life giving element whiles the earth the creative base. And the hole in which the Yoshin-pole is erected is the symbol of the female reproductive organ.

So, the bisket is also a festival of the mating of the bhairab and the Bhadrakali. The ma\metallic icon of Bhairab and the Bhadrakali is brought out of the temples four days earlier to the erection of the Yoshin-pole. They are enthroned on the respective chariots called Bhaila Kha (Chariot) and the Nakinju Kha. The Bahila kha and Na kinjukha are voluntarily drawn by the festiv people with great excitement. The Bhairab and Bhadrakali are respectively addressed as Bhaila deo and Nakinju Ajima in local dialect. Essentially the concept of the festival is based on conjugality, cration and continuity of life. On the last day of the year by the evening the Bhairab and the Bhadrakali chariots are drawn toward Yoshin-khyo- where the Yoshin pole is erected. The yoshin pole is erected by the late evening. A mammoth crowd in participation exclaims joy in songs. The energetic youths tend to reach the tope of the pole climbing up the big dangling ropes aiming pick up green shrubs adjusted on the top. The treat behind the endeavors is furnished with a belief; if one who would pick up the green shrub from the top of Yohshin-pole is the lucky one for a male child to give forth. The pole remains perpendicular to the sky and earth for 24 hours. And the evening is followed by a big great all over Bhaktapur.


The dawn of the New-year turns to a joyous moment for all Bhaktapurians. Most of them get assembled to the yoshin khel in early hours of the morning paying, homage and sacrificial puja to the Bhairab and Bhadrakali becomes the scenario of the morning through mid day eve. The cheerful appearance and the festive gala signifies moment of life on the advent of the new Bikram era.

The Yoshin pole is pulled down to the ground by the evening. Mommoth crowd assembled on the eve give expression to their joyful mind with the seasonal melodies singing every now and then. Seasonal tunes in flutes, drum, symbol and other musical instrument are the attractive features of the event.

People get concentrated to pull the Bhairab and the Bhadrakali chariots. They are pull towards the Gahiti tole/section. AT midnight the Bhairab and Bhadrakali chariots are collided symbolizing copulation. But this time the Bhairab chariot does not move even single inch. It is the Bhadrakali who keeps passionately dashing over the Bhairab at mid night.

Life is all but a joyous festival and festivals to enjoy life.

S.N Events When? Where? Remarks
1. Bhairav & Bhadrakali enthroning on the Chairots(Deo Kohan Vikaykegu) Thursday April 9th 2017Afternoon Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur-11 Chariots are pulled on in the mode of ‘Tug of War’
2. Sacrificail Eve (Shyakotyako) Saturday,   April 10thMorning hours All over Bhakatpur Animals sacrifice in all Hindu Shrines
3. Erection of Yoshin pole (Yoshin thanegu)Main day Sunday,       April 12thEvening hours Yahinkhel,Bhelukhel,Bhaktapur-12 The huge wooden pole over from length is erected
4. Torch bearing Eve at Indrayani (Indrayani tipwa Jatra) Monday 13thLate evening Khauma tole, Bhaktapur-15 Goddess Indrayani devi is taken around Khauma tole in festive mood
5. Grounding the Yoshin Pole(Yoshin Kothayegu)

Main day

Monday       April 14thEvening hrs Yahinkhel,Bhelukhel,Bhaktapur-12 The huge wooden pole over from length is grounded 


6. Torch Bearing Eve at BarahiBara TipWa Jatra Monday   April1 14thLate evening Nhayesatwa Bansagopal ,Bhaktapur-12 Goddess BhariMatha is taken around the Nhapsatwa with devotion
7 . Collision of the bhadrakali & bhirav Chariota ( kha lwakegu ) Monday     April 14th      mid night Gahity tole Bhaltaur -11 Bhadrakali chariot dashes Bhirav chariot in full passion
8 . Collision of the Mahalaxmi and Mahakali Chariots ( Mahakali Mahalaxmi   Kha lwakegu) Tuesday , April 15th evening hrs Bholanchhen Bhaktapur -9 Symbolic hugging get together of the two devine sister goddesses
9. Festival of Bramhayani devi ( Bramhayani jatra ) Wednesday , April 16th evening hrs Dattatraya square Bhaktapur -3  Bramhayani chariot is carried on by the connoisseurs
10. Festival of the Chhuma Ganesh ( Chhuma Ganesh jatra ) Thursday , April 17th evening hrs Chochhen tole Bhaktapur -7 Chuma ganesh is taken all around chochhen tole in celebration
11. Bidding farewell to the entire   divine spirit for getting back to the respective shrines (Deo-sogan-Biyagu ) Thursday, April 17th from dawn to dusk All over Bhaktapur Devotees in tune with the cultural , musical orchestra pay homage with the enchantment of hyms
12. Entire matrickas include in Bhadrakali and Bhairav are carried back to the respective shrines from their chariots( Deo- thaha Bijyakegu) Friday , April 18th afternoon Taumadhi square Bhaktapur -11 Special feature of the eve happens to be the polling of the BB .chariot





Bisket at Thimi

Thimi – an ancient Newari town lies about ten kilometers east from Katmandu and some 3km from Tribhuvan International Airport heading towards Bhaktapur. It is one of the few townships where one can experience genuine Newari culture, in terms of both festivals and life style. People from different parts of nearby areas participate and enjoy the many festivals that occur here annually.

‘Bisket Jatra’ observed in Thimi as ‘Sindoor Jatra’, is one of the most spectacular festivals of Thimi and is absolutely different than the ‘bisket’ observed in proper Bhaktapur.


“Sindoor jatra” celebrated according to Vikram era on Nepali New year holds special importance for the local community. Thousands of people gather with full enthusiasm to welcome New Year in a festive mood. The whole environment of the town actually turns too festive during the jatra that I s celebrated for four days. Most people enjoy participating the event rather than just being out lookers.


A day before a new year firing of forest wood takes place which is known as gunsin ghhoyekegu”. A traditional wooden pole with flags used to be erected in front of balkumari temple of thimi but this is no more in practice now.

On this day chariot festival takes palace in vishnuvir. During that same night, chariots of deities are carried with Dhimay baja & flaming torches to kwachhen (kadshin barahi) from layaku and the chariots are revolved there.

On the new year day (1st Baisak) devotees from around the town gathered at Balkumari one of bhairab.s consorts and worship all through out the day. In the evening hundreds of ceremonial oil lamps are lit . Some devotees light oil lamps even on their legs, chests, foreheads, arms & lie motionless positions for hours.

Second day of the bisket is an important day when surrounding village bring Kath of different gods to balkumari early in the morning. 32 chariots of deities are gathered and revolved round Baalkumari temple by the festival participants. People carry flaming torches or play drums/cymbals. Vermilion power is spread around each other body with joy. In no time the whole locality turns colorful orange. The environment becomes unbelievably too festive by time. The festival reaches its climax when the Khat of ganesh

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  1. My husband, Lee, and I, and our friends Jill and Derek Pederson stayed with you at Shiva 1 for six nights in March of this year. We are so happy to hear that you are in business and that you and the hotel survived the earthquake. We are not traveling back to Nepal this year, but will recommend your business to all those we talk to in the USA. Thank you for a very enjoyable stay in March! Everyone was so helpful and your food was the best! Linda Pollock

    • Hello Linda
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