Rato Machhindranath’s ascension on April 19


The auspicious hour for the ascension of Rato Machindranath, the deity of rain and good harvest, to his grand chariot, which resembles a tapering tower like structure, has been set for April 19.

It will take at least two weeks to finish constructing the Rato Machhindranath’s chariot, said Rudranath Adhikari, the chief of Guthi Sansthan, Lalitpur.

The construction started on Monday.

The deity will be placed on the chariot on April 19 carrying out special rituals, while the grand procession will start on April 22.

The chariot construction is going on at Bungamati, on the outskirts of Lalitpur, on the bank of Bagmati River.

The procession will start from the same locality as the 12-year special fair befalls this time, according to astrologer Kritirmadan Joshi.

Joshi informed that construction of chariot, which is nearly 32-foot tall, and the ritual of the ten karmas of the deity is currently underway.

A rope made of wood, jute and cane is used to construct the rivet chariot.

Source: THT