Rato Machindranath festival at Pulchowk

Rato Machindranath festival at Pulchowk

Devotees pull a chariot during the Rato Machindranath festival at Pulchowk in Lalitpur yesterday. The event, celebrated every year to herald good monsoon rains for increased rice harvest, prosperity and good luck, is one of the main festivals observed by both the Buddhists and Hindus of the ethnic Newar community in Kathmandu Valley.