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Kasam Puja held at Pulchowk

Written by: Himalayan News Service

Kshama Puja is organized to seek forgiveness for the sins that people might have committed and for the failure to proceed ahead with the chariot procession of the Rain God Rato Machhindranath

Hira Lama Published: 2020-09-05 14:26:15

Priests performing Kshama Puja, a religious repentance for failure to proceed ahead with the chariot procession of the Rain God Rato Machhindranath amid curfew, at Pulchowk, Lalitpur, on Friday.
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After the third day of clash between the local and police the religious ceremony was held in the presence of priests and concerned officials amid curfew clamped by the Lalitpur District 

Ksama Puja is held after the meeting of Jyapu samaj and the task force and Jyapu Samaj; Kshama Puja is organized to seek forgiveness for the sins that people might have committed. 

They reached a consensus to complete all rituals of Rato Machhindranath from the same place where the irate youths had pulled the chariot yesterday. The chariot is being guarded by security personnel.

The clash had erupted after the police used force on hundreds of youths, who had gathered in Pulchowk and started pulling the chariot of Rato Machhindranath, despite ‘repeated requests’ from the local administration and police to avoid religious activities during the ongoing battle against the COVID pandemic. The event had been halted for the past one month due to the lockdown imposed by the government.

Saroj Thapaliya, the spokesperson for Guthi Sansthan, said the taskforce, Jyapu Samaj, and other stakeholders had reached an agreement with the authorities to perform the rituals. Priests will confirm the auspicious hour and day for taking the idol of Rato Machhindranath to Bungmati from Pulchowk on September 7. A member of the task force said the auspicious hour for lifting the idol from the chariot of the rain god might be scheduled for September 11.

Guthi Sansthan has decided to withhold Bhoto jatra this year. 

It is also called the festival of displaying the Bhoto — a jewel-studded vest — of the rain god to thousands of devotees in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, at the presence of the head of the state. It used to be celebrated on the fourth day of the chariot of Rato Machhindranath reaching Jawalakhel or the last day of the chariot procession.


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