Kathmandu, April 14 (RSS): Bisket Jatra, an annual festival celebrated by the residents of Tokha in Bhaktapur, has begun today.
The four-day event that starts on the first four days of the Nepali New Year (Baisakh 1 to 4) sees a cart with god and goddess (Ganesha and Kumari) on top being pulled through the town. A wooden pole (Lingo) is erected near a Ganesh temple at Thanelachhi Chowk.
Various deities are also worshipped throughout the festival. The festival has a historical root and begins with the motive to save local people of the area from evil spells cast by various forces during an ancient era, said Chairperson of the festival management committee Ganesh Man Shrestha.
Volunteers have been mobilised, and security has been tightened for the festival, he said. A fair has also been held in the area on the occasion.