Bisket Jatra (13/14/15 April, 2015) -The exact date of the origin of the Bisket jatra is not known for sure however, this festival must have started during the period of the Licchivi reign (400 A.D. to 800 A.D.) when Tantric rituals became the part of lives in Nepal, as most of the rituals performed to the main deities called God Bhairava, Goddess Bhadrakali and the God called ‘Yeo-sin-deo’ the combined form of both the deities placed on a long wooden pole with two long flags locally known as ‘halin pata’ associated with Tantra.
Festival Period -
April 13/14/15 of 2015.
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The festival has evolved from the two-day ceremony to the current nine-day and eight-night festival. Originally, Bhaktapurians celebrated this festival for two days only displaying the two long flags commemorating the dead serpents on a wooden pole. They erected the pole on the New Year’s Eve and lowered down the next day evening keeping it for twenty-four hours for the people to see it. Initially, there was only the chariot festival of Goddess Bhadrakali. Later on, King Biswo Malla (1503 A.D.-1575 A.D.) added the chariot festival of God Bhairava to this festival.
King Jaga Jyoti Malla (1586 AD-1613 AD) set the tradition of taking God Bhairava and Goddess Bhadrakali on their respective chariot to the area where ‘Yeo-sin-deo’ stands. King Bhupatindra Malla (1677 A.D.-1702 A.D.) elaborated this festival making a three-tiered Nepali-styled chariot to God Bhairava and a two-tiered chariot to Goddess Bhadrakali in 1681 A.D. He also extended the duration of the festival to nine days adding four more days to continue the festival after the Nepalese New Year’s Day following the Vikram Calendar. Thus, the festival took the shape of the current celebration.
Bisket Jatra is also celbrated in Thimi at Bode village, there is a tongue-piercing ceremony in which the dedicated may reserve a place in heaven. The festival concludes with several days of dancing and worshiping.