Bungamati Festival 2015 organised on the occasion of 12 years of Rato Machindranath Chariot has kicked off in Bungamati, Lalitpur district on Sunday, April 19, 2015. (Photos by: Sanuman)
Rato Machindranath Chariot is constructed in Bungamati village in every 12 years. Usually, it is constructed in Pulchowk, Lalitpur every year.
This year the chariot procession -- Bunga Dyah Jatra or Rato Machhindranath Jatra (rain god) -- will begin from Bungamati itself. Bungamati is also known as the second home of the rain god.
Rato Machhindranath Jatra (festival) is also one of the old and the longest festival of Nepal that falls in April/May. The procession starts from Bungamati and passes through Bhaisipati, Nakhu, Pulchwok, Gabahal, Sundhara, Lagankhel and concludes with Bhoto Jatra (vest festival) in Jawalakhel.
After the conclusion of Bhoto Jatra, Rato Machchhindranath will be taken to Bungamati.