it wasn´t even on
Pahachare, the three-day festival of the Newar community, has
begun. Meaning inviting guests in Newari, the festival begins
every year on the Chaitra Krishna Pakcha Chaturdashi (second
half of a lunar month).
On the occasion, eight goddesses at different Shaktipiths (power
centres) including Kankeshwori, Bhadrakaali and Mahankal are
said to be activated through tantrik rites.
On the first day, people clean their surroundings and sewage
considering it a worship of Lukumahadev. In the morning, they
perform pujas and sacrifice animals. A feast begins at Ason
where palanquins (khat) are dashed against each other beside the
Annapurna temple. It is regarded as a symbol of meeting sisters.
In the evening, idols of goddesses are taken around the city in
On the second day (Ghode Jatra), palaquins are placed in
Tundikhel. An inebriated horse is also made to run in Patan.
People invite their married daughters and sisters home for a
grand feast on the second and third days.
“People clean drains and their surroundings. As germs and
insects breed in the summer in dirty places, cleaning such
places also wards off health hazards,” said culture expert Padam