The Rain God’s Vest: Bhoto Jatra
The Bhoto Jatra took place on May 25th in Jawalakhel as is usual practice. Bhoto Jatra marks the end of the month-long Rato Macchindranath chariot festival. Bhoto is the bejeweled vest of Rato Macchindranath or the God of Rain.
Bhoto Jatra is attended by the Living Goddess Kumari, as well as the President and Prime Minister of Nepal. At the end of the jatra, the chariot is dismantled and Rato Macchindranath is taken to his Bungamati temple. Bungamati is considered Rato Macchindranath’s second home.