The festival begins 4 days before the Nepali New Year Day and continues for 9 days. In this photo you can see a largew wooden chariot under construction. The pulling of the chariot temples of Lord Bhairava and Goddess Bhadrakali, the male and female manifestation of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati respectively, begins 4 days before the New Year Eve Day.
Caretaker priests of the respective temples perform pre-outing rituals and receive the state offerings for the deities. After the rituals and worships, the priests carry the images of the deities to their respective chariot-temples and hold the images on their arms and be seated in the inner sanctum of the chariot. Another priest holding the sword from Bhaktapur's Palace guards the image.
Then the residents of Bhaktapur start pulling of the chariot temples for the nine-day festival trip. The creaking and swaying chariot lumbers around town, pausing for a huge tug of war between the eastern and western sides of town.
Source: Highland Asia Travel
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