Wednesday, June 6, 2012

12 Years Shree Pachali Bhairav Khadga Siddhi Jatra Celebrated in Brahmatole, Kathmandu

Shree Pachali Bhairav Khadga Siddhi Jatra (Gathu Pyakhan), which is celebrated once every 12 years in different places of Kathmandu. It is known as "Barha Barse Pachali Bhairav Khadga Siddhi Jatra" in local Nepali language.
 
In this dance 13 different Hindu goddess mask dance is performed. People offer different pujas and offering in this ceremony. Animals like ducks, goats and buffalos are also sacrificed in this festival as "Bali Puja." Names of all god and goddess 1. Mahalaxmi (orange, three eyes); 2. Ganesh (white, three eyes); 3. Bramhayani (white, U shape tika); 4. Rudrayani (white, three eyes); 5. Kaumari (red, marks on cheeks); 6. Narayani (green, U shape tika); 7. Barahi (red, pig's nose, eye tika); 8. Manamayju (Indrayani, horizontal eye tika); 9. Kali (blue/red, wrinked face with eight points); 10. Bhiarav (blue, big eyes, big face); 11. Singhini (white, lion-faced); 12. Bhangini (orange, tiger-faced); 13. Swait Bhairav (white, looks like Shiva, comes out only occasionally).
 
1. Narayani performing ritual dance in the festival  
2. Narayani performing ritual dance in the festival  
3. Bhairab performing rituals on the Festival 
4. Bhairab performing rituals on the Festival 
5. Priest offering puja to Bhairab on the Festival 
6. All the God and Goddess performing dance in the Festival 
7.  Singba performing rituals on the Festival 
8. Bhairab offering Tika to Priest in the Festival 
9. Bhairab offering Tika and performing rituals in the Festival  
10. Kumari scarifies duck and suck blood in the festival  
11. Bhairab scarifies Goat and suck blood in the festival  
12. Barahi giving food gains (Prasad) to the Devotes 
13. Barahi giving food gains (Prasad) to the Devotes 
14. Kaumari performing dance in the festival  
15. Devotees watching festival from the window 
16. Child watching dance in the Festival

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