Rato Machindranath

KAB 2024

Medium: Ceramics
Dimensions: Approx. 4 x 3 ft
Year: 2023

About the Art

Rato Machhindranath, commonly known as the “Red Machhindranath” or “Bunga Dyah,” is a Hindu and Buddhist god in Nepal. Rato Machhindranath, the god of rain and harvest, is especially revered in the Kathmandu Valley, where an elaborate chariot procession known as the “Rato Machhindranath Jatra” takes place every year. A giant wooden chariot carrying a towering idol represents the deity, and the procession incorporates a complex ritual that lasts many weeks. This practice is both a religious and a cultural extravaganza that brings communities together in celebration and devotion. The celebration represents togetherness and collective spirituality, and it reflects Nepal’s rich tapestry of religious rituals and cultural legacy.

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