Festival

Rato Machindranath Jatra

Rato Machhendranath Rath Jatra is one of the longest and most interesting festivals in Patan, Nepal. The Rato Machhendranath Jatra festival is believed to have started in 11th century. It is Chariot Festival of Nepal.

Rato Machhendranath Rath Jatra is also termed as Rato Machhindranath Rath Jatra or Red Machhendranath Rath Jatra. Rato means Red. Machhendranath is a deity of this chariot festival of Nepal.

Rato Machhendranath Jatra is also one of the chariot festivals of Nepal. It is belief in Hindus people that Rato Machhendranath is a god of rain. Both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal worship the deity, Rato Machhendranath. Hindus regard him as the reincarnation of the Lord Shiva.  The Buddhists regard him as the Tantric reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara. Rato Machhendranath temple is located in the southern part of the Patan Durbar Square since 1673. 

This festival is celebrated for more than one month long during May and June.