Bisket jatra, popularly known as biska jatra is counted among those treasured festivals of Bhaktapur that are culturally and historically very important. This jatra is celebrated to welcome Basanta or spring. That means this jatra is celebrated in mid-April. Being the largest jatra of Bhaktapur, it is also named after chyacha gunhuya jatra, which means eight-night and nine days jatra.
You can see the craze of people for this festival while you attend this jatra. Just to attend this festival, thousands of people from different territories gather at Bhaktapur. There will be this many people that you can’t even surmise. It feels like the whole city is desolate and all people are gathered in the streets of Bhaktapur.
The main attraction of this jatra is the lyo sin dyo also pronounced as lingo. It is a sky-high unbending pole which is erected on the last day of the month, Chaitra and then lye down in the next eve. This event falls on the very first day of the new year of Bikram sambat, where the fact is that this biska jatra has no relation with Nepalese new year.
It is said that this jatra was started by King Jagat Jyoti Malla because he was so inspired by the story of serpents. According to which, a cursed princess became a widow the next day after her marriage. The man who gets married to her found dead the next early. In this environment, a prince with tantric power came and get a knot out with the princess. He stands awake at that night and consequently, found something very suspicious about the princess. The two serpents steadily came out from the nostrils of the princess. The prince sprightly cut them down into pieces with his sword as soon as he saw them crawling. This is how the curse was cured. To celebrate this victory against those serpents, the celebration of bisket jatra is commenced.
The Malla kings heighten up the importance of bisket jatra by adding a chariot festival to this event. The chariot of bhairava and Bhadra kali are assembled and also collied against each other during the festival. The tug of war is the most dangerous part of this event, which made this festival one of the dangerous festival in the world. Besides this, the jatra of Mahalaxmi, Mahakali, Bramayani, and Maheshwari are also celebrated during the festival.