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    Posted March 31, 2012 by
    Kathmandu, Nepal
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    Seto Macchendranath Festival 2012


    The chariot of Seto Machindranath is pulled from teendhara pathsala,durbarmarg upto Ason Tol square beginning this year Seto Macchendranath festival on 11th April 2012.
    The Seto Macchendranath Temple, in Old Kathmandu, is one of Nepal's holiest and most ornate temples. It is revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike. Buddhists revere this idol as Avalokitesvara. Hindus consider it a manifestation of Shiva. It is draped with katas (white scarves) by Buddhists and orange or yellow garlands by Hindus. The chariot will travel to the different locations before it came to an end at Lagan tole.
    It is one of the more important temples in Kathmandu and both Hindus and Buddhist worship at this temple. In the temple there is a seating image of a white-faced of Seto Machhendranath. Buddhist worship Seto Machhendranath as a form of Avalokiteshvara and the Hindu worship him as a form of Siva, who brings rain.
    It has an arched doorway with an image of Buddha on a high stone pillar faced by two lions. In front of the temple are bronze images of Taras on top of high pillars. It is not known exactly when the temple was built, but it was renovated in the 17th century. In the courtyard there are many shrines and statues of deities.
    The deity of Seto Machhendranath is placed on a chariot and paraded around the city during the Seto Machhendranath festival in March/April. The parade ends of Machhendranath Temple in the south section of the city.

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