Bhadgaun, Oct. 20: The 'payaadyo' ritual that is performed at Taleju of ancient Bhaktapur town at midnight of the Bijaya Dashami festival has concluded.
The ritual includes wrapping the 'payaadyo' or the sword of the goddess Taleju Bhawani with a piece of red cloth and a person wearing armour brandishing this sword and taking it around the place. The ritualistic sword symbolises the goddess Taleju Bhawani.
The swords and other paraphrenalia used for the ritual are anointed as per tantrik procedures at the Khan Kuthi room at the Agam temple at midnight before they are handed over to the Rajopadhyaya priests by the Mool Achaju or the main priest at the Taleju temple.
Meanwhile, another traditional festival observed here in the ancient town of Bhaktapur, the Seto Ghodejatra, was also marked on the midnight of the Bijaya Dashami on Friday.
A white horse is specially anointed for the ritual and it is made to run three times around the Bhaktapur palace as part of this ritual. The belief is that it is to present the 'horse dance' so that lord Pashupatinath will see it. The white horse is considered the vehicle of the goddess Taleju Bhawani. RSS
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