Rato Machhindranath Jatra is known as Bungadyo (Newari language), the god of holly rain water harvesting for local Lalitpur district. This festival is the longest running chariot in Nepal. The name “Rato Machhindranath” literally translates into “Red Fish God”. Rato means ‘Red’ and Machhindra means ‘Fish’ and Nath means ‘God’. People worshipped centuries for rain water and their great culture pulling the chariot of Rato Machhindranath at Lalitpur, Patan town every year. This festival is held in the month of Chaitra or Baisakh in Nepali calendar (April or May). The chariot is about 32 feet long which is incredible chariot in Nepal alone. The chariot is made up of cane, wood, bamboo.

The Rato Machhindranath is special chariot festival celebrates in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal. The chariot is pulled around Patan town and is stopped at many places during the duration of festival. The procession starts at Pulchok and passes through Gabahal, Hakha, Sundhara, Lagankhel and ends at Jawlakhel. This takes almost a month to end. When the chariot procession starts, thousands of people assemble to observe and worship the fair.


This festival is specially celebrated by Newar Jyapu Community of Patan Lalitpur. Jyapu are ancient agricultural profession for centuries in the town. The entire musical instrument arrangement is made by Jyapu community during the festival.