City of devotees, Bhaktapur, witnessed the last dance of Nava Durga, the nine avatars of goddess ‘Durga’’ in Bhaktapur.
The celebration locally referred to as ‘Bhagasthi’ marks the annual end of the nine-month long Nava Durga festival, where thirteen masks participate and parade in the ancient city.
Seven manifestations represent Durga- Mahakali, Kumari, Barahi, Bramhayani, Maheswori, Vaisnavi, and Indrani. The remaining six masks include Shiva, Ganesha, Bhairav and Seti Bhairav and the guardians Sima and Duma.
Devotees throng along the trails to offer prayers & their last homage before the masks are
burned in along the Hamunathe river. The ashes are preserved and used to revoke new masks during Dashain, and the Nava Durga Festival resumes a fresh cycle.
Samir Shrestha/ ON THE RECORD NEPAL