Devotees dress up and tell traditional tales about various great achievements performed by the Gods along the streets of Bhaktapur during the festival devoted to God Madhav Narayan and Goddess Swasthani.

Fasting from Poush Shukla Purnima to Magh Shukla Purnima is the account of Swasthani Brata in Bhaktapur’s Khohre (Hanuman Ghat). Of course, this fast is observed in Sankhu(Sakwo)’s Shalin River. However, this fast is thought to be older than Sankhu and holds unique importance. The devotees fast and eat only one meal a day which do not  containing salt after worshiping Til Madhav Narayan from Taumadhi for a month. “Mar Havanegu” is also known for visiting Madhav Narayan from house to house during this month. In which a Tole elder sings a song to awaken everyone. Similarly, Jalsan (water pose) is practiced in Tribeni in front of the fasting spot from early morning throughout this period. While sitting in the water, the entire body is submerged; only the head is removed and the conch is blown while the Brahmin priest chants the mantra and the Shankha continue to blow.

Everyone begins the day by bathing in the same area as the mantra is sung. As a result, some people appear in front of the river while others appear as “Dumdayagu” and “Sinamah Tulegu” means to slip from a specific location and arrive at the Tribeni Ghat, whereas Dundayagu means to measure the distance with one’s body. Devotees are taken to Panauti, Pashupati, Changunarayana, Shesh Narayan, and other religious sites on a regular basis. While the men living in the water are carrying water from the 108 stream on their heads, it is forbidden to wear shoes.


People dressed as deities are carried on palanquins through the core streets of Bhaktapur as holy water is splashed all along the path in a procession. Thousands of female and male worshippers flock to Hanumanghat every year for the celebration. Unmarried women fast for a caring and loving companion, whereas married women fast for the lifespan of their husbands and family members.