Bhoto Jatra marks the end of the month-long occasion of Rato Machhindranath Jatra. The festival surrounds the practice of exhibiting a diamond-studded vest during the time of the Rato Machhindranath festival.
The vest was offered to a healer-farmer who had healed the snake king Karkotak’s wife of her vision ailment. The farmer’s newly-earned reward drew plenty of attention from everybody. Unfortunately, one day the vest was stolen by a ghost who refuses to let go of his newly-earned posture.
After a long chase and pursual, the two reached the wide plains of Bhaktapur where the Rato Machhindranath festival was taking place and people were pulling a chariot. The dispute between the two caught the focus of the then King Gunkampdev, who was very just and kind.
He lent both the parties an opportunity to present their side of the story and claim the Bhoto. Ultimately, he demanded that both the farmer and ghost present a strong proof on who the vest belonged to . Until then, the king decided that the vest will remain with the priests of the Rato Machhindranath chariot.
Despite the farmer’s request to the snake king, he didn’t come to stand witness for him before the king. The priests waited until the last day and kept displaying the vest for someone to own it up. But no one ever reported it.