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Posted in Festivals at 01:17 by www.PHALANO.com

Festival of Bode
by Bikas Karki

Buddha Krishna Bagh Shrestha, 33, of Bode, Thimi walks with the pierced tongue in Bode during the Bisket Festival. It was Shrestha’s second year of piercing tongue. The festival which is one of the biggest for the Newar community of Bhaktapur is celebrated on the first week of each Nepali new year with chariot carrying and color-powders.


  1. sanjeev , berkeley said,

    April 17, 2006 at 01:56

    what is he doing ? Is he really makin hole in his tongue ? and for shake of democrcy ! grreat !

  2. troy said,

    April 17, 2006 at 01:58

    needs dear to do, every body can’t do this ,since it is rear,so it is important.

  3. Pawan Khadka/ Warsaw, Poland said,

    April 17, 2006 at 02:00

    well its our culture. But are there more people to celebrate the festival or ………………

  4. Rabindra, Kent said,

    April 17, 2006 at 02:02

    Hats off for the daring job!

  5. shawn/usa said,

    April 17, 2006 at 02:14

    hey i know this comment is not in response to the above pictures but i don’t know other ways to contact you all. i don’t know why the comment section in the strike pix is closed but we really need it. if any way possible please open the comment section. thank you

  6. Laxman/Umesh...wiesbaden, Germany said,

    April 17, 2006 at 02:23

    good pictures…..thanks to the photographers…
    but with the closure of ‘comments’ in other forums it seems as if Iam losing my rights of free expression……

    is there anyone to hear me??…….in new democratic nepal…

  7. Ganesh Aryal/michigan,USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 02:24

    Keep going friends, Until you find way to”SHANTI KSHETRA NEPAL”.

  8. sandeep/USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 02:24

    i think.. the glory of bisket jatra is incomplete with no pictures of actual bisket jatra of bhaktapur municipality. i wonder why it is not there. i hope the photo feature would include other pictures too..

  9. sn pandey gopal shrestha said,

    April 17, 2006 at 02:57

    we like this photos.more thanks to photographer.we hope that again u provide this kind of phatos.pandayshan@yahoo.com and gshrestha61@yahoo.com
    we r in kuwait

  10. Thulokancho, Imphal said,

    April 17, 2006 at 02:59

    Well, I respect the culture and tradition of piercing your tongue to please the god, but the picture itself is rather disturbing !

  11. naresh pradhan, toronto said,

    April 17, 2006 at 03:00

    this is a culture and we have to conserve it but leave miths

  12. tirtha/europe said,

    April 17, 2006 at 03:02

    i reaaly miss biscuit jatra and bode jatra of bkt , a fun with frens and chayang,and raksi and rooti and achar from my dears hands.i wish i was there on that day. any way great to c the pictures and thaknks photgrapher.

  13. buddhi/saint paul said,

    April 17, 2006 at 04:36

    i agree with the above statements of laxman and umesh from Germany . so where is the right of freedom of expression?

  14. Suraj shrestha/Minnesota, USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 04:38

    this is the festival I liked the most coz this is my home town…..I have grown up seeing this festival…and now I am missing a lot…Its nice to see that people are preventing our ancient culture from being extint.finally with the starting of the new year lets hope that peace and democracy is restored in our country, jai nepal…..

  15. Birendra/ St. Cloud,USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 05:17

    Kudos to Nepali Culture!!

  16. indra chhantyal salzburg austria said,

    April 17, 2006 at 05:28

    i likes to bodejatra realy but now i m outsite of cuntrry and i have to see news of nepal but whay is the fighting every day in nepal very danger situationis now in cuntrry please stop war

  17. Shankar K.C. / Texas, USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 05:37

    Yaso k ho tyo.Is this a great job for democracy?o rajesh teeme lay ta gajb garayo.Culture ta ho.

  18. indra bhulanja chhantyal austria said,

    April 17, 2006 at 05:41

    thanks for fotografer malai pani ati man parchha yo bode jatra herna khusi lagyo yeta tira bode jatrako foto herda kheri tara dukha lagchha arkotira foto herda kheri k bhayo deshko situation ahile yesto deshma santi kahile aula yehi lagchha dukha

  19. Hokkaido Japan said,

    April 17, 2006 at 05:59

    This is the unique tradition of brave Bhaktapure people, so it most be preserve but timely it most be expressed in a more cultural way. That mean wearing real dress and ornaments of Bhaktapur peope and represent as much as natural.
    Well, our Nepalese photographers are doing a lot of progress even at critical situation of Nepal. Thank you once again for opening this comment section for readers.

  20. Som/Delaware USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 06:32

    Nice ,
    But ,dude, you are the same one who was shown in picture from last few years. Do you have especial training and aren’t there any other people keen at it?

  21. LL said,

    April 17, 2006 at 06:36

    why the comment sections are off in other photo blogs??? I s there any reason behind it?

  22. Patan said,

    April 17, 2006 at 07:01

    Is this a Newar culture ? Despite being Newar I have not come across such tradition of pierceing tonque. By the way I am from Patan.

  23. Oasis/ Texas said,

    April 17, 2006 at 07:18

    Hey , I am proud to say that this is my tradition, but the Bisket jatra festival’s snaps are not enough.
    Any way thanks to photographer Bro,

  24. chandra ( lost in translation) / Hong Kong said,

    April 17, 2006 at 07:30

    Beautiful Nepal. My Nepal. My pride.

  25. Dipak S Chettry said,

    April 17, 2006 at 08:57

    I think its really pain full not every one can do it but its the culture keep it up some has to do it , our country is rich in culter and tradation

  26. Dipak / Massachusetts said,

    April 17, 2006 at 09:00

    I think its really pain full not every one can do it but its the culture keep it up, some bodys got to do it , our country is rich in culter and tradation.

  27. Bdec/Ktm said,

    April 17, 2006 at 10:20

    नेपालमा सबै धर्म र जाति को धर्म र जाती को सहि रक्षा गर्न लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र अत्याबस्यक भैसकेको छ । यो पर्बले पनि तेहि कामना गरोस ।

  28. heaven said,

    April 17, 2006 at 10:45

    the peace doesn’t come from doing demonstrations, miracles evens but by realizising ourself. so whatever we, nepali people are making things i order to bring the peace only for out peace but not internal peace and not for true ananda. believe in god ., god may bless you all to nepali people and all peoploe are over the world . thanks

  29. Samaya/Sydney said,

    April 17, 2006 at 10:53

    Really great job dude!! keeping the culture and tradition.

    But in Sydney Nepalese Chicks do this in every day life. Every one of them have tatto or piercing some where in their body.

    I rekon we should have chick doing this next year

    What do you guys say on this??


  30. Arpeggio, Denver,CO, USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 11:29

    good Job man!!

  31. Sanu Tamrakar, East Africa said,

    April 17, 2006 at 11:48

    I think the commenters are not serious about Nepali cultures and societies. They are just writing to fill up the columns. If you are serious, please talk about photography, write about the sacrifices of Buddha Krishna Bagh Shrestha towards the god, culture and ofcourse Nepal as well.

  32. Pradip/Houston, Tx, USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 12:09



  33. Ashok karki/los angeles-USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 12:39

    Blessing to everyone! How great tradition we have. You can find lot of positivity,fasivity and collective enjoyment. Almost all the culture are traditional and thatswhy we call it culture. Do not forget the past, if you do you are ignorant. The prosperity is not only the science, technology, politics and money but culture also. Try to look this beautiful ceremony as the happy moment for all who understand the real meaning of the co-existance. Let’s live and let live.

  34. भोला घिमिरे , नर्वे said,

    April 17, 2006 at 12:45

    अहो , अचम्म ! साच्चै अति जोखिम् पुर्ण कार्य । तर यस्ता सस्कृँतिलाइ जोगाइ राख्नु भएकोमा धन्यबात् !

  35. Takdir maharjan/bruselles said,

    April 17, 2006 at 13:56

    My heart was hurting missing the bisket jatra of Baktapur these picuture are only one media to remember. So alot of thxs to the photographer providing momeriable photoes.

  36. Sagar/Prague said,

    April 17, 2006 at 14:03

    Nepal is rich in culture!
    This picture undoubtedly proves that we are rich. We all should have such bravery and cultural passion.

    PHALANO.com, thank you for posting such remarkable picture.

  37. rishav/singapore said,

    April 17, 2006 at 14:24

    it’s good to see the pictures of our culture, but now it’s time to throw the crown of nepal.so deliver this message to every body froma sacha nepali that whatever the situation fights for your rights,

  38. rabin rai/anamnagar said,

    April 17, 2006 at 14:38

    though the tongue piercing is very disturbing thing for the first timers but this is purest sort of devotion offered to teh god.besides i guess thsi is an unique kind of practice in teh world.thanks to all teh pple whu r doing their utmost to preserve this culture.tongue piercing is not a joke n teh devotions shown once again proves the neaplis r very god fearing religious pple.my nepal my pride.

  39. Pushpa said,

    April 17, 2006 at 14:46

    Like other ritual practices, this is nothing just a traditional practice, which has been transforming from generation to generation. We Neplaese people are still living in the stone age. For westerners, it is a romantic.

  40. Mani Raj Rai said,

    April 17, 2006 at 14:54

    Bafre baf yo ta Nepal maile kahile dekheko thina, Sahchai jibro chedekoi ho ki kya ho? maile ta, When I was at Singapore (1998) I have seen some Singaporien hindu tamil peoples were doing more crazy then above pictures but Nepal ma ta yesto thahai thiyena. Je vaye pani yo auta culture ho ra we most respect this rather then fun. Antama Bikas Karki ji lai dherai deherai danyabat dina chahanchu phtp sath sathai jankiri payeko ma.

  41. bina darshandhari(south korea) said,

    April 17, 2006 at 16:08

    Though our nepal is poor but we are rich in our culture and nature. That’s why we have lots and lots of strange rituals and festival like this.” East OR West MY NEPAL is the BEST”.

  42. kalidas Dhaubaji Shrestha, Buchanan, Liberia said,

    April 17, 2006 at 16:10

    Thanks for kipping those photographs giving the title as Bode Jatra of bhaktapur coz actually this tradition of Piercing tongue is Festival of Bode instead Previously usually this festival had been brocasted with title as Thimi Bisket Jatra from News MIdias. So I want to thanks once again to FHALANO.com and Bikas Krki for brocasting real title of the festival.

  43. rajesh said,

    April 17, 2006 at 16:24

    dear photographer,
    thanks for providing me to see the picture of my favorite, my heartest festival but please please please include more bisket jatra festival. you have include only one photo of bisket jatra of thimi. please if possible include more bisket jatra photos like the one above.
    thank you and really i appreciate you rajesh. good job. keep it on. but think about my suggestion too.

  44. Richard Lama/Singapore said,

    April 17, 2006 at 16:25

    It,s really wow,once again I missed my Nepal with various casts,cultures and bravery.I actually never felt before coming in foreign land,after coming here I found that Nepalese are really brave,the people often know nepalese with the word brave,and their khukuri.This bravery must be used for the success to bring peace in the country Mr.Bagh Shrestha,please4 show yourself being real BAGH,Best Of Luck.

  45. diggaj/china said,

    April 17, 2006 at 17:36

    thanks man for preserving our culture.if i was there i wouldn’t dare to do that.

  46. sudeep/ Tokyo said,

    April 17, 2006 at 17:38

    Prabhu Namaste!
    what happened to the comment section in other blogs?

    Don’t say that somebody else wanted you to do that.


  47. Bhesh Raj Gurung said,

    April 17, 2006 at 17:42

    ke yo jatra le saris maa kasta hudaina ra ?

  48. kapil koirala s / korea said,

    April 17, 2006 at 17:43

    thanks for the people who till now regards the festivals .looking the photo i forget abt the true situation of nepal .loktantrik nepal

  49. om/Korea said,

    April 17, 2006 at 18:37

    I missed to observe this festival this year. thanks for providing photos.

  50. Driksha/Hong Kong said,

    April 17, 2006 at 18:53

    I reallt feel so proud and suprised that we have lyk this kind of festival in Nepal.Only few people can do this it’s not very hard to do and i think it’s also very pain full.Anyway i am very proud and suprised about this festival

    ~~~~~~~~~~Thank you~~~~~~~~~~~

  51. ram shrestha said,

    April 17, 2006 at 19:43

    ahile ko hamro des ko abastha herda upalabdhimulak kam ma badhi dhyan dina jaruri chha.anabasek ra bertha ko chij haru lai ghataudai lage bes hola

  52. Anju/Troy,USA said,

    April 17, 2006 at 20:12

    Glad to see the pictures of Bisket Jatra.

  53. chandra ,malaysia said,

    April 17, 2006 at 20:33

    I think he is trying to show how much difficult is to get democracy and when it is got ot’s more difficult to get rid of it……

  54. usa/sunny said,

    April 17, 2006 at 23:26

    i am happy to see the pics of bisket jatra of madhyapur thimi but i would also want to tell sth to our photographer that…in one family parents always comes 1st no matter whether the family from……..western or eastern.
    about jana aandolan….democracy is the best……n it is necesary for the development of country…but in the concept of nepal..jun days hamro leader vanauda haru le sahid haru lai sahid dibas bahek aru din ma samghin chha then i’ll think that nepal got real democracy n i’ll prepare myself for strong democracy…….natra k gaya bho ra….democracy bha ko bela yeuta sano police report linda lamjung ko sathi ko pahile aayo mero dhilo bho manchhe nabhayera…….aru kura lekhau vane room nai chhaina….

  55. myself. nepali hk. said,

    April 17, 2006 at 23:29


  56. Numa Rai, Canada said,

    April 17, 2006 at 23:42

    Bisket Jatra is the most Oldest cultural ritual procession of Nepal.

    HIstorian said that this Bisket Jatra may started in during Kirat kingdom and early malla period.

    Then other jatras also formed in Valley.

  57. pramod Doha said,

    April 18, 2006 at 01:22

    So Beautiul …. I can’t discribe.?

  58. samrajya manandhar,krishana p.lamichheneU.A.E said,

    April 18, 2006 at 02:18

    Hi, everybody Happy new year 2063.

    What i would like to say is, there are many cultures and festivals in Nepal among them from the newar’s are unique.


  59. arbin/kansas said,

    April 18, 2006 at 02:45

    thanxs rajesh for the great pics.
    am missin’ these festivals very much. even if we’re physically distant from nepal, our heart and soul will always be there.

    these pics also help us to show our unique cultures to frens here.

    though i am surprised at some of the commenters like (Samaya/Sydney) who compare our culture with some sydney chicks. I need to suggest him that if he knows nothing about this culture and the significance it have, then please shut your mouth.

    lastly happy new year, and may the new year bring new sunshine in our country
    and long live our traditions


  60. janaki(uk) said,

    April 18, 2006 at 04:34

    these are not only the pictures but also the tradition and cultures that make our nation very much different from others
    thanks to those who help to preserve our cultures

  61. Sheila Allentown PA. USA said,

    April 18, 2006 at 04:44

    Folks its a treat to see ‘tongue piercing’ shot….its amazing and I believe he has really cleaned himself …..his sins are forgiven. Obviously, he is the center of attraction. He is a great Dai…also an anti-rally against the king/Maoist/seven timid party.
    Jay Nepal!!! My dear Shangrila in the mid-70s. Will we ever see the free mystical snow peaks again? Where once again people will be able to saunter on the street freely and enjoy the peace-loving Nepalis around them……I miss Kathmandu very much.
    Let’s pray and hope it will come back to normal
    God bless Nepal and its kind, friendly and happy folks. Shanti.
    Now a resident from PA. USA

  62. Rajendra Kuamr Kharel said,

    April 18, 2006 at 05:17

    We have to respect our culture but right now we are in 21st century so we have to modify our culture according to this scientific era.

  63. Yamanand Tiwari said,

    April 18, 2006 at 09:28

    Dear all,
    It is great things to protect the culture of Nepal. We should keep it up with our effort.

    I believe it is only with Newari culture and it can be spreaded with others cultures.

    Yamanand Tiwari UAE

  64. seebzee lamichhane / Pokhara said,

    April 18, 2006 at 09:31

    nice pictures, but i feel in this current moment we all nepli people should constrated out mind only in revolution for real democracy so if the cultural festicals come ahead in this juncture we better should forget out cultural show and festivals becasue it will disturb the great revulutions. so plz, forget the all things and come openly to the field and cry for LOCKTANTRA.

  65. Sudip/South Korea said,

    April 18, 2006 at 10:51

    really great!!!

  66. dhawan/china said,

    April 18, 2006 at 11:25

    bisket jatra is one thing and tonge piercing is another. there is no need to be so excited about tongue piercing, guyes. you guyes know that most of the women pierce ears, many pierce nose, and nowadays many chicks in the west pierce tongue lips and navel area. so, now, the guyes who are so excited about this tongue piercing, tell me why you are so excited. moreover this is just for one day, but for the chicks i just talked about, is a daily life.

  67. Samurai,Ukihana ,Kobe said,

    April 18, 2006 at 12:33

    Greeting to the Nepali people!It is a great culture.I am sensing that there is no democracy in your country as the comment section in phalanoo.com was closed.
    Democracy doesnot come by riding internet.Thanks.

  68. Professor Jagendra ,Seoul,South Korea said,

    April 18, 2006 at 12:38

    Great culture.Great photos.One request,did the government put pressure upon phalano.com and you stopped comments?That way democracy doesnot come riding internet,friends.

  69. Bimala said,

    April 18, 2006 at 14:24

    gr8 picture. it is our culture. we should be proud of that. some of the commenters are comparing our culture with chicks. it’s foolishness. this is our culture from many years. and we should be proud that many foreigners get many knowledges from our culture. i feel very bad that many commenters are confused about their own culture.

  70. sonam china,yiwu said,

    April 18, 2006 at 16:06

    Great culture.Great photos.it is our culture. we should be proud of that.I am sensing that there is no democracy in your country as the comment section in phalanoo.com was closed.really great!!!

  71. koirala shyam,BUCHANAN,LIBERIA said,

    April 18, 2006 at 20:49


  72. Nicosia,cyprus said,

    April 18, 2006 at 23:38

    First of all I want to give thanks to that person who took these photos.Coz nowadays am so far from my house I mean the same place these this carnival was happened.I miss that carnival too much this year coz before every year I also attend that JATRA. This site helps me to see my JATRA

  73. Kanchho, Korea said,

    April 19, 2006 at 15:07

    Oops, It’s nonesense. jibro chheding for what? Blind faith…practice to go to hell… Repent..

  74. sunil shrestha manama city Bahrain said,

    April 20, 2006 at 17:53

    This is our culture so we must conserve it types of our relision.
    next year we will more improve than now. it is our living status.
    ok Bye

  75. newyork/flushing/kantu kc. said,

    April 21, 2006 at 03:11

    i just wait what kind of change will happend after democracy gona be same shit i have senn uml congress booth ruled already who invited maoist problem

  76. JAYA RAM RANA BHAT said,

    April 21, 2006 at 18:13

    We Want to democracy .
    Thanks My Mother place people who fight his democracy .

    Jaya Ram Rana Bhat

  77. jitendra mhr/Dubai said,

    April 24, 2006 at 21:52

    Really, it is our nepalese breaveness.Everybody should participate to prevent our local and national culture.This kind of culture is our identity. Thanks for this photo.

  78. Raju Adhikari/chitwan said,

    July 9, 2006 at 18:30

    what a magic. how can he pinch the tong? i’m ammaged.

  79. B.B.Rokaya maldives said,

    July 12, 2006 at 13:16

    i surpried of nepal sichuation.in our small country there is never cannot come peace thats why we are all of worry.so i have a sort 1 song.

  80. B.B.Rokaya maldives said,

    July 12, 2006 at 13:30

    ”Mero sapana Harayo” what is the nepali life.we want devloment.its posiable.

  81. DNS said,

    August 11, 2006 at 15:01

    pahri song
    and ghawari song
    nepali song

  82. Mekh( DOHA) said,

    August 29, 2006 at 21:54

    nice to see it, good performance

  83. s.n.pandey kuwait said,

    November 11, 2006 at 18:10

    this is our culture we need to save our culture.
    s.n. pandey birgha3 syangja.now kuwait al raed company.

  84. Dirgha Man Shrestha/Belgium said,

    March 3, 2007 at 16:31

    A lot thaknks to mkeeping our trzditional photo onit and appreciate your encouraginng performance which can attract more tourist on Baisakh 2nd on Thimi bode area.WE need to preseve this kind of rare culture.As i have seen my own place thrice time this real but real difficult cultural system, need to encourage futher and save contribution it.

  85. rajyeman shrestha/china,rizhao said,

    May 31, 2007 at 08:44

    i am wonder to see these phtoto….but upload more photos as well as videos if possible

  86. SANGAM/CHINA said,

    July 5, 2007 at 13:16

    Respected bro lots of remembrance!

    We liked it very much indescribable in words. THANKS!

  87. rajendra melbourne said,

    October 8, 2007 at 10:38

    this is the festival I liked the most coz this is my home town¦..I have grown up seeing this festival¦and now I am missing a lot¦Its nice to see that people are preventing our ancient culture from being extint.finally with the starting of the new year lets hope that peace and democracy is restored in our country, this is not simple and easy work to do . jai nepal¦..

  88. Rankaji gurung said,

    October 12, 2007 at 07:12

    wow this is very danger, what kind of festival is this

  89. Anup/Sydney said,

    October 16, 2007 at 11:59


  90. Uday Dhakal said,

    October 17, 2007 at 10:06

    I m glad to see those photos.

    It’d be better if u upload more intresting photos and articles.

    Good Bye!

  91. Bimal Thapa Magar said,

    January 18, 2008 at 01:35

    It is quite admirable as he is dying to save the custom. This is what the point where we can have the proud of nepali culture. Hope it will be kept on by new generation too.

  92. subin/miami, US said,

    March 14, 2008 at 14:44

    great to see these photos of my home town festival. i used to involve everytime in this festival when i was in nepal. ofcourse my hometown is bode and i know most of the person shown in photos. they are my fren , relatives etc . i m very glad to picture of my favroit festival.thank u so much . hope to see more of nepalese tradition.

  93. ramesh shrestha, bode said,

    April 17, 2008 at 12:23

    thank u for the upload the photos

  94. prajjwal/ktm said,

    January 19, 2010 at 21:24

    i want more information of bode jatra. help me

  95. Dil krishna,Bode Bhaktapur said,

    March 31, 2010 at 07:06

    Thanks a lot to Phalanio.com for publishing the news througt internet all who like different Newari culturs.
    I close friend of Juju Bhai Basan Shrestha who is getting tongue pierced on comming festival 2067/01/02

  96. Suman said,

    April 17, 2010 at 13:40

    Thanks for this picture. So that I can tell my friend from Thailand about this festivals with pictures. But I have still been not able to tell him why this festival is celebrated.. I need to know all the myth associated with this culture. Please, send me email if you know.

    Thank you

  97. krilan khambu said,

    May 29, 2010 at 01:45

    I am so happy to see this jatra.

  98. Rupesh Tha, Bode said,

    September 29, 2010 at 21:52

    I am Very happy to be part of Bode. thank you for the PHALANO.com. BODE is reknown for the tounge picering festival and Nilbharai Naach( a living goddess) performing dances. Any one who need the niformation of bode and these Festival. plz join the Facebook group “With pride & proudly say I am from BODE…live in BODE..my HomeTown is BODE” or join me on facebook

  99. Bode, Kathmandu said,

    January 20, 2011 at 13:53

    thank you phalano.com. My Bode my pride my nation my pride.

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