In pictures: Nepal marks Bisket Jatra festival

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A devotee holds on to the ropes tied to the chariot of God Bhairab during the Biska Festival also known as Bisket festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

A devotee holds on to the ropes tied to the chariot of God Bhairab during the Biska Festival also known as Bisket festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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People throng the Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur to celebrate the 9 days long festival. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

People throng the Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur to celebrate the 9 days long festival. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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During the celebrations, a three-storey wooden chariot carrying the revered idol of Bhairab is pulled through the narrow streets by local men, before a huge tree trunk is erected – representing the union of man and woman. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

During the celebrations, a three-storey wooden chariot carrying the revered idol of Bhairab is pulled through the narrow streets by local men, before a huge tree trunk is erected – representing the union of man and woman. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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Bisket Jatra festival is celebrated in the month of April on the 1st day of Nepali month Baisakh. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

Bisket Jatra festival is celebrated in the month of April on the 1st day of Nepali month Baisakh. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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An artist paints on the giant wheel of the chariot of God Bhairab. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

An artist paints on the giant wheel of the chariot of God Bhairab. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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Ropes tied on the chariot of God Bhairab lie on the ground. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

Ropes tied on the chariot of God Bhairab lie on the ground. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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Devotees carry the idol of God Bhairab towards the chariot. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

Devotees carry the idol of God Bhairab towards the chariot. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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The religious festival – which marks the year 2071 in the Bikram calendar - also sees locals sacrificing chickens for a statue of god-figure Lingam. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

The religious festival – which marks the year 2071 in the Bikram calendar - also sees locals sacrificing chickens for a statue of god-figure Lingam. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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Nepalese Hindu devotees carry a statue of the Hindu god Bhairav. (Prakash Mathema/AFP)

Nepalese Hindu devotees carry a statue of the Hindu god Bhairav. (Prakash Mathema/AFP)

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Bhaktapur is one of three ancient settlements in the Kathmandu Valley, the other two being Kathmandu, the country’s capital, and Patan. (Prakash Mathema/AFP)

Bhaktapur is one of three ancient settlements in the Kathmandu Valley, the other two being Kathmandu, the country’s capital, and Patan. (Prakash Mathema/AFP)

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Nepalese Hindu devotees push a wooden chariot through the crowd during the festival. (Prakash Mathema/AFP)

Nepalese Hindu devotees push a wooden chariot through the crowd during the festival. (Prakash Mathema/AFP)

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