Seto (White) Bhairab

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Kathmandu , Nepal
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Seto (White) Bhairab’s horrible face is hidden away behind a grille opposite King Pratap Malla’s Column. The huge mask dates from 1794, during the reign of Rana Bahadur Shah, the third Shah-dynasty king. Each September during the Indra Jatra festival the gates are opened to reveal the mask for a few days. At that time the face is covered in flowers and rice; at the start of the festivities beer is poured through the horrific mouth as crowds of men fight to get a drink of the blessed brew. At other times of the year you can peek through the lattice to see the mask, which is used as the symbol of Nepal Airlines.