Janai Purnima Festival

Religious in Patan

Thousands of pilgrims visit the Kumbeshwar Temple in July/August, as members of the Brahmin and Chhetri castes replace the sacred thread they wear looped over their left shoulder. A silver-and-gold lingam is set up in the tank and devotees take a ritual bath while jhankri (faith healers) in colourful headdresses dance around the temple beating drums.