Filmmakers Dinesh Deokota
and Ramyata Limbu
The 20m-tall 'Red God' chariot travels a 16km route through Nepal each spring.
Last year, its journey began 3 days before the devastating April 25th earthquake.
This year it has been Moti Ratna Bajracharya’s turn to be the chief priest on the chariot that pulls Rato Machendranath, the “Red God”, on a traditional route in Kathmandu.
The earthquake of 25th April destroyed Moti’s house and killed his father and aunt. It also threw the traditional pulling of the chariot into disarray. Moti Ratna, however, is pragmatic about his life after the earthquake. He believes that it is all a part of constant change that happens in our lives. Things get created, they are destroyed and new life arises from the ashes in a constant cycle.
He is reassured and he conveys this reassurance to the devout who consult with him. Natural disasters are nature’s laws he says and not god’s displaying their anger. He urges people to stop worrying and develop inner peace for with peace, one can develop confidence. If one has confidence things come back to being normal and life carries on as before.
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