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Indra Jatra


Date: Sep 5,2017
Category : Festivals and Celebrations
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It is believed that many centuries ago, Indra (King of Heaven)’s mother needed specially scented flowers (Parijat). Indra looked for them but could not find in heaven. Indra discovered Parijat flowers in the Kathmandu Valley and tried to steal them for his mother. He was caught and imprisoned by people in the Valley.  Indra’s mother came searching for him and the people were shocked to know what they had done. They released Indra and dedicated one of the most colorful festivals of Nepal to him to calm down his anger.

This festival lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and jubilation. The chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess along with chariots of Bhairab and Ganesh are taken through the main streets of Kathmandu with much fanfare.

Masks and statues representi ng Vishnu, Bhairab, and Shiva are shown to the public. Various masked dances like Pulu Kishi (elephant dance), Lakhe, Sawa Bhaku and Mahankali dances are performed at various places.

Indra is thanked for the rains and assured once again that he is respected in the Kathmandu Valley.

Indra Jatra festival falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon in the month of Bhadra as per the lunar calendar. It is celebrated in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley and in Kavre and Dolakha also. Indra, the Hindu god of rain and good harvest, is worshipped in this festival.The festival is celebrated by both the Hindus and Buddhists.

Places to observe:
Kathmandu
 

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