City observes IndraJatra festival

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

Sep 25, 2018-

People all over the country on Monday took part in traditional ceremonies while observing Indrajatra festival including worshipping Devraj Indra, the god of rain and good harvest.

This festival is celebrated by people, especially from the districts of Kathmandu Valley, Dhulikhel and Dolakha, with great enthusiasm and religious fervour.

The annual eight-day-long festival begins on the Bhadra Shukla Chaturdasi of Nepali month, Bhadra.

On the first day of the festival, a sacred wooden pole called Lingo with flags on its top is erected at Hanuman Dhoka, the historic place of Nepal. The erected pole with flag is called ‘Indradhwojotthan’. At the bottom of the pole, Lord Bhairav is worshipped.

Volunteers carry the long wooden pole, from the jungle of Nala in nearby Kavre district, performing tantric acts on the way. The pole is made holy with various rituals at Bhotahiti, Kathmandu.

When the pole is erected, various groups perform different cultural dances as Bhakkunach, Mahakalinach, Lakhenach, Dasavatarnach and Pulukisinach in the city. The feature events of the festival are chariot processions, cultural songs and dances.The festival is observed as a celebration after conquering enemies. It is believed that worshipping Lord Indra gives one strength.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari observed the chariot processions of Shree Kumari, Shree Ganesh and Shree Bhairav at the historic Hanumandhoka. Kumari is worshipped as the Living Goddess.

- President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Prime Minister Ishwor Pokhrel, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timalsina observe the procession at Basantapur.

-Pulu Kishi joins in the procession.

-Majipa Lakhey performs a ritual dance during the festival.

-Sawa Bhaku performs during the festival at Basantapur.

Living Goddess Kumari is carried on to the chariot for the procession.  

Published: 25-09-2018 07:49

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