Indra Jatra, known as the biggest festival of the Kathmandu Valley, formally began on Friday with the erection of a wooden ceremonial pole (lingo) and the fluttering of a flag named after the Hindu God Indra at Hanumandhoka.
Hindu women across the country are observing the Rishipanchami festival on Friday as per the rituals. The festival, the concluding day of the Teej, is observed on the fifth day of bright half moon of the month of Bhadra.
The traditional festival of Gaijatra or the 'cow festival' was observed amidst fanfare and humour in three cities of Kathmandu Valley and some other places in the country. The festival, observed by people from Newar community, started from Monday and will last for a week.