Indra Jatra

Indra Jatra

Indra Jatra the festival of chariot procession and the living Goddess is one of the most exciting festivals of the Newar community. It is an eight days long festival with masked dances, religious ceremonies, foods and drink which falls on 13th September and also the official beginning of autumn. Lakhay dancers (masked) take to the streets every evening accompanied by locals with loud drums. A wooden pole made of pine is erected at Basantapur in front of the Hanuman Dokha Palace marking the start of the festival.

This festival celebrates the time Indra comes to Earth in the form of a human in search for a herb. Each night infront of the temple of Living Goddess, there is an act showing the earthly incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Directly facing his temple at Indra Chowk, the large image of Akash Bhairab’s head is put on display out in the open. Three chariots of the Kumari followed by Ganesh and Bhairav is taken to different parts narrow alleys of Kathmandu where people gather to watch and pay homage.

Newari communities of Nepal have different festivals like these unique to others like Mha puja.

 

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