Posted on Sep 29, 2012 by TravelNews under Culture and Festival

Tags: Indrajatra

Indrajatra, a traditional festival is being observed today worshipping Indra, the God of rainfall and good harvest.
The festival which falls on bhadra shukla chaturdashi as per the Nepali calendar is celebrated especially in Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and Dolakha.The festival is celebrated by both the Hindus and Buddhists. This festival begins after a long wooden pole called "Indradhwojnthan" is erected in front of Hanuman Dhoka, Basantapur in order to propitiate the Lord Indra. It lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing. 

As part of the celebrations, the chariot of Kumari – the Living Goddess is taken through the main streets of Kathmandu with much fanfare. People chant shantipath (peace hymn) in memory of the departed souls, visit temples and enjoy various classical dances like elephant dance, lakhe - a very popular dance of a man with a mask, bhakkku dance, mahakali dance among others during the festival. Numerous other varieties of traditional dances are performed on the occasion of this festival. On the first day of the festival, the President pays homage to Goddess Kumari, Shree Ganesha and Shree Bhairab visiting the Hanuman Dhoka. 

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