Indra Jatra, festival of Rain God, begins in Kathmandu
The eight-day long chariot procession began Wednesday in Kathmandu, marking the beginning of Indra Jatra, the festival of Rain God and fertility, amid President, Vice President and IEC chair observing the festivities.
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President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Paramananda Jha, Interim Election Council chairman Khil Raj Regmi, senior ministers, government officials, distinguished personalities and foreign dignitaries attended a special function organised as part of Indra Jatra.
The programme's main highlight was the chariot procession of Living Goddess Kumari, Ganesh and Bhairav amongst a large crowd of devotees and onlookers.
Indra Jatra is the biggest religious street festival in Kathmandu, which is celebrated by offering prayers to lord Indra along with taking out chariot processions of the living goddess and performing masked dances of deities and demons commonly known as Lakhe Naach, Mahakali Naach, Lusiki Naach, and Dash Avatar.
Ganesh, Bhairav, and Kumari are ferried in separate chariots across the Valley and Linga ( pole) is erected from which the banner of Indra is unfurled at Kathmandu Durbar Square.
The festival is believed to have been started by king Gunakam Dev to commemorate the founding of the city of Kathmandu in the 10th century.
There is a public holiday in Kathmandu Valley to mark the festival. Nepalnews.com