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Indra Jatra A Great Festival of Kathmandu Valley

Indra Jatra A Great Festival of Kathmandu Valley Nepalayatimes Indra Jatra A Great Festival of Kathmandu Valley Kathmandu – The eight-day long Indra Jatra festival falls in September and is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley. This also marks the beginning of a month-long festival season of autumn. It begins with the erection of a wooden pole made of pine at Basantapur Square in front of the old Hanuman Dhoka Palace. For the pole-raising ceremony, hundreds of spectators gather at the Palace Square and on the surrounding temples. The chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess, is taken out in a procession through the main streets of Kathmandu. Living Goddess Kumari being carried on a palanquin during the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Masked dancers are known as Lakhay take to the streets almost every evening accompanied by loud drums. The festival commemorates the time when Indra came down from heaven in human form to look for an herb. Each night of Indra Jatra the shrines and ancient palace buildings around Kathmandu Durbar Square are aglow with oil wicks. Each night on the platform in front of the temple of the Living Goddess, there is an enactment depicting the ten earthly incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Living Goddess Kumari takes a peek out of the window of one of the historical sites in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Nepal. In the afternoon of the day before full moon, ecstatic mobs gather near Hanuman Dhoka Palace for the long-awaited Living Goddess’ chariot procession to catch a glimpse of the revered little Newari girl who has been deified as Kumari. The chariot of the Kumari followed by two other smaller chariots carrying a representative of Ganesh and Bhairav is taken to different parts of the old Kathmandu. The festival of Indra Jatra ends with the lowering of the (lingam) pole bearing Indra’s flag amidst religious ceremonies. The information has taken for Nepal Tourism Board READ THESE ALSO . . . . . . . .  Best Trekking Season In Nepal: Visit Nepal Year 2020 Rara National Park: Best Trekking Zone of Nepal Tsum Valley Trekking Known as a Sacred Pilgrimage Valley Mardi Himal Trekking: Right Destination for Festive Holiday Pattale Higher than Everest: Best Himalayan Tours MOST LIKED TREKKING ROUTE Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Nepal Tourism Shey-Phoksundo National Park: A Unique Trans-Himalayan ecosystem Visit Nepal Year 2020: Why should you visit Nepal in 2019? 10 Popular Destinations in Western Part of Nepal Is Nepal Safe To Travel In This Year? POPULAR TREKKING AREAS Dhampus Australian Camp Trek: Glorious Himalayan Viewpoint Trek Kailash Manasarovar, Sacred Place: Don’t Miss to Visit This Year Khaptad National Park: Best Land for Eco-Tourism Sagarmatha National Park: UNESCO World Heritage site of Nepal Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park: Easily Accessible From Kathmandu How can you get Tourist Visa for Nepal? Process is Here 10 Domestic Travel Destinations: Where you can make your trip in this Season

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