The Indra Jatra festival was celebrated amidst chariot processions in the capital on Monday.
On the occasion, the chariots of Lord Ganesh and Bhairav, and of living goddess Kumari were taken out at the Durbar Square.
President Ram Baran Yadav observed the festival at Hanuman Dhoka. Also present on the occasion were the Vice-president, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, the Speaker, Heads of Constitutional Bodies and representatives of the diplomatic communities.
Likewise, a large number of local residents and general public had gathered around the Durbar Square premises to observe the festival organized as per age-old traditions to please Indra, the god of heaven and rain.
The eight-day festival kicked off on Saturday by hoisting ‘lingo’ (wooden pole) to resemble the statue of Lord Indra.
Indra Jatra festival falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon in the month of Bhadra as per the lunar calendar. It is celebrated in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley and in Kavre and Dolakha also.
Indra, the Hindu god of rain and good harvest, is worshiped in this festival.
Photos by Dinesh Gole
Taken from Republica
Sava-bhaku masked dancers perform a traditional dance during Indra Jatra festival at Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu
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