Indra Jatra

One of the revered festival is Indra Jatra in the Kathmandu valley. It falls in September, on the Bhadra Shukla Chaturdansi of Nepali month. It is an eight-day long festival. Indra Jatra is especially celebrated in three district of Kathmandu valley, Dhulikhel and Dolakha. According to the history the festival was begun to be celebrated in memory of discovering of Kathmandu valley in 10th century by King Gunakamadeva. Later the Malla dynasty, Jaya Prakash Malla started to coincide Kumari Jatra in 18th Century. Indra Jatra is celebrated in the center of Kathmandu, around the Durbar Square. Indra Jatra is replicated by masked dances of deities and demons, it displays of sacred images and tableaus in honor of the deity Indra, the king of heaven. Kumari Jatra is the chariot procession of the living goddess Kumari. Family members deceased in the past year are also remembered.

This is a most exciting and revered festival in Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley.  Masks dancers known as Lakhay, they dance at the street with accompanying drummers. According to Hindu myth Indra is a god of rain and worshipingfor good harvest. On the day of festival the wooden pole is brought from Nala jungle. The jungle is near of Kavre and erected at Hanumandhoka a historic place of Kathmandu. The pole is called Lingo. Lord Bhairav is worshiped on the bottom of the pole. During the festival, chariot procession to Kumari a living goddess and among other deities, cultural song and dance are performed by tableaus.

President of the country among other leaders and dignitaries observe the chariot processions in Basantapur Durbar Square.