and Buddhists, both communities come together to celebrate the festival of
Indra Jatra. Indra Jatra is a delightful festival of classical dances.
Numerous varieties of traditional dances can be observed on the occasion
this festival. Name of the festival goes after Lord Indra who is the god of
rain and also as the king of heaven according to Hindu mythology.
|Reason of Celebration
||To appease Hindu god Indra
|Period of Celebration
||Classical and masked dances perfomed
||Procession of Living Goddess Mahakali and Mahalaxmi with Dasha
Given below is information regarding what rituals take place on each of the
A long wooden pole is placed in front of the Royal Palace at Hanuman
Dhoka, in order to propitiate Lord Indra. Classical dancers also gather at
the spot, wearing different kinds of traditional attires. They dance around
the courtyard of Hanuman Dhoka to celebrate God Indra's arrival.
On the third day of the festival of Indra Jatra, the living goddess Kumari
ventures out in a chariot in the procession. Kumari, is said to be an
incarnation of the goddess Taleju. Chariots of Kumari, Ganesha and Bhairav
move around the city for three days. According to Hindu faith Ganesha is the
son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is believed has the head of an
elephant. Bhairav is one of the forms of Lord Shiva.
The King of Nepal, the only Hindu monarch in the world, also pays homage to
the Kumari during this period. Intriguing dances are staged in Kathmandu
Durbar Square, in the neighborhood of the Kumari Temple. 'Dasha Avataras'
are also enacted by the artists. The 'Dasha Avataras' refer to the ten
incarnations of Hindu Lord Vishnu who is one of the Hindus' Holy trinity,
the supreme powers.