Upcoming Festival

Indra Jatra

(23rd September -30th September 2018)

Festivals in Nepal are occasion of enjoyment and celebration. These promote social interaction and harmony and attracts tourist from across the world due to their harmony, variety, color and excitement. Every festival has some traditional or religious significance. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains or the full moon day other than religious occasions with some sort of uniqueness.

Dedicated to lord of rain and king of heaven, Indra Jatra is an eight days fest celebrated as per the lunar calendar. Some believes Indra Jatra is thanking day to lord Indra for the rain. According to others, the festival is celebrated in the honor of Bahirab, who is Shiva's manifestation and is believed to destroy evil. Jatra means procession, it essentially celebrates the descent of Lord Indra from heaven to earth and his return thereof. Procession of chariots and masked dancers representing deities and demons are the major attraction of the festival. The procession consists of

• Majipa Lakhey
• Pulukishi
• Sawan Bhaku
• Ganesh (Chariot)
• Kumar (Chariot)
• Kumari (Chariot)

This week long festival similar to a carnival marks its beginning with erection of The Linga (Yasingh), a 36 Ft. long ceremonial pole, represented by a massive mask spouting Jaad and raksi (Nepali local liquors) and showcasing rare display of the deity Akash Bhairab. It is believed that Lord Indra had received this flag from Lord Vishnu for protection. Finally, possession of Kumari (living goddess) in a palanquin through the streets of Kathmandu depicting an act of thanksgiving to Lord indra leads to the conclusion of it.

In 2018, Indra Jatra will commence on 23rd of September and ends on 30th September. Throughout the festival, each night the shrines and ancient palace buildings around Kathmandu Durbar Square are lightened with oil wicks and there is an enactment depicting the ten earthly incarnations of Lord Vishnu, on the platform in front of the temple of the Living Goddess.

These Festivals bring exuberance, excitement and enthusiasm in the lives of people with music, dance, light and floral decoration across the city. Thousands of people gather every year to celebrate this festival and perform various forms of dances including Sawa Bhakku Bhairav from Halchowk, Majipa Lakhey from Majipat, Devi Nach and Yeravat hathi (Pulukisi) from Naradevi, Mahakali and Kathi Maka Nach from Bhaktapur.