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Indra Jatra Festival

Like Gaijatra, Indra Jatra Festival signals a week of religious and cultural festivities in Kathmandu. There are several foci of interest. On the morning when this festival begins, members of families in which a death has occurred within the past year go around the town limits, burning incense and placing oil lamps along the route. The following day a tall wooden throne representing the throne of god Indra, the King of Gods, is raised in front of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Wooden statues of Indra and large wooden masks of Bhairav get on display in the old bazaar, at Indra Chowk, in Basantapur.

Several religious dances, including the Devinach (Dance of goddess), Majipat Lakhe (Lakhe masked dance), Bhairav and Bhakku and Mahakali Nach (also mask dances), get performed back to life. The week also witnesses chariots drawn of Ganesh, Bhairav and the Living Goddess Kumari through Kathmandu. The head of state comes to pay homage to Kumari just before the chariot-pulling start.

For further detail, if you wish us to organize a guided trip to enjoy the festive environment, please, let us know at annatreks@gmail.com. Please, detail your interest and available time, and we will tailor an accurate plan for a lovely trip to the Himalayas.

Several religious dances including the Devinach (Dance of goddess), Majipat Lakhe (Lakhe masked dance), Bhairav and Bhakku, and Mahakali Nach (also mask dances) gets performed back to life”