Indrajatra Festival at Hanuman Dhoka

Hanuman Dhoka during Indrajatra Festival

Location: Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu Durbar Sqare

Photo clicked on: 2012

Indra Jatra is festival of Lord Indra (Lord of Rain and King of heaven) which is held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Some people believe that Indra Jatra is the thanking day to Lord Indra for providing us the rain while some other people believe that the festival is celebrated in the honor of Bhairab who is Lord Shiva’s manifestation and is believed to destroy evil.

Indra jatra is celebrated every year from the day of Bhadra Dwadashi to Ashwin Krishna Chaturdasi for eight (8) long days. In english calendar it generally falls in September or October.

The main attraction of the festival is the procession of chariots and masked dancers representing deities and demons. Indra is called Yanya in Newari. Jaad (Nepali local liquor) flows from the Bahirab statue, which is remarkable to look at in Hanuman Dhoka. Indra Jatra is a very interesting festival because for the whole week people enjoy various traditional dances and witness the chariot of Goddess Kumari, Lord Ganesh and Lord Bhairav being pulled through the older parts of the Kathmandu city. A day has been added to the original seven days of celebration and on that day known as Nanicha yaa the chariots are pulled through Naradevi, Nhyokha, Ason, Indrachwok and Hanuman Dhoka. This extra day of chariot pulling was introduced by King Jaya Prakash Malla in 1765 B.S.

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