Festival Schedule 13th Sep -21 Sep 2016
Indra Jatra is named after King of God ‘Indra’, who is also the god of rain. All Hindus and Buddhist celebrate Indra Jatra to thank God Indra for his kindness. The festival lasts for eight days.
On the third day of the festival of Indra Jatra, the living goddess Kumari is taken out in a procession in a chariot. “Kumari”, the “living goddess”, is considered to be an incarnation of the goddess “Taleju”. Chariots of Kumari, Ganesha and Bhairav are taken around the city for three days.
The festival dedicated to Indra, the god of rain and king of heaven, is celebrated for eight days. During the celebrations, Lakhe dances are performed on the streets of Kathmandu. The dance is one of the most popular dances of Nepal with performers wearing Lakhe costume and masks.
At first, Indra jatra festival was celebrated and observed by only Newar community, but now it has become a national festival. Both Hindu and Buddhist communities come together to celebrate this.
The festival of Indra Jatra is intimately linked to the harvest season as devotees give thanks to Indra for rains and good crops. This is one of Nepal's most vibrant festivals, marked by processions of masked dancers in the capital, Kathmandu. The celebrations usually last for eight days and the festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists.