Indra Jatra is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal, particularly in the Kathmandu Valley. The festival is dedicated to Indra, the god of rain and the king of heaven in Hindu mythology.
The festival is celebrated for eight days in the month of Bhadra (August/September). The first day of the festival is called Ghanta Karna, during which a large wooden pole called Linga is erected in the center of the city. The pole is adorned with colorful flags and represents the spirit of Indra.
The second day is called Nawa Devi, during which nine goddesses, who are believed to protect the city, are worshipped. The third day is called the Kumari Jatra, during which the living goddess Kumari is carried in a procession through the streets.
The fourth day is called Indra Jatra, during which the chariot of the god Indra is pulled through the streets of Kathmandu. People dress in colorful costumes, wear masks, and dance to traditional music during the procession. The festival culminates with the lowering of the Linga pole on the final day.
Indra Jatra is a celebration of Nepal’s rich cultural heritage and traditions. It is a time for people to come together, dance, and celebrate the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of the harvest season. The festival is also a time for reflection and gratitude, as people give thanks for the rain and the blessings of the gods.