Rain god worshipped in Nepal's Indra Yatra
Published : Sep 6, 2017, 12:45 pm IST
Updated : Jul 6, 2019, 3:32 pm IST
Indra Jatra is known traditionally as Yanya Punhi which is Newari (the original settlers of the Kathmandu Valley) for “Kathmandu festival”. It’s also known as kumari Jatra. So in truth it’s about two to three celebrations all made into one. (Photo: AP)
Nepalese devotees play traditional instruments during Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Indra is the hindu lord of rain and god of heaven. While the word jatra means procession or festival. History also tells a tale that the festival was to honor Bhairab, a manifestation of Shiva, who is believed to destroy evil.
A traditional mask dancer, known as Lakhe, gets dressed for the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu. The festival usually kicks off at 1pm at Kathmandu Durbar Square with several groups of tribal and local musicians arriving into the main area. The music is heavy on cymbals and drums. (Photo: AP)
Nepalese dressed as various deities watch a living goddess Kumari being carried to a chariot during Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu (Photo: AP)
A traditional mask dancer, known as Lakhe, performs during Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu. People dressed as demons enter the square and reenact mythical fights between the creatures. (Photo: AP)
Nepalese devotees dressed as various deities and demon perform during Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu. Indra Jatra is a yearly festival on the day of the Bhadra Dwadasi to Ashwin Krishna Chaturdasi. (Photo: AP)
A devotee carries a living goddess locally known as Kumari, center, to a chariot during Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Indra is considered the Hindu god of rain and the festival marks the end of the rainy season. (Photo: AP)
A Nepalese girl dressed as living goddess Kumari waits for Kumari Puja (Photo: AP)