Nepal marked the beginning of the week-long celebration of the biggest Newari festival Indra Jatra in Kathmandu on September 10, 2019.
The sacred Indradhoj Lingo (wooden pole) was installed at 9:17 AM NPT in front of the Kaal Bharav statue at the Hanumandhoka in Basantpur Darbar Square.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor, Bidhya Sundar Shakya and provincial lawmakers from Kathmandu attended the cultural event.
During the festivities dedicated to Indra – the Rain God and the King of Heaven, devotees conduct a chariot procession of Kumari – Nepal’s living goddess alongside the statutes of Lord Bhairav and Lord Ganesh around Basantpur.
The attraction of Indra Jatra festival include street dances such as Lakhey and Pulu Kisi, where participants wear masks of deities.
Indra Jatra festival celebrations continues on second day with the devout worshipping Devraj Indra.
In view of the celebrations, the State Government has announced a public holiday in Kathmandu Valley.
Today, the President Bidya Devi Bhandari observed the chariot processions of Goddess Kumari (the living goddess), Lord Ganesh and Lord Bhairav at Hanumandhoka.
The President worshipped the Living Goddess as part of festival customaries.