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Indra Jatra: 5th September 2017 Special to Kathmandu Valley

Come to the exciting feast of masked dancers, living goddess Kumari and endless dances and lights

Both Hindus and Buddhists in Kathmandu Valley celebrate this festival. It is the most popular and revered celebration by the Newari community of Kathmandu Valley. The festival is named after Lord Indra who is known as the god of rain and also as the king of heaven .

This festival  also marks the beginning of a month-long festival season of autumn. This is an eight day long festival and it begins with the erection of wooden pole which is made of pine wood at Kathmandu Durbar Square, in front of Hanuman Dhoka. During the erection, lots of masked dancers and rituals are performed.

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 various deities like Kumari, Ganesha and Bhairav are toured around the city for three consecutive days.

The excitement of the festival of Indra Jatra comes to its conclusion with when the long pole which was erected on the first day gets lowered while conducting various ceremonies, rituals and animal sacrifices.

The streets are buzzing with life, colours and wonderful mask dances.If you happen to be in Kathmandu at this time, don't miss this wonderful treat!