The people of Kathmandu valley celebrated the 250th Indra Jatra this year. Indra Jatra is one of the important Jatra (festival) celebrated in Kathmandu Valley. However, like most festivals of Nepal, both Hindus and Buddhist unite to celebrate the festival of Indra Jatra. The living Goddess Kumari is taken out in a procession in a chariot. King of Nepal pay a visit to Kumari on the first and last day of this festival. This festival is celebrated for 1 week, couple of weeks before the biggest hindu festival Dashain.
This years is with the political change in Nepal, the king was not allowed to visit the jatra, instead the head of state Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Paid the visit to the Jatra though on the last day King gave a suprise visit to Kumari Ghaar.On this festival, we can observe Lakhe Dance also, the traditional dance of the valley. The new raod area, Basantapur and indra chowk area gets crowded at the time of indra Jatra with lots of hindu and Buddhist devotee pays a visit to the temples surrounding this area and to see the pulling of chariot of goddess Kumari, Ganesh and Bhairav.
Kumari Ghar (Kumari House)
Basantapur Durbar Square at night
Taleju Bhawani (behind temple)
People Playing Traditional Music before a chariot
Akash Bhairav Bhajan Mandali
Gurkha army with their traditional Black dress
Showing of the 10 Avatars of Lord Vishnu