Indra Jatra is one of the most important and popular festivals in Nepal. It is an eight-day festival that is celebrated in Kathmandu and other parts of the Kathmandu Valley. The festival is dedicated to Lord Indra, the god of rain and thunder. Indra Jatra is a time for celebration and feasting. People from all walks of life come together to enjoy the festivities.
When is Indra Jatra celebrated in Nepal?
17 September 2024
Who introduced Indra Jatra?
Indra Jatra is said to have been introduced by King Gunakamadeva in the 10th century. He introduced the festival to celebrate the founding of Kathmandu.
Indra Jatra in Nepali (Newari)
Indra Jatra is called Yenya in the Nepali language.
There is a legend that says that Lord Indra came down to earth in the form of a human being to steal flowers from Kathmandu. He was caught and punished by the people of Kathmandu. However, he was eventually forgiven and released. The Indra Jatra festival is said to commemorate this event. It is a time to celebrate the relationship between humans and gods.
Hanuman Dhoka, or Kathmandu Durbar Square, is the place to see the Indra Jatra Festival.
Drinking homemade alcohol from the mouth of Deity Swet Bhairav as a blessing during the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu is another big highlight. If you are looking for portraits, mask dances, and street photography, then this is one of the best times to visit Nepal.