President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav offers puja at Basantapur Durbar Square where he witnessed the traditional Indrajatra festival on Sunday, September 14, 2008.
Indra Jatra is one of the major festivals of Nepal celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists. The festival is named after Lord Indra, god of rain and King of Heaven. The festival continues for eight days. The festival starts after a long wooden pole is erected at Basantapur. In the third day, “Kumari” is brought out to public in a procession. This year, President paid the homage to Kumari where ex-kings of Nepal used to do so.
Kumari – The living goddess of Nepal. Kumari is considered to be the reincarnation of goddess taleju.
Kumari – The living goddess of Nepal being taken to the chariot for the procession.
A Nepal Army Officer.
A Nepal Army soldier turns while they stand for the guard of honour.
The crowd gathered to see the festival.