Indra Jatra kicks off in the valley

KATHMANDU: Indra Jatra, the festival celebrated in Kathmandu valley carrying religious and cultural importance, has kicked off today.

The festival falls on the fourth day of the waning moon in the month of Bhadra as per lunar calendar. It is celebrated in the three districts of Kathmandu Valley, along with Kavre and Dolakha. King of Gods Indra, also the God of rain and good harvest, is worshipped in this festival.

Marking the occasion, small wooden poles called 'lingo' are raised to resemble the statue of Lord Indra in different areas. The pole thus raised is named 'Yambodho' in Newari language.

The Yambodho has been raised as per religious rituals at various places.

According to legends, the Indra Jatra festival is observed to celebrate the victory of gods over demons to release Jayanta, the son of Lord Indra. This festival lasts for eight days and is marked with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing.