According to the Hindu religion, many centuries earlier, Indra (the King of Heaven)’s mother needed specially scented ﬂowers (Parijat). Indra looked for them but could not ﬁnd in heaven. Indra discovered Parijat ﬂowers in the the garden of Hanuman Dhoka of Kathmandu valley. and tried to steal them for his mother. He was caught and imprisoned by people of Kathmandu. Indra’s mother came searching for him and the people were shocked to know what they had done. They released Indra and dedicated one of the most colorful festivals of Nepal to him to calm down his anger.
This festival lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and jubilation. The chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess along with chariots of Bhairab and Ganesh are taken through the main streets of Kathmandu with much fanfare. Masks and statues representing Vishnu, Bhairab, and Shiva are shown to the public. Various masked dances like Pulu Kishi (elephant dance), Lakhe, Sawa Bhaku and Mahankali dances are performed at various places.
Since that day the Hanuman Dhoka palace looks very unusual; until the ending of the fete different kinds of mask dances from different parts of the valley are demonstrated. Indra is thanked for the rains and assured once again that he is respected in the Kathmandu Valley. If you are wishing to explore such a beautiful festival of Kathmandu valley, then hire a registered tour guide " Ammar Guni" to make your holiday unforgettable. Find the suggested itinerary for your Indra Jatra tour in Nepal.