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Indra Jatra Festival in Nepal

Indra Jatra is an 8-day festival observed in the Bhadra Month. The most important date is the Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi – the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra Month. In 2024, Indra Jatra important date is on September 15.

The festival begins on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwadasi with the hoisting of ling (a wooden pole) which symbolically represents Indra, the king of Devas (celestial beings).

The festival is widely observed in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley and in Kavre and Dolakha.

During the festival, murtis of Ganesh and Bhairav along with living goddess Kumari are taken around the streets in chariot.

The festival is mainly observed for abundant rains and good harvest.