Yenyā – A Festival in Kathmandu.

Indra Jatra festival

Indra Jatra or the “Yenya” is surely one of the highlights of the Kathmandu calendar. Celebrated in honour of the Hindu deity Indra, King of the Heavens. It runs for 8 days from the 24th of September and coincides with Kumari Jatra, a chariot procession for Kumari, the Living Goddess, will pass amidst a huge crowd of spectators devotees and tourists side by side. You can find it being observed in the Durbar Square

Check out this video courtesy of the Nepal Tourism Board

Indra Jatra in Kathmandu Valley

Indra Jatra or the "Yenya" is an exciting festival of Kathmandu celebrated in honor of the Hindu deity Indra, King of the Heavens, during the month of September. The festival coincides with Kumari Jatra, when a chariot procession of Kumari, Ganesh and Bhairav makes way through the streets amidst a huge crowd of spectators consisting mainly of devotees and tourists. "Ye" means Kathmandu and "ya" means celebration.The festival was started by King Gunakamadeva in the 10th century to commemorate the founding of Kathmandu city. Similarly, King Jaya Prakash Malla started the Kumari Jatra in 1756. Legends of the valley relate the beginnings of Indra Jatra to the story of Indra visiting Kathmandu valley to get some "Parijat" flowers for his mother, the Dakini, who needed the flowers to complete an important ritual. When Indra was caught in the act of stealing and imprisoned, the Dakini had to intervene herself. The mother, son duo had to make some important promises to the people of the valley, before they were allowed to go scot free. Among the promises were that, Indra would visit Kathmandu valley every year for seven days and would give Kathmandu enough rains for crops during monsoons, and enough dew for winter harvest.Indra Jatra, which is an eight-day festival can be observed at Kathmandu Durbar Square on Sept. 24. For more information, please visit #VisitNepal2020 #lifetimeexperience #NaturallyNepal #onceisnotenough #NepalNOW #LandofFestivals #Nepal

Posted by Nepal Tourism Board on Sunday, 16 September 2018

King Gunakamadeva started the festival in the 10th century to commemorate the foundation of Kathmandu.

The festival begins with the erection of a pine-wood pole Basantapur Sqaure in front of the old Hanuman Dhoka Palace, when hundreds of spectators are likely gather at the Palace Square as well as at the surrounding temples.

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