Indra Jatra is a tradtional holiday celebrated in Nepal. However, it is also celebrated in the state of Sikkim. This festival holds significance as it pays homage to Lord Indra and his mother so that the harvest season is blessed by them.
Indra Jatra is celebrated on the 15th day of Yenla, which is the 11th month in the Nepalese calendar. It is an eight-day long event where the farmers pay homage to Lord Indra and his mother Dagini and pray for their harvest season to be blessed.
In the Hindu Mythology, Lord Indra is considered as God of Rain and hence many people pray to him with the hopes that there will be subsequent rainfall which would help them reap healthy rewards.
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Indra Jatra 2021
|22 August 2021||Sunday||Sikkim|
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Legend behind the story
According to the legend, Dagini had sent Indra to the Kathmandu Valley to get a flower which she wanted to use for a ritual. Indra was caught picking the flowers and was accused of stealing. It was then Dagini who came down to Earth and revealed Indra to be her son. Following his release, Dagini thanked the people and said that their crops will have dew every morning and people who had died in the previous year will be sent to heaven.
As per the traditions of this festival, two young girls around the age of 3 years are selected as living embodiments of goddesses. They are carried around as their feet are not to touch the ground. They stop to be considered goddesses when they hit puberty.
The young girls during the celebration are accompanied by two young boys who play the role of Lord Ganesha and Lord Bhairab. A huge procession is taken out which stops in front of 12 feet long Bhairab statue.
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When to celebrate Indra Jatra
The festival will be celebrated on 22 August 2021 in both Nepal and India.