KATHMANDU, Sept 14: Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal’s capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing.
Indrajatra is one of the most remarkable festivals of Kathmandu. The significance of this carnival lies in its famous masked dances, folk drama, and chariot processions. Living goddess Kumari is brought out during the festival from her abode in a beautifully decorated chariot. This event occurs only once a year, during this festival. The head of state and the head government also receive blessings from the deity, considered to be an embodiment of Taleju Bhawani. Lord Bhairav and Ganesha, along with Kumari are charioted across the city.
KATHMANDU, Sept 5: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday paid homage to living Goddess Kumari at Basantapur Durbar square on the occasion of 'Indrajatra' festival. She also offered worship and offerings to Lord Ganesh and Bhairav, and received prasad from the priest.