Thursday, July 25, 2024

Significance Of Indra Jatra

On the global stage, Indra Jatra is usually familiar as a Hindu festival. Whereas the living Goddess Kumari is traditionally chosen from a Buddhist Shakya family affiliated with a particular set of Bihar. Today, we’ll look at the significance of Indra Jatra.

Its historical significance in Kathmandu traces back to Lord Indra’s arrival in Mandala (Kathmandu). OR, it is said that the procession of the Living Goddess began by Kathmandu’s last Malla ruler, Jayaprakash Malla. Let us improve our focus and investigate why Indra Jatra occupies such a special place in the hearts of Kathmandu residents.

Legend Of Indra Jatra

According to legend, Lord Indra, the lord of the heavens, took off on the journey to Nepal Mandala, the ancient name for the Kathmandu Valley. His goal was to locate the rare parijat flower to make a pooja for his mother, Vasundhara.

Disguise as a human, Lord Indra entered a garden in Maru Tole and was caught red-handed plucking the precious flowers. The villagers caught him quickly and walked him across the town square with his hands shackled. The entire festival is a retelling of this enthralling story. But it doesn’t stop there. His mother saves Lord Indra, committed to the town’s people. In exchange for her son’s release, she promised them their farms would be filled with rain in the coming winter.

Some experts claim that the origins of Indra Jatra go back even further in time, to the Vedic period. It refers to mentions in the Natyashastra, a valued Sanskrit literature from 200 BCE to 200 CE. This book discusses Indra Jatra and the installation of Ya Sin: a crucial pole raised on Bhadra Shukla Dwadashi to mark the start of the festival.
In the 10th century, Gunakama Deva initiated Indra Jatra and included the mesmerizing Lakhey and Pulu Kishi Pyakhan dances as part of the festival’s celebrations.

He played an important role in creating 12 Bhairav idols, the central figure of which was Akash Bhairav. The act set the geographical boundaries of Kathmandu at the time. It established the long-standing tradition of worshiping Bhairav during the Indra Jatra celebrations.

Significance Of Jatra

The celebration has a deeper cultural importance in Newa society’s traditions of worshiping nature and ancestors. According to the scholar, the celebration aims to honor nature and ancestors.

According to scholars, the Newars had no idea of a deity before coming into contact with Sanskrit-speaking people and their literature. They worshipped their forefathers as magical creatures, so they combined the names Indra and aju, ancestor/grandfather, to get Indra aju, Grandpa Indra.

Aju Dya (Akash Bhairav) means the divine ancestor, the sky god responsible for making seasonal rain. The autumn festival is a Thanksgiving rite in honor of the ancestral sky god. The celebration’s strong link to nature and ancestral veneration in Newa culture is highlighted.

In The End

With its blend of legends and historical relations, Indra Jatra continues to be a tribute to Nepal’s rich cultural legacy, captivating both locals and visitors with its colorful celebrations and enduring customs. The significance of Indra Jatra contributes greatly to Nepali History. Let’s all unite together for this.

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