Kathmandu, Sept 13: President Bidya Devi Bhandari observed the Indrajatra, a historic and cultural festival, visiting the Hanuman Dhoka premises on Friday afternoon. She offered dakshina on the chariots of Lord Ganesh, Shree Bhairav and Shree Kumari.
The chariot procession was begun after the President offered daskhina and allowed for the procession. President Bhandri, as the Head of the State, observed the chariot processions of Shree Kumari, Shree Ganesh and Shree Bhairav and received prasad as well.
Bhadra Shukla Chaturdansi of Nepali month, Bhadra, is the important day of the eight-day long festival. A wooden pole was erected with the flag which is called’ Indradhwojottolan’.
Different cultural dances as Bhakkunach, Mahakalinach, Lakhenach, Dasavatarnach and Pulukisinach were performed in the city while the holy wooden pole was raised upright.
Lord Bhairav is worshipped at the bottom of the pole. The Indrajatra festival is taken as the celebration after conquering the enemies. It is believed that worship of Lord Indra gives one strength.
The chariot profession would be organized even in the nearby community on Friday itself, said Chief of Guthi Sansthan in Kathmandu, Shailendra Poudel.
Earlier, the wooden pole was brought by performing tantric acts from a jungle of Nala in nearby Kavre district. It was made holy with various rituals at Bhotahiti, Kathmandu.