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Kathmandu, Nepal: Indra Jatra, one of the major festivals of the Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings began formally from Friday.
As per the lunar calendar, Indra Jatra festival falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon in the month of Bhadra. This festival lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing.
The festival begins with the erection of a wooden ceremonial pole (lingo) and the fluttering God Indra. The pole used to name as Yambodho in the Newari language.
The festival is observed to celebrate the victory of the gods over the demons to release Jayanta, the son of Lord Indra.
Chariot procession is the major attraction of the Indra Jatra festival as chariot of Kumari and two smaller chariots of Ganesh and Bhairab used to be pulled along the core city areas of the Kathmandu valley.