The Dwarika’s Group of Hotels and Resorts is delighted to invite you and your family to our 8th Annual “Indra Jatra” Celebration at the Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu on 13th September, 2019. Join us as we celebrate this revered festival with an exact replication of the original celebration at the Basantapur Durbar Square.
8th ANNUAL INDRA JATRA CELEBRATION AT THE DWARIKAS HOTEL
How Indra Jatra is celebrated in Kathmandu
Named after Lord Indra, the God of Rain and the King of Heaven, Indra Jatra is celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotion by both Hindus and Buddhists in the Kathmandu Valley. The festival is celebrated for eight days by singing, dancing, feasting and rejoicing. As part of the celebration, the chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess, is carried through Kathmandu Durbar Square and the main streets of Kathmandu. People throng excitedly to see the chariot, and to watch the ritual dances that are performed during this period – featuring masked demons, gods and goddesses. Kathmandu Valley’s famous Lakhey Dance is also performed during this celebration. During Indra Jatra, it is customary for the Head of State and other leaders to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square to obtain the blessings of the Kumari.
Celebrating Indra Jatra Festival at Dwarika’s
At Dwarika’s we believe in preserving and sharing the cultural heritage of Nepal. This year, we would like to welcome you to celebrate this historic and enchanting festival of Indra Jatra with us on Friday, 13th September 2019 at the Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu.
The only living goddess in the world, Goddess Kumari is featured throughout the entire celebrations. Guests can witness Kumari seated regally in our courtyard as she observes the series of performances, replicated exactly from the original Indra Jatra celebration in Basantapur Durbar Square.
A lavish assortment of the famous Samay Baji will be on display, which in itself is a major attraction of the evening. Furthermore, the Kumari chariot procession is followed by the performance of masked dances of deities and demons commonly known as Lakhe Dance, Kumari Dance, Bajrayogini and Bhairab-Kali Dances. Also, celebrating this unique and significant festival amidst the 13th -18th century architecture at the Dwarika’s, you will find yourself travelled back to ancient Kathmandu.
-Dhimey (The dance is popular in the Newar community of Kathmandu Valley. This has been named after the accompanying musical instrument named in the Newari language)
-Kumari Dance (Kumari dance is dedicated to living Goddess "Kumari". This is one of the ancient classical dances of Nepal )
-Lakhe Dance (Lakhey Dance is one of the most popular dances of Nepal. Performers wearing a Lakhey costume and mask perform dances on the streets and city squares during festivals)
-Bajrayogini (In this dance symbolic movements of hands is skillfully timed with general body movements and facial expressions)
-Bhairab-Kali (This is one of the classical dances of Nepal, popular in the Kathmandu Valley where it has originated)
-Pulu Kisi ( Pulu Kisi is believed to be the carrier of Lord Indra )
The music and dance performances will begin by 6:30 pm and continue until around 9 pm moving around the courtyard and poolside areas. A lavish traditional buffet will be served, along with free-flowing traditional alcoholic drinks. Join us for an evening you will never forget.
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