KATHMANDU, Sept 29: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav observed the Indrajatra Festival on Saturday at local Hanumandhoka.
On the occasion, the President also observed the chariot processions of Shree Kumari, Shree Ganesh and Shree Bhairav. Shree Kumari is known as the living goddess.
Locals also performed the traditional Lakhe dance while a contingent of the Gurujuko Paltan presented a march-past around the festival venue on the occasion. Gurujuko Paltan is the army platoon responsible for the management of traditional cultural and religious festivals.
General public as well as foreign tourists thronged Hanumandhoka to observe the festival. Seats had been kept for the foreign tourists for their convenience.
The people including tourists were busy clicking photos of the event. Indrajatra is an important festival of the Kathmandu people
Indrajatra is celebrated every year on the fourth day of the waxing moon in the Nepali month of Bhadau as per the lunar calendar. The festival begins with the installation of a wooden pole in front of Hanumandhoka amidst the religious rituals.
Vice President Parmananda Jha, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai, Chief Justice Khilaraj Regmi, Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar, Finance Minister Barshaman Pun and high-ranking government officials including the chiefs of the security bodies also attended the Indrajatra ceremony.
Also present on the occasion were the heads and representatives of the diplomatic missions based in Kathmandu.