President Paudel observes Indra Jatra festival


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Kathmandu, Sept 28: President Ram Chandra Paudel observed the Indrajatra festival in the federal capital on Thursday.     

On the occasion of the age-old cultural and historic festival, President Paudel reached the Gaddibaithak, Hanumandhoka from Juddha Salik on foot and graced the Jatra, according to the President's press advisor Kiran Pokhrel.     

Other dignitaries as Vice President Ramsahay Prasad Yadav, Chief Justice Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Speaker Devraj Ghimire, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Prasad Timalsina, ministers, lawmakers, Province Assembly members, people's representatives from local levels also reached the Gaddhibaithak to view the Jatra.     

On the occasion, President Paudel offered prayers to Lord Ganesh, Bhairav and Kumari which were brought there by towing the chariots.     

Thursday is the major celebration day of Indra Jatra, which began after performing cultural rituals on Tuesday in line with the lunar calendar.     

The chariot pulling will be held in the southern Tole today, while in the northern thoroughfare will have the chariot process on Friday, according to Guthi Sansthan, Kathmandu.     

It is believed that the Indrajatra festival began during the reign of King Pratap Malla.     

Indra, the God of rains and good harvest is worshipped today. (RSS)   

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