CoAS Sharma builds three Rudrayani entrances in Jhamsikhel

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By A Staff Reporter,Kathmandu, May 29: After Nepal became a republic, the activities of the Nepal Army have changed over time. The Nepal Army has contributed to the development and promotion of local languages, musical instruments and various indigenous cultures. 

Recently, the Nepal Army built three ‘Shree Rudrayani Gates’ at Jhamsikhel near the residence of the Chief of Army Staff. Major Purna Prajapati of Shree Shardul Jung Company said that during the ‘Sikali Ajima’ (Rudrayani Devi) Jatra, held every 12 years,  walls had to be demolished for the procession of the Jatra which passes from Khokana in Lalitpur to Hanumandhoka Kathmandu.

 Major Prajapati said that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Prabhu Ram Sharma has built the three entrance gates near his house to facilitate the festival procession.

COAS Sharma observed the traditional dance in Khokana on May 22, performed Puja on May 19, and bid farewell to the Devgans (God’s People) as they returned to Khokana from Hanumandhoka.  Lalitpur Metropolitan City Ward 21 chairman, Rabindra Maharjan, said that the Rudrayani Devi Jatra that began on September 2, last year still continues.

 The festival is celebrated at Pachali Bhairawa, Sidhakali Temple of Old Khokana, Jalbinayak, Mahalaxmi, Aakash Bhairav, and many other religious temples. Devgans (God’s people) such as Kali, Vishnu, Bhairav, Rudrayani, Ganesh, Hanuman, Kumar, Bharma, Indrayani, Mahakali, Kumari, and Barahi participate in the Sikali Jatra. The Sikali Jatra will formally conclude in August this year. 

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