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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Yanya Punhi(Indra Jatra)

Yanyā Punhi (Devnagari: ञेया पुन्ही, Sanskrit: Indra Jatra) is a festival celebrated in Kathmandu, Nepal. The main attraction of the festival is the procession of chariots and masked dancers representing deities and demons.

Yanyā Punhi (Indra Jatra) is a holiday related to Hindu god king of heaven, Indra. The festival begins with the carnival-like erection of Yosin, a ceremonial pole, accompanied by the rare display of the deity Aakash Bhairab, represented by a massive mask spouting beer and liquor. Households throughout Kathmandu display images and sculptures of Indra and Bhairab only at this time of year. Finally, the Kumari, or virgin goddess (living goddess), leaves the seclusion of her temple in a palanquin and leads a procession through the streets of Kathmandu to thank Indra the rain god.

Majipa Lakhey
Majipa Lakhey (Lakhey Aaju, Devnagari: मजिपा लाखे, लाखे आजु) is a special Lakhey. He is also known as the peaceful Bhairav. The dance of this lakhey takes place only in the week of full moon of Yenlaa month of Nepal Sambat. This lakhey is considered to be the protector of the children in Kathmandu.

The Newar dances can be classified as

Traditional Masked dances
Lakhay dance (the most popular one is Majipa Lakhey dance performed by Ranjitkars of Kathmandu),
Astamatrika dance
Navadurga dance
Pulukisi dance (elephant dance),
Folk Dances
Jyapu dance,
Kumar pyakhan,
Daitya pyakhan,
Tekanpur dance
Ritual Dances
Charya dance (the most eminent Charya dancer is Master Prajwal Vajracharya currently running his former Nepali institute Dance Mandal in Portland, Oregon, USA)

Hotel in Nepal
Nepal Photo
Teaching in Nepal
Kathmandu Nepal


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