Few Things To Know About Indra Jatra and Lakhe: Have A Look At What It Signifies.
Indra Jatra, commonly known as Yenya in the local language, is formerly celebrated by King Gunakamadeva after the foundation of the Kathmandu Valley in the 10th century. The biggest street festival of Nepal, Indra Jatra is celebrated in two parts Indra Jatra and Kumari Jatra. Indra Jatra is known for displaying of the dances of divinity and demons known as Lakhes in the name of the king of heaven Indra whereas Kumari Jatra finds its importance by worshipping the living goddess Kumari.
Celebrated by erecting of wooden sacred pole known as Linga (Yamoboddho in Newari) and popular dance of the masked Lakhes. This festival lasts for 8 days with the varieties of foods, music, different types of clothes and dance resembling deities and celebrations all around. It is mostly celebrated by the Newari communities in the streets. This is concluded then by carrying the chariot of Kumari goddess in the streets of Durbar square.
Let’s have a look at what Lakhe Dance signifies:
Lakhe, a display of demon, having a horrifying face, mane of black, red and white hair, who live in the jungle and became a guard of the people in the town later: These days, in fact, are devoted to Indra Jatra by these Lakhes. The mask is made up of papier mache and yak tails for the hairs.
These dances are a part of a fun and act too. During a particular part of the dance, the Lakhe stops at a real junction and market squares to give an execution. A little kid is known as Jhyalincha (झ्यालिंचा) who insults the Lakhe making him pursue him in outrage. Jhyalincha dependably figures out how to slip into the group and break.
You will feel rejuvenated by seeing the power, energy, and devotion of such people. If you get a chance to watch the Lakhe dance, Never miss out the opportunity.