Indra Jatra ..... Kathmandu ~ Hanuman Dhoka Palace
Indra Jatra began being celebrated when the King Gunakamadeva decided to commemorate the founding of the city of Kathmandu in the 10th century. The festival starts with Yosin Thanegu, the erection of Yosin or Linga, a pole from which the banner of Indra is unfurled. A tree shorn of its branches and stripped of its bark, is obtained from a forest near N?l?, a small town 29 km to the east of Kathmandu. It is dragged in stages to Durbar Square by men pulling on ropes and erected marking the start of Indra Jatra, also known as Yenya in the Newari language which represents the biggest religious street festival in the capital of Nepal - Kathmandu. The Newari name, Yenya literally tanslates to Kathmandu festival.
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