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Indra Jatra being observed today

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KATHMANDU — The traditional annual festival of Indrajatra is being observed today by worshipping the Devraj Indra, the God of rains and good harvest.

The eight-day long festival is celebrated especially in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley, and Dhulikhel and Dolakha. The annual traditional festival begins on the Bhadra Shukla Chaturdansi of Nepali month, Bhadra.

A sacred wooden pole called Lingo with flags on its top is erected at Hanuman Dhoka, the historic place of Nepal, on the day the festival begins. During the festival, chariot processions and typical cultural songs and dances are performed.

The erected pole with flag is called ‘Indradhwojotthan’. On the bottom of the pole, Lord Bhairav is worshipped. The Indrajatra festival is taken as the celebration after conquering the enemies. It is believed that worship of Lord Indra gives one strength.

The wooden pole is brought by performing tantric acts from a jungle of Nala in nearby Kavre district. The pole is made holy with various rituals at Bhotahiti, Kathmandu.

When the pole is erected, different cultural dances as Bhakkunach, Mahakalinach, Lakhenach, Dasavatarnach and Pulukisinach are performed in the city.

Today, the Head of the State, the President, observes the chariot processions of Shree Kumari, Shree Ganesh and Shree Bhairav at historic Hanumandhoka.

Kumari is worshiped as the Living Goddess by the President on the occasion, and prasad received.

The government has also announced a public holiday today in Kathmandu valley.

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4 held with illegal pharmaceutical drugs

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SUNSARI — Police have arrested four people in possession of illegal pharmaceutical drugs at Dharan on Sunday.

Albert Gurung and Anish Tamang of Munal Chowk in Dharan-10, Nawaraj Gurung of Dharan-15 and Arun Chaudhary of Khanar in Itahari-11 were arrested on charge of smuggling and selling the illegal pharmaceutical drugs, according to the police.

The police arrested the accused during a routine check at Dharan-based Tinkune checkpost. The police have also recovered 630 ampules of nitrazepam, 140 ampules of nitrasone and seven bottles of dilex from the detainees.

The arrestees have been kept under the police custody for further investigation.

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