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22nd September 2010. Indra Jatra, which is regarded as the festival to worship God of rain Indra, was celebrated in Kathmandu valley and some nearby districts, Wednesday. Marked as a public holiday in the valley, the main attraction of the festival is the procession of chariots and masked dancers representing deities and demons. Celebrations are also marked by rare display of the deity Aakash Bhairab and Ganesh.
The celebration starts with a ceremonial pole Yosin, accompanied by thousands of locals, especially from Newar community, displaying portraits and images of Indra, Ganesh and Bhairab to offer their worship, and also represented by spouting of liquor, massively, to the masses. The Kumari, regarded as virgin Goddess, finally leaves the seclusion of her temple in a well-decorated palanquin to lead the procession that moves along streets before returning back to Basantapur.