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Godhe Jatra observed with gusto (in pics)

05 April 2019  

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KATHMANDU: Ghode Jatra is being celebrated in Kathmandu Valley today with fanfare. The festival is celebrated annually as per a mythology which relates the genesis of the festival after the death of a demon named Tundi.

On the day, the Nepali Army cavalry team performed different artistic stunts riding on their horses. On the occasion, president Bidhya Devi Bhandari, vice- president Nanda Kishor Pun, prime minister KP Sharma Oli, ministers and other high-ranked officers observed the Godhe Jatra performed by Nepali Army cavalry team at Thudikhel.

Public beliefs that the demon who lived on a meadow, which is now at Tundikhel, used to unleash terror among the Kathmandu denizens, particularly children. After his death people rejoiced by dancing on his body by riding horses.

There is also a belief that the parade of horses at Tundikhel keeps the demon’s spirit away. The faster the horses run, the better Tundi’s spirit is dispelled. As per another legend, the Ghode Jatra is held to mark the start of the New Year.

The festival is celebrated on the day of Krishna Aunsi, as per the lunar calendar, which is a day before the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada and this day is taken as the start of the New Year.

The horse parade, known religiously known as Aswa Yatra, is organized to welcome the New Year.The day before Ghode Jatra is also known as Pichas Chaturdarshi, as per lunar calendar.

The Jatra is also observed in Lalitpur today.

Photos: Krishna Khatri/Khabarhub

Publish Date : 05 April 2019 17:53 PM

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