SIKKIM: Indra Jatra celebrated
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 24, 2010
The Himalayan Beacon BY JANUKA SHARMA
Gangtok: The state level Indra Jatra, one of the prominent festival of Pradhan Community, was celebrated by SikkimNewar Gutthi with full devotion on Wednesday in the capital. The festival was started with offering of puja at Bhanu Path. Sanchaman Limbo of State Planning Commision along with Minister NK Pradhan attended the celebration. The state level festival was celebrated for the first time in such a big manner. Later a religious procession was taken out from Bhanu Path which took a round of Tibet Road and again returned to Bhanu Path. Variuos cultural presentations of the Pradhan community were showcased at the Titanic Park . Lateer in the evening the celebration was continued at the auditorium hall of Sikkim Government College. Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling attended the function as chief guest. According to the organizers, the festival is named after Lord Indra who is the god of rain and also the king of heaven, according to Hindu mythology. Hindus and Buddhists, both communities come together to celebrate the festival of Indra Jatra, a delightful festival of classical dances.
[FROM SIKKIM REPORTER / EDITED BY ASHOK CHATTERJEE]