Friday, October 10, 2008

Khadga Jatra of Dolakha

The traditional Khadga Jatra is celebrated with great pomp and show in Dolakha. The Jatra is organised on Ekadashi of Dashain festival (today, Oct. 10 this year). In this festival the young and the old clad in white frocks, daura, turbans and jamara wreath around their necks and carrying khadgas (swords), dance to the tunes of the kusule music, emulating a scene of a battle. According to Hindu mythology, when the danabs (devils) started causing trouble and hardships to the gods and mortal beings, the gods set up a secret council to decide on how to eliminate Mahishasur, the king of the devils. The gods and the goddesses went to goddess Kali seeking help. When she accepted their invitation, the gods and goddesses started a yagya at Tin Dhara in Raiti of Dolakha. The war ended on the day of Bijaya Dashami after Mahishasur was beheaded. Since then, the Jatra is celebrated every year on the day of ekadashi to mark the victory of the gods over the devils. The local kusules also offered four male buffalos at the famous Bhimeshwor Temple as sacrifice.

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