Friday, October 23, 2020

Sikali Jatra, an alternative for Dashain for people of Khokana in Nepal

Sikali Jatra celebrations in Lalitpur, Nepal

Lalitpur [Nepal], October 23 (ANI): Known for its cultural identity and mustard oil, Khokana, a medieval Newari heritage village in the Southern part of Kathmandu Valley celebrates the Sikali Jatra instead of the Dashain Festival.

Observed for a period of five days, the Sikali Jatrais are dedicated to goddess "Shikali" who also is known as "Ajima" or Mother Goddess. It is believed that Gods and Goddesses in human form take flights as they tour around the Sikali temple which is located at a grassy hill just outside the village.

"Jatrastarts from the day of Ghatasthapana, we don't have a tradition of wearing the Jamara or tika," Bekhanar Maharjan, one of the priests around Newar village of Khokana in Lalitpur District of Kathmandu Valley told ANI.

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