30/06/2012

Gai jatra procession of cows festival nepal Bhadra

 

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The festival of "Gai Jatra", the procession of cows, is generally celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (August-September). The festival of cows is one of the most popular festivals of Nepal. The whole complex of Gai Jatra festival has its roots in the ancient age when people feared and worshipped Yamaraj,"the god of death". However, the ironical sessions synonymous with the Gai Jatra festival came into tradition in the medieval period of Nepal during the reign of Malla Kings. 

 

Hence, the present form of Gai Jatra is a happy blending of antiquity and medievalism.

 

 

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