30/01/2012

THE GHANTAKARNA FESTIVAL GHANTA KARNA FESTIVAL OF NEPAL CHATURDASI JATRAS ON THE MONTH OF SHRAWAN KATMANDU 1968

 

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THE

GHANTAKARNA JATRAS ON THE MONTH OF

SHRAWAN

 

KATMANDU

1968

PHOTO

JOHAN REINHARD

http://sites.google.com/site/johanreinhardwebsite

 

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Ghanta Karna Chaturdasi or GhantaKarna is the Nepali festival commemorating the death of Ghanta(Bell) Karna(Ears) "Bell Ears,",

a demon with jingling bells in his ears so that he'd never have to hear the name of Vishnu.

 

According some opinions the festival is a relic of ancient demonolatry in the Kathmandu valley.

 

In Hindu mythology he caused death and destruction wherever he went, until a god in the form of a frog persuaded him to 

leap into a well, after which the people clubbed him to death and dragged his body to the river to be cremated.

 

The Jatra is  celebrated by making the domn's effigy of bamboos which is finally burnt  while the remains are sanked into 

the river, signaling the end of the festival.

 

From an iconographic point of view the  body of the Demon is painted with red,blue and black color and had a pair of bells 

on his ear.

 

The festival  is celebrated towards the end of the Nepalese month of Shrawan (14th day of waning half of Hindu month of Sravana)

 

It  begin with  children that collect money from passerby,  then used to make an effigy of the demon,

Young girls hang tiny dolls on the effigy of Ghanta Karna to protect themselves from the demon

children sell iron rings and iron nails

 

It is believed that  who have iron nails in the lintels of their homes or are wearing an iron ring will be protected 

from evil spirits in the coming year.

 

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JATRAS IN THE SRAWAN MOUNTH

 

BUNGAMATI KUMARI JATRA

KUMBESHWOR MELA

GAI JATRA

RAKSHA BANDHAN

MATYA

BOLBOM PILGRIMAGE

GHANTA KARNA

NAG PANCHAMI

 

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