Kathmandu's most colorful eight day- festival has ended, 9th September 2009
Kathmandu's most colorful eight day- festival has ended.The chariot procession of the Kumari Goddess tour the city, accompanied by the dancers, musicians, soldiers and excited mass for the third time. People line the roadside and fill windows and balconies to throw rice, red tika powder and small coins at the chariot.
After the end of chariot processions the goddess has taken to her palace. President,the head of the state,receives the sacred red tika mark on his forehead from the Kumari along with her blessing. Afterwards thousands of crowd also gets tika and blessing from her.
After that the ritual pole, the Indra Dwaj, is taken down with music, sacrifice and ceremony. As the last of many offerings to Lord Bhairab, the pole is taken to the Bagmati River. After a ritual submersion, it is chopped into pieces to feed the perpetual flame at one of his nearby temples.
For this year, the most exciting colorful festival comes to an end.