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Gaijatra festival being observed in Pokhara (Photos)

Avatar eAdarsha.com Reporter
Aug 04, 2020

Pokhara, August 4:  The traditional festival of Gaijatra or the ‘cow festival’ is being observed today in Pokhara.

Gaijatra was taken from seven houses of Bagale tole and were taken back to home after reaching Ganesh temple.

This year Tayamacha dance and Ramayan rally has been cancelled due to pandemic. School used to be given holiday in Pokhara on this occasion and public holiday in the capital.

The festival, beginning on the first day of the waning moon in the month of Srawan/Bhadra .

During this time-honored tradition, people of all ages in the guise of cows and lunatics go around the city, wearing odd costumes to commemorate those who died during the past one year.

The bereaved families offer fruits, bread, beaten rice, curd and money to those participating in the procession including the cows.

As the saying goes, the festival derives its name from the religious belief that the deceased, during their journey to heaven, crosses a legendary river by grabbing the tail of a cow.

This festival is believed to have started during the time of King Pratap Malla, who, in a bid to console his queen, much grieved at the death of her son in a smallpox epidemic, ordered his people to organize humour and satire programmes in various comic postures.

This tradition remained continued in the form of the Gaijatra festival during which people also vent out their feelings towards social and political anomalies, human follies and other contemporary affairs through comic skits and cartoons.