Gahana Khojne Jatra of Hadigaun

Monday, 02 April 2018 09:52 Biplap Maharjan
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The Handigaun Jatra "Nara Ya Tisa Malegu Jatra" , also known as Tunal Devi ko Jatra or Gahana Khojne Jatra, is one of the most important festivals of Handigaun. The festival commences every year on the lunar calendar’s Chaitra Shukla Astami.

The legend of the jatra goes like this.Tunal Devi of Chandol, Mahalaxmi of Naxal, Mana Maiju of Balaju and the Nuwakoti Devi were visiting a large ‘ocean-like’ lake’ where Ghana Pokhari is today located. While taking bath, Tunal Devi lost her ornaments and start searching her jewels in water. Mana Maiju and Nuwakoti Devi, who come from far, left early asking Mahalaxmi to keep watch and to send word to them about the search.

The festival is an annual reenactment of this event. While Tunal Devi’s chariot descends into the water in search of her lost jewels, the chariot of Mahalaxmi circumvents the pond, keeping watch.

Once the search is completed, the news in the shape of flowers and prasad, is still sent to the Mana Maiju temple and to Nuwakot, where Jatras are conducted simultaneously.

By: Biplap Maharjan

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