- NET Web Desk
Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang-Golay & Governor Ganga Prasad has extended their best wishes to the Newar Community on the auspicious occasion of ‘IndraJatra’.
Popularly known as ‘Yenya’, Indrajatra is the biggest festival for the Nepalese “NEWAR” community in Sikkim.
Celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm throughout the state, this festival is named after the Hindu ‘God of Rain’ and ‘King of Heaven’, Lord Indra.
It’s prime objective is to seek his blessings in the form of rains and showers.
Tales of this festival goes back to the Vedic times when Lord Indra was imprisoned by the people of Kathmandu Valley.
He was caught stealing the rare and fragrant ‘Parijat Flowers’ from the valley for his mother.
It is then when the people realized who he actually was, thereby released him and promised to dedicate one of the most colourful festivals to him, also in return requesting him to visit the valley every year, thereby blessing it with rains and prosperity.
“Greetings of Hon’ble Chief Minister on the occasion of Indrajatra 2021. I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim especially to the Newar Community on the auspicious occasion of Indrajatra. Indrajatra is one of the biggest traditional festivals of the Newar community in the State and on this day people seek the blessings of Lord Indra, who is regarded as the God of rain and King of heaven. I pray that this festival will be an opportunity for all of us to come together and spread the message of tranquillity and communal harmony in the State. On this pious occasion, I wish for peace, prosperity, and prolonged happiness in the lives of the people of Sikkim by the grace of Lord Indra.” – the CM captioned an FB post.
Besides, the Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad has also wished the Newari community on the auspicious occasion of ‘Indrajatra’, through an official statement issued by Sikkim Government.