Today in Boudhanath Stupa thousands of people are gathering to watch Gai Jatra and Ropai Jatra

 Ramesh Tamang | Community Trek

 Published On:20 Aug,2016

Ropai Jatra, Gai Jatra at Boudhanath Stupa

Gai Jatra (The festival of holy cow ) and Ropai Jatra ( festival of Rice cultivation or planting ) Festival. Today in Boudhanath Stupa thousands of people are gathering to watch this festival.

Festival in Nepal, Ropai Jatra

In this Festival People grieving the loss of their dear ones gather together and on the street processions were organised disguised as a cow, Yak, God, Goddess, Traditional dresses and other comical characters.

Ropai Jatra, Gai Jatra at Boudhanath Stupa

Gijatra:
The festival of “Gai Jatra” (the procession of cows) which is one of the most popular festivals, is generally celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (August-September).This festival has its roots in the belief that the god of death, Yamaraj, must be feared and hence worshipped. The festival of “Gai Jatra”, the procession of cows, is generally celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (August-September). The festival of cows is one of the most popular festivals of Nepal. The whole complex of Gai Jatra festival has its roots in the ancient age when people feared and worshipped Yamaraj,”the god of death”. However, the ironical sessions synonymous with the Gai Jatra festival came into tradition in the medieval period of Nepal during the reign of Malla Kings. Hence, the present form of Gai Jatra is a happy blending of antiquity and medievalism.

Some highlighted picture from that event.

Ropai Jatra, Gai Jatra at Boudhanath Stupa
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Ropai Jatra, Gai Jatra at Boudhanath Stupa
Ropai Jatra, Gai Jatra at Boudhanath Stupa
Ropai Jatra, Gai Jatra at Boudhanath Stupa
Ropai Jatra, Gai Jatra at Boudhanath Stupa

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