Pulu Kisi looks for Lord Indra – from Asan to Adelaide

  • September 17, 2019

Kathmandu valley is engrossed in the celebrations of Yain Yah (Indra Jatra) – every day Pulu Kisi is seen frantically searching for Lord Indra along the streets of Kathmandu.

It is believed Lord Indra, who had descended to Nepal (Asan Chowk exactly) to find Parijat flowers for a puja in heaven conducted by his mother Basundhara (Dagin: Nepali Bhasa) went missing. Kathmandu locals, assuming Lord Indra to be a thief had imprisoned him – poor Pulu Kisi searched everywhere for Lord Indra frantically, however in vain. Eventually mother Basundhara had to descend to Asan for her son’s release; the people asked something in return. For this, Dagin (or Basundhara) introduced herself and her son with an assurance of fog and dew to facilitate better (paddy) crops. It is believed that due to this boon, Kathmandu starts to be foggy right after Indra Jatra as coldness enters the valley with the accompaniment of dew – therefore began the celebration of Indra Jatra.

Continuing the same tradition, Nepalis in Adelaide observed the same – celebrating Indra Jatra just as they would in Nepal. Continuing the tradition since 2017, this year’s celebration was marked with more fervour and enthusiasm.

The celebrations were held in Edwardstown Masonic Hall, Adelaide from 1 p.m. The main attractions of the festival were Kumari Jatra, Pulu Kisi, Majipa Lakhe Dance, Samaya Baji and Dhime Baja – all intrinsic elements of the festival.

Established in 2015, Guthi South Australia, the organisers of the festival have been organising several programs towards preserving and promoting Newa: culture in Australia. The entry was free for all celebrators, and a minimal 5 dollars were charged for Samaya Baji. The enthusiasm of second-generation Nepalis during the celebrations was noteworthy, and encouraging.