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Kumari Yatra is a scenic presentation performed by the virgin girl symbolized as the living Goddess. Virginity, both in the Hindu and Buddhist cults, is highly appraised and worshipped in Nepal and is regarded as a state of purity and divinity.
In our language “Namaste” means welcome. We have a saying “Guest is God”. So it is our duty to welcome our guests by presenting the welcome dance. The dances with auspicious lamps in their hands conveys our pleasure at your being with us and say thank you in a truly Nepalese manner.
Manjushree is the Bodhisttva, who is worshipped for wisdom, intelligence and eloquence. He is the patron of those who preach dharma. In Nepal, he has a special place. According to the Buddhist legend it is Manjushree who came from Mahachin, worshipped the self originated flame at the edge of the lake which covered the valley, and then drained the valley by cutting through the ridge at its rim with his sword, thus making the valley fit for human habitation. The famous Swayanbhu Mahachaitya marks the place of the self-existent light and to the west of the CHaitya is an important shrine of Manjushree
Bhairava and kali are the incarnation of Lord Shiva, the Divine Consciousness and His Shakti, the operating power. This is a tantric dance in which the creative process symbolizes the union of bipolar forces of positive and negative polarities, Bhairava as the supreme positive polarity of divine consciousness and kali as the negative polarity of divine power.
It is performed by teenagers wearing traditional costumes holding sticks in their hands. The Nepalese still pay great respect to the sacred myths and legends. According to the religious epic Ramayana, this dance was performed by monkeys to express their joy and happiness to their Lord Rama and his wife Sita after their victory over the demon king Ravana of Sri Lanka.
This is one of the most popular masked dance of Bhaktapur. It is based on a religious story from a Hindu Puran called “Mahakali Mahatmya”. According to this, the three Goddess Mahakali, Mahalaxmi, and Kumari came down to earth from heaven to vanquish the demons who spread great misery and hardship among numan beings.So the almighty Goddess waged a great war with the demons and defeated them thus stabilizing peace and order on earth. This dance shows the great joy and happiness after the great victory over the demons.
This group dance usually takes place during the festivals an rituals to express their feeling of joy and happiness. No specific steps are required. One can enjoy and dance listening to the folk tunes.
This farmer’s pair dance is generally performed during the harvest season in their community get-together along with lively music and songs. In this dance farmer women express their romantic feeling through their attractive and swift movements. It is a very popular folk dance of Nepal.
It is a wild tribe dance. Living in the dense forest of Nepal, they enjoy together, they haunt together. When there is a scarcity of haunt, they fight each other. The dancers give exposition to the ways and manners of hunting in the jungle
Sagangee is a traditional musical instrument of Nepal. This instrument is played by only one caste called Gandharva. After the harvest this ethnic tribe visit door to door and sing folk song playing with their instrument to entertain the people. In return they receive food stuffs and some clothes as a reward. .
Khyaks are supernatural beings. They are believed to be followers of the god and goddess. They were visible to the people before electricity arrived. They are quite harmless. They simply used to frighten people at night. What the dancers perform is just the expression of the Khyak’s naughty nature. They perform dances to entertain Gods and Goddesses.
12. LAKHE:
This is one of the classical dance of Nepal performed once per year during the festival of Indrajatra which is celebrated for nearly a week at the end of September or first week of October. The legends says that Lakhey is the demon who created havoc in the kathmandu valley by terrorizing people.
The local Spiritual masters hypnotized these terrorist with mantras infused with their benevolent divine power with a view to bringing them under hypnotic tune. Thus this dance represents the victory of benevolent power over destructive forces.