SINGTAM, AUGUST 17: A coordination meeting was held at Community Hall, Singtam today to make the final preparation for Indra Jatra, Newar community’s biggest festival. The two phase meeting was arranged by Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014. Indra Jatra Celebration is a state level festival of Newars that will be held on September 8 at Singtam.
Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, General Secretary, Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014 was the host of the first phase meeting. Pradhan announced the distribution of work prearranged to different members of Newar Guthis under Singtam – Rangpo Zone. He told in brief about the proposed plan of the Indra Jatra Celebration. HP Pradhan was the Chief Guest of the meeting.
TB Pradhan, President, Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014 speaking on the occasion shared the letter send by the Sikkim Newar Guthi informing the permission to host the Indra Jatra 2014 at Singtam. Pradhan added this is a huge responsibility and above all, Newars of Singtam should be proud of this moment. Bikash Pradhan, Newari Langauage expert from Namthang threw some insight about the origin of the Indra Jatra festival that was highly informative to all. Other people to speak on the occasion included MB Pradhan (Duga), Prakash Pradhan (Temi), DB Pradhan (Dung- Dung), LN Pradhan (Rangpo), HP Pradhan and others. Every Guthis had assured full cooperation to make the event a grand celebration.
The second phase meeting was attended by Rohit Kumar Pradhan, President Sikkim Newar Guthi, Suren Pradhan, Vice President, Sikkim Newar Guthi and members of Sikkim Newar Guthi from Gangtok. Highlight of the meeting was talks on different issues related to the successful arranging of the festival.
Rohit Kumar Pradhan, President Sikkim Newar Guthi in his word told this is for the very first time that Indra Jatra Celebration is travelling to any other place other than Gangtok. Since last five years, the existence of Kumari (living goddess) had been staying at Gangtok, now she will be traveling to different parts of Sikkim. Singtam takes the honour to receive the Kumari for the first year and it will be after next eight years, she will return to Gangtok. Now on, Indra Jatra will be held at different places of Sikkim for nine years, he said.