Patan to mark Narsingh Festival today

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Aug. 20: Among many festivals celebrated by the Newar community in the Kathmandu Valley, the unique Narsingh festival will be marked in Patan of Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) on Tuesday. 

This festival was started by the Malla King of Patan, Siddhi Narsingh Malla, in 1688 B.S.
Of the religious, cultural and historical festivals of the Patan, the Narsingh festival is marked with bringing out procession of god Narsingh.
Hanumani of Ward No 20 of LMC is the starting point of this festival.
The radical festival is organised each year and is organised under the leadership of Upakarma Guthi of Lalitpur.
Umeshwor Rajopadhaya, coordinator of Narsingh Main Festival Organising Committee, informed that the festival will start from 1 pm and end around 7 pm.
The city procession is taken out in the participation of six female couples along with Narsingh, Laxmi, Saraswoti and Prahlad amidst the playing of traditional group Dheeme music, Ka music, Naya Khi music and Lakhe dance.
The procession will go around several parts of city keeping the Laxmi and Sarswoti right and left of Narsingh, as a symbol of goddesses. As a symbol of Madhu Kaitav demon, two persons follow the procession dragging the butterfly from behind.
During the festival time, Prahlad is seen serving Narsingh in a devotional way.
Other people play the role of guards of Lord Bishnu by carrying Danda, waving the Chamar (the tail of yak) and hand held fans, some sindur (vermillion power). The path of procession is kept cleared by the couple symbolising fairies who would be holding aloft the umbrella while the procession is taken around the city.
The procession will go around Nakbil, Dhlaycha, Kywalkhu, Jhatapole, Kumbeshwor, Kobahal, Mangalbazar, Saugal, Sundhar, Okubahal, Chakrabahil Tangal, Pimbahal and other parts. 

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