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Festival of Indra Jatra. Kathmandu, Nepal.

Indra Jatra is the biggest festival to take place within Kathmandu Valley. It is held in honour of the Hindu God Indra, King of the highest heaven. He is usually depicted as a man with four arms, riding a white elephant . Indra Jatra also marks the beginning of the month-long festival season of autumn. The festival begins with the erection of a wooden pole made of pine at Basantapur Square in front of the old Hanuman Dhaka Palace.