GANGTOK, September 23: Indrajatra, a festival of classical dances and one of the prominent festivals of Newars was for the first time celebrated with devotion and gaiety here today.
The State level celebration organised by Sikkim Newar Guthi started with offering of puja at Bhanu Path.
Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission Sanchaman Limboo along with State HRDD Minister NK Pradhan attended the celebration.
A religious procession was also taken out from Bhanu Path, which took a round of Tibet Road before ending at Bhanu Path.
Various cultural presentations of the Newar community were showcased at Titanic Park.
The evening programme was held at Sikkim Government College auditorium, which was graced by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the chief guest.
The organisers said that the festival is named after Lord Indra who is known as the god of rain and also as the king of heaven. “Hindus and Buddhists, both communities come together to celebrate this festival,” organisers said.