Chamling greeted on birthday, greets in turn people of Sikkim on Indrajatra

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SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
22 Sep 2018

Pawan Chamling, the longest serving Chief Minister in the country, on Saturday celebrated his 69th e birhtday at Mintokghang official residence, dedicating the day to the fellow citizens of Sikkim. A large number of people visited Mintokghang to wish him a happy birthday. Wishing Chamling, Modi tweeted: "Birthday greetings to Sikkim CM Shri Pawan Chamling Ji. For over two decades he’s been tirelessly working for Sikkim’s growth. I pray for his long and healthy life. @pawanchamling5." Veteran BJP Leader L.K. Advani, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal and Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also tweeted and wishes him.
Later, talking to newspersons, Chamling said Sikkim was ready to welcome the Prime Minister for inauguration of the Pakyong airport. Commenting on Hamro Sikkim Party leader Bhaichung Bhutia’s comment that the Sikkim Democratic Front had approached a Delhi-based party for sharing of seatws, he said Bhutia should publicize the letter which had been sent. “Bhaichung has equal democratic rights as me; it depends on how people support him.”
Pawan Chamling and Tika Maya Chamling during the day extended greetings to the people of Sikkim, particularly the  Newar community,  on the religious occasion of Indrajatra. Indrajatra, also known as “Yenya,” is one of the biggest and the most sacred religious festivals of the Newar Community. Named after the Hindu rain god Indra, the main objective of the festival is to receive his blessings in the form of rains and showers.
The celebrations consist of two events, Indra Jatra and Kumari Jatra. The former   is marked by masked dances of deities and demons, displays of sacred images and tableaus in honour of Indra, the king of heaven.  The latter  is the chariot procession of the living goddess Kumari. An integral part of this festival is the chariot procession which is accompanied by masked dancers and music. The procession moves all over the streets, spreading the spirit of harmony and celebration. It is a blend of religion and carnival.
Religious significance behind the festival   is that, Indra’s mother needed Parijat, a flower for a religious purpose. So, Indradisguised as a human being came down from heaven to earth to fetch it himself. However, people recognized him and surrounded him, refusing to let him go. They tied him with ropes so that he would not leave them and began celebrating and rejoicing his presence. This story has been represented in the statue at Maru Tole in Kathmandu and is worshipped even today.
The Chief Minister in his greetings says, “Indrajatra is a time when people come together, portraying their happiness in a mood of celebration. It is a season to be joyful and spread the spirit of sharing amongst people. Let the same spirit permeate our society at all times and strengthen the bond of brotherhood and amity among our people.”