Celebration of victory | Nil Barahi Naach

Nil Barahi Gana Naach started during the reign of King Subarna Malla, in Nepal Sambat 631. The jatra is observed for three days and showcases three forms of masked dance—Mahakali Naach, Nava Durga Naach, Nil Barahi Gana Naach, 
Mahakali Naach depicts the preparation and training before the war, Nava Durga Naach depicts the war itself and Nil Barahi Naach is the celebration of victory.

This is an ancient form of masked dance of Bode, also known as Dharmapur. Dharmapur is shown through the means of this dance. As I’ve said, three different dance forms is observed during the jatra. And Nil Barahi is a dance form to celebrate peace after the victory in war. 

This jatra is also different from other jatras in various aspects—for example, we do not incorporate the form of Asta Matrika or Mahalaxmi in this jatra, because Mahalaxmi is an enraged form of the goddess, and Nil Barahi doesn’t express rage or fury but peace. 

Even the Bhairab represented in our jatra is a peaceful one, not the enraged form that we see in other jatras. Thus it is obvious that we celebrate this jatra more as a depiction of peaceful celebration to commemorate the victory.

Even the Bhairab represented in our jatra is a peaceful one, not the enraged form that we see in other jatras. Thus it is obvious that we celebrate this jatra more as a depiction of peaceful celebration to commemorate the victory.

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