Wunjala Moskva Restaurant
Dining at the Wunjala Moskva restaurant is a magical experience of delicious traditional Newar cuisine set in the charming ancient atmosphere of temple architecture. The Wunjala Moskva restaurant brings to you a wonderful and varied dance program demonstrative of the rich heritage of the Newars. The setting at the Wunjala Moskva restaurant is especially designed so that the guests view the cultural dances, preformed on the mandala platform "Daboo", in the soft glow of hundreds of wick lamps, just as the kings of the royal court did during the Malla dynasty.
Traditional dance in Nepal is a religious art from. The dance is a means of realization of higher state of consciousness and it is not intended to be either a representation of reality not a source of base pleasure. The traditional Newar dancer does not endeavor to emulate the external world or to be true to nature. His is the dance of a pictorial metaphor of forces struggling within ourselves and the universe. Traditional dance helps people to relate to transcendental forces by representing them in an expressive dance from, thus enabling people to realize super-human powers.
In Kathmandu, there are many festivals where the gods are taken out on chariots or palanquins during special events. The gods are carried around their realm so that all of their devotees may give offerings and receive blessings. During such processions, musicians and priests accompany the statue. Inside the Wunjala Moskva chariot sits the god Bheemsen, one of the great heroes of the Mahabharata. The Nepalese people have great respect for Bheemsen. He is worshipped for his super strength and bravery in friendship, business and health.
This dance is preformed during Indra Jatra and is named after the music that is played during this festival. The festival's activity includes very old Tantric dances, in connection with the evil spirits and ogres that were once on the loose in Kathmandu valley. A gigantic decorated pole is erected at Indra Chowk preceded by performances of masked Devi and Bhairab dancers. The long manned blue-masked dancer is Bhairav, accompanied by his two fierce companions in red masks. The staging of traditional devil and deity dances are always accompanied by festive feelings followed by a huge feast. The Wunjala Moskva restaurant recreates for you this ancient atmosphere of one of Kathmandu's most famous dances followed by traditional Newari cuisine.
Manjushree is the Bodhisattva of knowledge and learning. This dance is dedicated to the process of learning by cutting through ignorance with the flaming sword of wisdom. The dance tells the story of the creation of Kathmandu valley. Nepalese legends speak of a hill in the middle of a lake upon which grew a blue lotus containing the eternal flame of the Primordial Buddha. Manjushri, a manifestation of the Buddha, came to worship the blue flame and decided to make access easier for other pilgrims. With a single stroke of his flaming sword of wisdom, he cut a passage through the valley rim neat Chobar Gorge and drained the lake
In Hindu mythology, the dance of a male peacock is symbolic of the awakening of nature after the onset of rains. When the peacock dances, the thunder rumbles and the lightening flashes. The peacock spreads out its fascinating tail-feathers in great splendor and dances in ecstasy and joy. The peacock has beautiful colours, graceful flowing lines and a long luxuriant train of feathers. The peacock is the insignia of royalty and it is also referred to as the Sun Bird
One of the most famous images in Kathmandu is that of the Lakhe dancer. Lakhe was an ogre living in Kathmandu Valley. The masked dancer often goes into a trance and is possessed by Lakhe's demon spirit. During Indra Jatra, there are many Lakhe dances depicting battles with the fierce god , Bhairav.
Also known as the monkey dance. The Stick Dance is preformed during the beginning of the Nepali New Year which coincides with the weeklong Bisket Jatra celebration in Bhaktapur. Stick Dancing can be found in the streers during this festival along with the wrathful god, Bhairav, and his consort, Bhadrakati, being pulled on great chariots, culminating in the raising of a ling pole covered with banners. Citizens of Bhaktapur then play a tug-of-war to topple the pole, assuring a year of good fortune.
This majestic animal is greatly associated with Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal. This dance is the wildly swaying elephant frantically canvassing ever neighborhood looking for his master, Indra. The elephant enjoys great prestige and is associated with intelligence and depicted as symbols of magic. In some temples, they are placed as door guardians. Elephants are regarded as sacred beings as they bestow the booms of
abundance of crops, prosperity, health and long life upon the people. In the Hindu religion, the elephant is the god, Ganesh, remover of obstacles. He is one of the most popular deities in Kathmandu Valley.