India is the land of festival and fairs, each day of year is celebrate as a festival at some part of country. To know India and its different culture and traditions explore the sites with us during these major festivals of states. There are so many major festival and fairs of India celebrate on the different point of year at different region some of the famous Indian festival and places are Makar Sankranti in Gujarat Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura and Maha Shivaratri in Varanasi and Deoghar Yatra.
The Mumbai Ganesh festival is celebrated on the auspicious Occasion of birth of the Lord Ganesha. The elephant headed god Ganesha is a Hindu deity of success,remover of Obstacles and intellect and wisdom. Lord Ganesh is the patron deity of Maharashtra but also worshiped all across India. The 11 days Ganesh Festival is celebrated with a huge pomp and show on the streets of Mumbai, Juhu Chowpatty beach is the popular immersion point in Mumbai. Ganesh Chaturthi usually falls between 20 August and 15 September every year.
Navratri, the festival of nine nights dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Shakti.This festival is known as Durga Puja in Kolkata. Durga Puja is the biggest festival of West Bengal state and celebrated for 10 days across the state as well as in country. Kolkata Durga Puja is very famous as thousand of Durga pandals are set up across the streets and adorned with lights. Festival of Durga Puja falls in the month of September-October every year.
Dusshera or Vijayadashmi is the most popular Indian festival celebrated on the 10th day of Navratri. Vijayadashmi is celebrated on the marks of victory of good over evil,victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura and Lord Rama over Ravana. Bastar is a district of Chhattisgarh, where the Danteshwari Temple is located, one of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India. Every year during the Dusshera all tribes of Dantewada, Bastar region,surrounding villages and jungles gather at Danteshwari Temple to pay homage to the goddess Danteshwari. Bastar Dussehra festival is one of the most popular tourist attraction of the state.
Chhath Puja is the oldest Hindu festival dedicated to God Sun or Surya, the god of energy and life.The festival is celebrated mostly in Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern region of Uttar Pradesh. Chhath Puja is a four days festival include holy bath,fasting and offering prayer to setting and rising sun. Its unique religious and the most respectable festival in state of Bihar. Chhath Puja will be celebrating on the month of November in 2013.
Kumbh Mela is a the biggest Hindu pilgrimage where Hindus gather from every corner of the world for at the bank of holy rivers Ganges and Godavari for a holy bath for purification from sin.Kumbh Mela is the largest human gathering in the world for a religious purpose. Kumbh Mela is celebrated in every 12 years and attracts around 70 million people around the world, Major attraction of Kumbh Mela is the saints,sadhu,naga sadhus and yogis who live in caves and jungles gather here to bless the people. The Kumbh Mela will start on 27-January-2013 at Allahabad click to view pictures of Kumbh Mela 2013.
The state of Goa celebrates its one of the biggest festival of the year, the Goan carnival festival. Carnival at Goa is not stop three days and nights festival of fun,entertainment,song,music and colors. Goa Carnival is one of the most awaited festival and attracts many tourists from all over the world. Konkani dance, Street plays and Grand feast are few major attraction of Goa Carnival festival, It will be starting in February 2013,get ready for food,dance,music and fun.
Holi is the most popular festival of colors, celebrate by Hindus across the Indian subcontinent. Its a religious spring festival celebrated for the beginning of the new season and a religious purpose of Holika Dahan and Prahlada. The Braj region of India is famous for its 16 days traditional holi celebration,some time Braj Region of Mathura, celebrate Holi for a month and two. Latthmaar Holi of Barsana is the major attractions of the city where women beat up men with sticks.
Bihu is the biggest festival of Indian state Assam, there are three Bihu festival celebrated at the different point of years Bohaag in the middle of April,Maagh in the middle of January and Kaati in the middle of October. The Bohaag is called as Rongali Bihu is the major Bihu celebrated on the occasion of the Assamese New Year. Bihu dance and Bihu folk songs are the major attraction of the festival along with the tribes of Assam.
The Festival of Chariots of Lord Jagannatha, held every year at Puri in the tribal state of Orissa. The 10 day’s ratha yatra is commemorates Lord Jagannath’s, annual visit to Gundicha mata’s temple a short distance away. Thousands of pilgrims come to Puri during the festival with an desire to help pull Lords chariot with ropes. This is the only day when devotees who are not allowed in the temple premises such as non-Hindus and foreigners, can get their glimpse of the deities.
The Grand festival of Sabarimala Temple is celebrated in honor of Lord Ayyapa, Sabarimala is located in the Pathanamthitta District in Kerala at Western Ghat mountain ranges. Sabarimala Temple Festival is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world with 45–50 million devotees per year. The Hindu God Ayyappan worship only during the days of Mandalapooja one of days between November 15 to December 26.
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