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Festivals of India

July

famous rath yatra of puri

Rath Yatra (Puri, Orissa) - This spectacular chariot festival is held at the famous Jagannath Temple at Puri. Images of Lord Jagannath - the Lord of the Universe, his sister Subhadra and brother Balbhadra are taken out in procession in three immense chariots.  The main chariot is 14 meters high and 10 meters square with 16 wheels. Thousands of devotees pull these chariots to Gundicha Mandir, a temple 1.5 km away.

International Mango Festival (Delhi) - Savour innumerable varieties of mango - the king of fruits, at the unique Mango Festival in Delhi. Cultural programmes make this a lively event.

mango festival

 August

janmashtmi festival india

Janmashtami (All over India) - The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great fervour all over the country (3rd Sept. this year).  In Mathura and Brindavan - where Lord Krishna spent his childhood and youth, the Janmashtami celebrations are quite elaborate. The Krishna Leela - stories of his eventful youth are enacted.

 

Independence Day (All over India) - Commemorating the day India attained freedom (15th August), Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programme in the state capitals. 

The Prime Minister's speech at the Red Fort in Delhi is the major highlight.

indian flag on independence day

 

onam festival , kerela

Onam (Kerala) - Kerala's most important festival is celebrated in the honour of the ancient asura king Mahabali. The occasion also heralds the harvest season.  The decorating of houses with carpets of flowers, a sumptuous lunch and songs in praise of the golden reign of Mahabali, mark the ten day long festivities. A major attraction of the Onam celebrations are the famed snake boat races along the backwaters at Champakulam, Aranmula and Kottayam.

 September

Ganesh Chaturthi (Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka) - This day is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of all good beginnings and success. Held annually, this festival is a ten day long event. The images of Lord Ganesha are installed and worshipped and on the last day these are taken in processions to be immersed in flowing water. The sea front at Mumbai, packed with people, is a spectacular sight.
Ganesh Festival (Pune, Maharashtra) - Celebrated with a lot of merrymaking and gaiety, the Ganesh Festival is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha- the harbinger of good fortune and success. This cultural feast is held to coincide with Ganesh Chaturthi. With classical dance and music performances, a theatre and film festival and folk dances, this is the most popular festival in Pune

ganesha chaturthi festival mumbai

 

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