Ras Garba and Dandiya | Navratri Celebrations in Gujarat

In Gujarat, Navratri is a circle of ecstasy. While this festival is celebrated all over India with great religious fervor, for Gujaratis, it is much more than a religious celebration. It is their passion. Navratri celebrations in Gujarat are quite different from those in other states. Here Navaratri is an occasion to forget one’s inhibitions and dance with abandon. Both men and women (young and old) perform the luscious Garba and Dandiya dances on all nine nights of Navratri. They […]

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Mysore Dasara | Navaratri celebrations in Karnataka

In Karnataka Navaratri is celebrated as Dasara. It is the most important festival celebrated in the state. Actually, Dasara is the state festival of Karnataka. It is a 10-day festival. In 2016, Dasara will be celebrated from October 2 to October 11. Dasara or Vijayadashami is the 10th and the most auspicious day of the festival. According to legends, it was on this day Goddess Chamundeshwari (also known as Durga or Kali in Bengal and several other parts of India) […]

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Bommai Kolu / Bomma Golu | Navaratri celebrations in Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu Navratri is celebrated in a unique way. The festival is celebrated for ten days and three days are dedicated to the worship of each of the three goddesses – Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati. Celebrations conclude on the 10th day Vijayadashami (the day of victory). Bomma Golu or Bommai Kolu is the most beautiful aspect of Navratri celebrations in the Tamil Nadu. Bomma means doll. Bomma Golu is a display of dolls and figurines on wooden steps made […]

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Navarathri celebrations in Kerala

Navarathri (nine nights) celebrations in Kerala are unique in many ways. Here the focus is on learning new skills. In Kerala, the festival is celebrated for ten days. In 2016, it will be celebrated from October 2 to October 11. The last three days of the festival – Ashtami, Navami and Dashami (October 9, 10, 11) are the most important. Navarathri celebrations in Kerala are different from Navarathri celebrations in other parts of the India. While in North India, the […]

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Everything you need to know about Durga Puja celebrations in 2016

Durga Puja, an important part of the Navratri festival, celebrates the Mother Goddess (Durga). She is the supreme deity for Hindus. Each god and goddess of the Hindu Pantheon had contributed a certain portion of their power to create Goddess Durga. This makes her the most powerful of all deities. In Bengal, Durga Pooja is the main aspect of Navratri celebrations. Navaratri is the commemoration of Durga’s victory over the buffalo headed demon Mahishasur. Read about popular Navratri legends here. […]

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Shree Rama Swami Temple at Triprayar

The Yadava dynasty to which Lord Krishna belonged perished 36 years after the Mahabharata war due to infighting. At around the same time Krishna left for his heavenly abode and his kingdom Dwaraka got submerged in the sea. The legend Vakkayil Kaimal, a pious man who lived near Triprayar, saw in his dreams that four idols of Lord Rama and his brothers were drifting in the sea. These were the same idols that Krishna used to worship. A group of […]

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Pulikali 2016

They come in hundreds wearing bright paints all over their body, dance through the streets and entertain the thousands watching from either side of the road. Pulikali, a folk dance form, has been an integral part of the Onam celebrations in the Thrissur district of Kerala for several years. Swaraj Round in Thrissur is the venue of this unique celebration that involves hundreds of two-legged ‘tigers’ dancing to the beats of percussion instruments. While some performers wear the true colors […]

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Navratri: How the Hindu festival Navratri is celebrated

Navratri (= nine nights) is the biggest Hindu festival. Yes, Diwali is important too, but there are at least a few Indian states where Diwali is not celebrated. By contrast, Navratri is celebrated all over India with great fervor. Navratri usually falls in the month of October. It is celebrated for nine nights and ten days. During those nine nights and days, the Goddess is worshipped in her nine manifestations. The 10th day of the festival is called Vijayadashami or […]

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Popular Navratri Legends

Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India. That is exactly what makes it so special. The entire nation plunges into a spiritual mood during these nine days. Navratri means nine nights. Keep in mind that the most important day of the festival is the 10th day which is observed as Vijayadashami (the day of victory). Navratri 2016 dates This year Navratri will be celebrated from October 1 to October 10. Navratri is celebrated twice a year. Chaitra Navratri […]

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Thekkinkadu Maidan to host noiseless fireworks display in September 17, 2016

Thekkinkadu Maidan which plays host to the celebrated Thrissur Pooram festival will host another celebration on September 17. The noiseless digital fireworks display will mark the conclusion of the Onam celebrations in Thrissur. It is going to be organized by the district tourism promotion council (DTPC). The noiseless fireworks display is free of the risks and health hazards associated with real fireworks. Incidentally, Thrissur Pooram, which ensured that Thrissur has a place on the world tourism map is famous for […]

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