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Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March, or Phalguna) and before the arrival of spring, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva". It is a major festival in Hinduism, [...]

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Janmashtami

Krishna Janmaashtami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu. In Maharashtra Janmaashtami, popularly known in Mumbai and Pune as Dahi Handi, is celebrated with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. The handi is a clay pot filled with buttermilk that was positioned at a convenient height prior to [...]

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Onam

Onam is the largest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala's culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival. Significance of Onam Onam is [...]

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Ugadi

The people of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa. Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as their New Year day Cheti Chand.[1] Manipuris also celebrate their New Year (Sajibu Cheiraoba) on the same day. While it is observed as Baisakhi in Punjab and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu. [...]

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Rama Navami

Sri Rama Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya of Ayodhya. Rama is the 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu. The festival falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu calendar. Thus it [...]

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Makara Sankrati

Sankranthi marks the transition of the Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. Traditionally, this has been one of many harvest days in India. Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India, apart from a harvest festival is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in [...]

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Buddha Jayanthi

Buddha Jayanti, also known as Buddha Purnima, celebrates the birthday of Lord Buddha. It also commemorates his enlightenment and death. It's the most sacred Buddhist festival. Buddha Jayanti is celebrated at the various Buddhist sites across India, particularly at Bodhgaya and Sarnath (near Varanasi). Celebrations are widespread in predominantly Buddhist regions such as Sikkim, Ladakh, [...]

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Kumbh Mela

Kumbha Mela is the largest gathering anywhere in the world in recorded history. Kumbha Mela is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage that takes place at the following four locations of India: Prayag, Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) at the confluence of three holy Rivers - Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati Haridwar (Uttar Pradesh) where the river Ganga enters the [...]

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Dasara

Dussehra is celebrated all over India to mark the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. The tenth day of Navaratri marks the end of fasting and is celebrated as Dussehra.This festival is celebrated by burning effigies of Ravana, Kumbarkaran and Megnath. It depicts the victory of good forces over evil. Dusshera in West Bengal In [...]

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Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is a festival primarily observed in North India, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. The festival is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims. The central ceremony involves the tying of a rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for [...]

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