Category Archives: Festivals

India has a rich cultural heritage and is home to people from diverse religions. It is described as a land of many religions and innumerable languages, and is known to be a land of festivals as well. Some festivals are observed throughout the country; others have specific regional associations. India celebrates festivals of almost all the faiths in the world with great spirit and devotion. The traditions and celebrations of the same festival also vary from one region to another.

Indian Festival of Sharad Purnima 2017

The goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on sharad purnima.

Indian Festival of Sharad Purnima 2017

Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September or October), marking the end of the monsoon season. It is believed that Sharad Purnima is the only day in the year when the moon comes out with all sixteen Kala. In many regions Sharad Purnima is known as Kojagiri Purnima, Navanna Purnima or Kaumudi Purnima. On this day, Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth; Indra, the god of Rains; and Lord Shiva with his consort Parvati are also worshiped.

Indian Festival of Dussehra 2017

The festival celebrates the victory of forces of good over evil.

Indian Festival of Dussehra 2017

Dussehra is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. It marks the end of ‘Ramlila’ and remembers god Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana. The festival celebrates the victory of forces of good over evil.

Subho Vijaya Dasami Durga Puja 2017

Vijayadasami marks the end of five day Hindu festival of Durga Puja

Subho Vijaya Dasami Durga Puja 2017

Durga Puja, the biggest festival in Bengal starts on September 26 this year. The celebration continues for the next five days culminating with the idol immersion ceremony on Dasami. Vijayadasami marks the end of Durga Puja, and is celebrated as triumph of goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasura to help restore Dharma. On this day the idols of goddess Durga are moved from its place for immersion into the river and she is believed to return to the abode of her husband. After the process of immersion is over, people enjoy delicious dinner and sweets.

Subho Maha Navami Durga Puja 2017

Five famous pandals visited on Maha Navami in Kolkata.

Subho Maha Navami Durga Puja 2017

Durga Puja is the major Hindu festival for Bengalis that is celebrated across the world. It is an occasion that marks the triumph of good over evil. The festival is celebrated for a duration of five days, running parallel with Navratri. Everyone wears new clothes and gets reveled in the festival celebration to the fullest. It is a worship of power of good which always wins over the evil as goddess Durga over demon Mahisasura.

Subho Mahashtami Durga Puja 2017

Five famous pandals visited on Mahashtami in Kolkata.

Subho Mahashtami Durga Puja 2017

Durga Puja, also called Durgotsava and Navaratri, is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Durga Puja is the most significant and eagerly awaited Hindu festival in West Bengal. It is also the most significant socio-cultural event of the state. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, typically September or October of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration of the festival occurs on five consecutive days: Sasthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dasami. It is another festival that depicts the triumph of Good over Evil as it is celebrates the victory of goddess Durga over demon Mahisasura.

Subho Maha Saptami Durga Puja 2017

Five famous pandals visited on Saptami in Kolkata.

Subho Maha Saptami Durga Puja 2017

Durga Puja, also referred to as Durgotsava (Festival of Durga), is a famous annual Hindu festival marked by worship of goddess Durga over the last five days of Navratri, in the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar. These five days are observed as Sasthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Vijayadasami. The festivities culminate on the tenth day on Vijayadasami when Durga idols are carried out in grand procession and immersed in the river or other water bodies. Durga Puja is a festivity of Good (goddess Durga) over Evil (demon Mahisasura). It is a worship of power of Good which always wins over the bad.

Subho Maha Sasthi Durga Puja 2017

Five famous pandals visited on Sasthi in Kolkata.

Subho Maha Sasthi Durga Puja 2017

Durga Puja is one of the biggest Hindu festivals in India that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and grandeur. Durga Puja is also known as Durgotsava and Sharadotsava. Durga Puja is particularly a significant festival of West Bengal. For Bangalis, it is a five days long festival celebration which is been observed as Sasthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadasami. The festival begins on Sasthi and ends on Dasami when the idol of goddess Durga is immersed into the rivers or any other water bodies. Festival of Durga Puja epitomises the triumph of Good (goddess Durga) over Evil (Mahisasura the demon). It is a worship of power of good which always wins over the evil.

Indian Festival of Maha Navratri 2017

Nine forms of Goddess Durga worshiped during nine days of Navratri.

Indian Festival of Maha Navratri 2017

Festival of Navratri (literally nine nights), also spelled Navaratri or Navarathri, is a significant nine-day Hindu festival celebrated in the autumn every year. There are four seasonal Navratri. Sharad Navratri is the most popular and significant of all four. That is why Sharad Navratri is also known as Maha Navratri. The festival, which marks the worship of Goddess Durga, begins today on September 21, 2017 with religious fervor and gaiety.

Indian Festival of Mahalaya 2017

Mahalaya marks the beginning of Durga Puja.

Indian Festival of Mahalaya 2017

Mahalaya is celebrated to mark the beginning of the ‘Devi Paksha’ and the end of the ‘Pitru Paksha’ (Shraddha or the mourning period). On this day, most Bengalis wake up in the pre-dawn hours at 4 am to tune into the ‘Mahisasura Mardini’ broadcast. The countdown to Durga Puja, one of the biggest festivals in India, begins from Mahalaya.

Indian Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi 2017

Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, wisdom and good luck.

Indian Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi 2017

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a ten day Hindu festival celebrated to honour God Ganesha’s birthday. Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesha is known by 108 different names, and is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. Lord Ganesha is worshipped by the believers at the beginning of any new ventures based on the belief that Ganesha can take away any obstacle that may come around. Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 begins on Friday, August 25 and ends on Tuesday, September 5.