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A country of many climates, many languages and many beliefs, Indians are constantly celebrating a festival or a fair. Some mark the passing of seasons; there are six seasons and each one is ushered with festivities in different ways in the many parts of India. Local faiths being many - festivals in India are many too. The land being ancient - old customs, traditions continue to be followed and culminate in celebrations of varied order. The varied fairs and festivals of India add color and integrity to this beautiful land of culture. More

Its' people speak a total of 1,652 dialects and has 15 officially recognized languages with a cuisine that undergoes changes every 200 km. Lifestyles and customs vary every few hundred kms. Each state promotes its tourist wonders. It has myriad festivals, in rhythm with the cycle of the seasons, with sowings and harvesting. Elsewhere, around them have grown legends most depicting the victory of good over evil. Before Independence, many persons counted their age or an important event in their lives connecting them with particular festivals during their birth years! These were the punctuation marks in the story of their life.

Fairs are the focal point of socio, economic activities and attract people from far and near - a camel to be sold – like the Pushkar camel cattle fair, a land deal to be negotiated, a marriage to be fixed- a meeting place is necessary & fairs are ideal!

Two cycles of the moon per month, 365 days in a year - there is a fair, a festival in some isolated corner, perhaps unnoticed elsewhere - all the same a celebration! Some of these functions make a pleasant interlude for visitors who chance upon them, while others are worth the effort of a special trip!

The Indian calendar is a long procession of festivals in India; if you can find yourself in the right place at the right time; it is possible to go through your visit with a festival each day! Pongal, the harvest festival of the South India the immersion of Ganesh in Mumbai, Ratha Yatra, the car festival of Puri, snake-boat races in Kerala, Republic Day celebrated in Delhi & all the regions, every faith has something to celebrate. Let us look at them month wise. Less

Alwar Festival
Destination: Alwar (Rajasthan)

Duration: 29 Jan 2020

Alwar is a popular tourist attraction located in the foothills of the Aravallis. The variety of attractions in Alwar makes it very popular among tourists. Visiting Alwar has turned so much attractive for a number of other reasons as well. Alwar also celebrates a number of festivals. These festivals are also very popular among the tourists as they are able to get a close view of the culture of Alwar. Moreover, during these festivals, Alwar boasts a great look. The most popular festival of Alwar is the Alwar Festival. Held from February 13 to February 15th, a great procession through the streets marks the opening of this festival.

Attractions of Alwar Festival
Visiting the Alwar Festival will be a great experience. The festival lasts for three days. It is organized by the district administration. The organizing of the fair also has a definite purpose. It mainly serves the purpose of promoting Alwar tourism. The festival also serves the purpose of reflecting the diversity of the district. This festival also focuses a lot on the rural activities of the local people thus providing a true picture of the place.
There are also a number of other activities of the fair. You can see events like fancy dress competition, elephant polo, sketching competition for children and flower show. The Alwar Festival also exhibits a number of and antique items of the region. The festival also organizes film show.
Alwar is only 163 kms away from the Delhi airport. Alwar with a number of important places like Sariska, Deeg, Jaipur, Delhi etc. Alwar is also easily accessible by the railway network as well. The railway network also connects to a number of important cities like Jodhpur, Mumbai, Delhi etc

Amarnath Yatra
Destination: Kashmir

Duration: 23 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020

In the month of Shravan, thousands of pilgrims make an arduous trek up to the Amarnath cave in the Kashmir Himalayas. They come to worship the sacred ice Lingam – a symbol of Lord Shiva, which is a natural phenomenon.

The legend about the importance of Amarnath ji cave is chosen by Bhole Shankar for narrating the secrets of immortality and creation of Universe to Maa Parvati Ji. The story goes like this. Centuries ago Maa Parvati Shiv Ji to let her know why and when he started wearing the beads of heads (Mund Mala). Bhole Shankar replied whenever you are born I add one more head in my beads. Maa Parvati said, "My Lord, my body is destroyed every time and I die again and again, but you are immortal. Please let me know the secret of this. "Bhole Shankar replied that it is due to Amar Katha.

When to take up Yatra: The Amarnath Yatra is organized every year and the registration is done by the J&K Govt. during the month of Sharavan July the dates however, vary every year looking at the weather conditions and according to Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) in the month of Sharavan (Vikrama Samwat). Yatra to Baba Amarnath Holy Cave for which one has to trek a height of about 14500 Ft. is full of thrill and joy.

Ayurveda Jhansi Mahotsava
Destination: Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

Duration: 14 Feb 2020 - 28 Feb 2020

Ayurveda Jhansi Mahotsava is a weeklong festival organised to showcase the arts and crafts of Jhansi. It is a perfect place for poetry lovers to pay their tributes to the famous poets of the region. Cultural programs organised at the festival include folk songs, dances, mushairas and ghazals.

Jhansi Mahotsava also promotes Ayurveda and use of Ayurveda for well being, hence the festival is known as Ayurveda Jhansi Mahotsava.

Baisakhi - Harvest Festival
Destination: North India

Duration: 14 Apr 2020

An important day for the Sikh community, Baisakhi is of special significance, when their tenth teacher, Guru Gobind Singh, founded the Khalsa sect. It also marks the beginning of the solar New Year for the Hindus. There is a lot of feasting, dancing and jubilation especially all over north India particularly Punjab on April 13. The Hindu New Year finds expression in these exuberant festivals. Baisakhi celebrations in Punjab are spectacular, as this is a very special day for the Sikhs. It was on this day that Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa. Robust revelry and feasting mark the celebrations and dancers perform the vigorous Bhangra to the rhythmic beat of the drums.

In Kerala, the festival is known as Vishnu. ‘Vishu Kani’ – a display of grain, fruit, flowers, gold, new cloth and money, is viewed early in the morning to ensure a prosperous year ahead. Firework displays and the buying of New clothes are a part of the festivities.

Known as Rangali Bihu in Assam, the festivals is celebrated with lively dances, music and feasting.

Baneshwar Fair
Destination: Dungarpur (Rajasthan)

Duration: 5 Feb 2020 - 9 Feb 2020

The name Baneshwar is derived from the revered Shiva Linga which is kept in the Mahadev Temple in Dungarpur.”Baneshwar” means; the master of the delta in the local vagdi language and this name was given to the Shiva Linga. The Baneshwar fair is held at small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadasi to Magh Shukla Pornima.
A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals, this fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of tribal’s from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva. On Magh Shukla Ekadasi, the priest called the Mathadish arrives at the fair site from Sabla, in huge procession. A 16 cms Silver Image of Msbji on horseback is also brought here.
The Baneshwar fair in its present form is actually a merger of two fairs: one which used to be held in honors of Baneshwar Mahadev (Lord Shiva) and another fair which started after the construction of the Vishnu temple by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji, a highly revered saint considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The Baneshwar fair is predominantly a tribal fair with more than half of the congregation consisting of Bhils. They revere Baneshwar Mahadev as well as Mavji. The majority of the gathering is from the districts of Dungarpur, Udaipur and Banswara.
Two disciples of Mavji named Aje and Vaje built the Lakshmi Narayana temple near the confluence of rivers Som and Mahi. The pran-pratishtha ceremony of the idols was performed on Magh Shukla Ekadashi and since then, the fair is held on this day.
The priest called the Mathadish arrives at the fair site from Sabha, in huge procession. A 16 cms silver image of Mavji on horseback is also brought here. The river water supposedly becomes holier when the Mathadish takes a bath. Prayers are offered five times a day in the temples of Lakshmi-Narayana and Brahma. Brass gongs are struck at the time of aarti. During the fair, aarti of Mathadish is also performed and Raslila takes place at night in the Lakshmi Narayana temple.
The fair site is at a distance of 6.5 kms from Sabla, a village on the Udaipur-Banswar-Dungarpur route which is at distance of 123 kms from Udaipur, 53 kms from Banswara, 45 kms from Dungarpur and 22 kms from Aspur, the Tehsil headquarters. On normal days, one has to reach Sabla from Baneshwar on foot or on private carts. However, buses go left up to the bank of the river Som during the fair.

Banganga Fair
Destination: Bairath, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Duration: 12 Jan 2020 - 13 Jan 2020

The Banganga Fair is held annually near a rivulet 11 kms from the historical township of Bairath in Jaipur district, on the full moon day of Vaishakh (April - May). The stream is believed to have been created by Arjun, one of the Pandavas. This area is identified with the settlement of Viratpuri of the epic days.
At the site is the Radha - Krishnaji temple which was built by Shri Nadram Bakshi of Jaipur more than 200 years ago. For Hindu, Purnima (full moon day) in the month of Vaishkh holds a lot of significance.
Visiting the Banganga to the holy sites in the vicinity at this time is therefore considered very auspicious by the pilgrims who come from Alwar, Behror, Jaipur Bharatpur and many other places. Devotees gather at the Shri Radha Krishnaji’s temple and sing bhajans (devotional songs) to glorify ghats (a flight of steps leading to the water) of the Banganga river with the belief that it has powers to purify the soul.
The people then proceed to the nearby shrines of Hanuman and Ganga Bihari and also visit the Mahadeo Temple and the Math of Goaswamiji. Bairath is 85 kms from Jaipur on a diversion from National Highway No 08 near Shahpura which connects Alwar.
Bharatpur – Brij Festivals
The Brij Festivals takes place a few days before Holi, the festival of colorful. Held in honor of Lord Krishna, this festival is marked by verve and zest. Villagers, in gay, multihued attire, can be seen singing and performing the Raslila Dance-the immortal love story of Radha and Krishna.
All of Bharatpur comes alive to the sound of folk melodies on this festival held on the eve of Holi, men and women, young and old, rich and poor - all are touched by the spirit of this festival. Boisterous revelers spare no one during this festival and delight in splashing color on everyone around. Bharatpur is situated on the Delhi – Mumbai main railway line and also on National Highway No 11(Bikaner – Agra).

Bikaner Camel Festival
Destination: Bikaner (Rajasthan)

Duration: 11 Jan 2020 - 12 Jan 2020

A festival where the hardy ships of the desert are seen at their best a colorful spectacle the beautifully decorated camels fascinate the onlookers with their languid charm and grace. A celebration of joyous music, the precession of the Camel Corps is the highlight of the festival. The Camel Festival begins with a colorful procession of bedecked camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort, the festivity advances to the open sand-spreads of the grounds, followed by the best breed competition, the tug-of-war contest, camel dance & acrobatics, etc. The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their trainers. Bridal, bridles, bejeweled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands cast a magical spell. The evenings close with a different tenor and tempo altogether: a traditional rendezvous of renowned artistes of Rajasthan & the local folk performers. The jubilant skirt-swirling dancers, the awe inspiring fire dance & the dazzling fireworks light up the fortified desert city of Bikaner.

Destination: Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Duration: 4 Mar 2020 - 18 Mar 2020

Tirumala Brahmotsavam is a Hindu festival celebrated annually at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. According to Hindu mythology the history behind this Festival traces to Lord Brahma (Creator of universe). It is believed that Lord Brahma worshipped Sri Balaji on the banks of the holy Pushkarini in Tirupati. Lord Brahma wanted to thank Sri Balaji for Balaji’s protection of mankind.

Thousands of devotees every year gather to witness this grand Festival, participate in the rituals, and receive the blessings of Sri Venkateswara swami. The complete 9 day Festival is a memorable experience for all tourists and devotees. The feeling of complete bliss and heavenly connect is often termed as “Vaikunth anubhav”.

On the first day of the Festival Garudadhwaja (flag with the emblem of a black garuda) is hoisted near the Srivari Alaya Dhwajasthambham. A procession then proceeds of Lord Venkateswara on the Pedda Seshavahana proceeds around four streets of the main temple for two hours until midnight.Ankurarpana and Senadhipati Utsavam are celebrated on the day just before the first day of Brahmotsavam. In the Brahmotsav celebrations, the powerful snake transforms itself as the vehicle for god. The moral behind the prayers that are offered during Garodtsav, is to pray to God for a living with high values and morals.

Braj Mahotsav
Destination: Bharatpur (Rajasthan)

Duration: 6 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020

The Brij Festival takes place a few days before Holi, (the festival of colors) in the month of March. Held in honour of Lord Krishna, this festival is marked by verve and zest. Villagers, in gay, multihued attire, can be seen singing and performing the Raslila dance (dance depicting the immortal love-story of Radha and Krishna).
All of Bharatpur echoes the sound of folk melodies on this festival held on the eve of Holi. The spirit of this festival touches men and women, young and old, rich and poor-all. Boisterous revelers spare no one during this festival and delight in splashing colour on everyone around.
Bharatpur is situated on the Delhi - Mumbai main railway line and also on National Highway no. 11. The nearest airport is in Agra 56 kms.

Buddha Purnima - Buddha Birthday
Destination: All Over India

Duration: 7 May 2020

Buddha Poornima, which falls on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha (either in April or May), commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Notwithstanding the summer heat (the temperature routinely touches 45 degrees C), pilgrims come from all over the world to Bodh Gaya to attend the Buddha Poornima celebrations. The day is marked with prayer meets, sermons on the life of Gautam Buddha, religious discourses, continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, worship of the statue of Buddha. The Mahabodhi Temple wears a festive look and is decorated with colourful flags and flowers. The Chinese scholar, Fa-Hien has recorded celebration of this festival.

He attained Supreme Enlighten or Buddha hood, beneath the Bodhi-tree at Boddha Gaya. Forty-five years later at the age of eighty, he finally passed away in Parinivana on the same day of the year at Kushinagar. Vaisaka Purnima is celebrated especially in Boddha Gaya, Lumbini and in Kushinara as they are the holy places that were connected with the blessed ones birth, enlighten and the Parinirvana. Buddhists in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Japan and quite a number of western Buddhists participate 'Vaisaka' Purnima Day religious activities in a festive mood. Sarnath the capital of Buddhism too celebrates Vaisaka Purnima day in a grand way.

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