India is known for a lot of its elements but the varying culture is unmatched, all over the world! With various cultures comes various festivals and we love celebrating each of them with great amounts of pomp and grandeur! Being in specific places during specific festivals can skyrocket the enjoyment of your festival experience by an umpteen amount!
Navratri, literally interpreted as ‘nine nights’ is the most celebrated Hindu festival devoted to Goddess Durga symbolizing purity and power or ‘shakti’. Navratri festival combines ritualistic puja and fasting and is accompanied by resplendent celebrations for nine consecutive days and nights. Defining both the religious and cultural themes, Navratri celebrations are seeped in traditional music and dance. ‘Garba’ is a devotional dance form that derives from the folklore of Lord Krishna singing and dancing with the gopis using ‘dandiya’ or slim wooden sticks. Although this festival is celebrated throughout India, nowhere is it performed with more panache and fervor than in Gujarat. A legendary unique folk dance form is performed which has variations and styles of executing dandiya steps like Dodhiyu, Popatiyu, Trikoniya, Lehree and many more.
Right after Dussehra, Diwali takes over the minds of everybody and is probably the most highly celebrated festival all over India! The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair, after Ram according to the Ramayana, returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and defeating Ravan. People wear new clothes or their best outfits on this day, diyas are lit and prayers are offered to goddess Lakshmi. After offering prayers to the gods, people generally go out and celebrate the joyousness of the festival by burning crackers. You can go to any corner of the country to enjoy this festival! The firecrackers in the sky and the positive and happy aura will lift your spirits instantly, no matter what you’re dealing with.
In Hinduism, Mother Durga represents the embodiment of shakti, the divine feminine force that governs all cosmic creation, existence and change. An alternative celebration in West Bengal, Durga is honored with extreme fervor during the Navratri festival. All over Kolkata, there are life sized idols of Durga depicting her slaying the demon, Mahishasura who could not be defeated by any god or man. elaborate pandals, or temporary temples made of bamboo and cloth, are created to house the idols. The idols are worshipped for five days and then carried in magnificent procession to a local river for immersion, symbolizing Durga’s reunion with Shiva. The food served to visitors at the pandals is called bhog, commonly consists of mixed vegetable curry, a sweet dish, fried item, and chutney, is something worth experiencing!
Ganesh Chaturthi is regarded as an important festival in the region of Maharashtra and is celebrated for seven to ten days when the entire state is decorated with lights. Probably the most anticipated festival in Mumbai is Ganesh Chaturthi, that celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festivities include a life-like clay model of Lord Ganesha that on the day of the festival, is placed on raised platforms in homes or in elaborately decorated outdoor tents for people to view and pay their homage. The priest, usually clad in red silk dhoti and shawl, then invokes life into the idol by the chanting of mantras. After the chanting, a tribute of 21 “modaks”, 21 “durva” blades and red flowers are offered. During the immersion of the idols, huge crowds flock the beach to witness the grand “Visarjan”. These processions start in the morning and continue till late night. In addition to these, there are public celebrations known as Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava. Many community pujas or celebrations are also held in almost every locality of the city.
Janamashtami commemorates the earthly appearance of Krishna, one of the most joyous and playful gods in Hindu mythology. Festivities begin before dawn and extend all day until midnight, the exact moment of the anniversary of Krishna’s appearance. Events include “kirtan” which is singing the Lord’s name along with other devotees and “japa” which is a more private and more intimate prayer. In Vrindavan and Mathura where this Hindu deity was born and spent his formative years, the splendor and zeal surrounding the festivities is unmatched. The most popular and grand can be witnessed at the Dwarkadhish Temple where Krishna is given a ritualistic bath in milk and curd. Several natyas or dramas and rasleelas are held all throughout the city of Vrindavan.
Room N House has accommodations all over India for you to travel and stay in absolute comfort and economical for every budget! We offer stays beyond hotels, so that you carry around an element of homeliness, where ever you go! Book your stay today to enjoy the wanderlust in you!