Janmasthami

Janmastami is celebrated on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna with great anthusiasm.  This festival is celebrated at midnight in all the temples of Krishna all over the country.  It is celebrated with great enthusiasm at Mathura and Brindavan where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.  Colourful Raslilas, song and dance depicting the life of Lord Krishna are performed all day and night.  On this day the night long prayers are offered, religious hymns are sung in temples and various scenes are enacted from Lord Krishna’s early life.  It is actually called Krishna Jayanthi.  The date falls not only on the eight day of the waning moon of Bhadrapad, but always on Rohini Nakshatra.

 

Guru Purnima

On Guru Purnima all the teachers are specially worshipped.  On this day the students worship their elders, teachers and guides in order to show respect to them with gifts of coconuts, clothes and sweets.  Discourses are held in community gatherings to hear the reading of the holy book, Bhagwad Gita.

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is the great night of Shiva, during which flowers of Shiva observe religious fasting and the offering of Bael (Bilva) leaves to Shiva.

Mahavir Jayanti

Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. It is one of the most famous festivals of the Jain community.  On this day, the Jains visit the sacred temples and offer prayers.

Holi Or Phagwah

Holi or Phagwah is a popular Spring Festival.  Holi commemorates the slaying of the demons Holika by Lord Vishnu’s devotee Prahalad.  Thus, the festival’s name is derived from the Sanskrit words “Holika Dahnam” which literally mean “Holika’s Slaying”.

Holi is popularly known as the ‘colour throwing festival’.  This festival is celebrated by the people all over the country.  Holi is a spring festival which is celebrated normally over two days in the month of March.  On the evening of the first day bonfires are lit, to symbolize the destruction of evil.  On the next day the people throw coloured powder and water on each other and exchange sweets.    

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