Explanation on Festivals

Mahalaskshmi Vrata is a puja performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of Mahalakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Karthikai deepam is an ancient festival of lights celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the full moon day of Karthikai Month (November/December).  This occurs on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (Pleiades) and Purnima.  It is the same as Kartik Purnima;  since tamils follow the Hindu Solar calendar with correction for precession of the equinoxes, the Tamil date matches the actual constellation.

Yatra / Rath Yatra (also Zatra and Jatra) refers to the pilgrimage festivals celebrated at Hindu Temples.  Greatest temple festival in honour of Lord Jagannath (Lord of the Universe).  Idols and Murtis are taken out on special procession in a Palkhi(a palanquin) or a Chariot called the Rath. Every temple observes this festival once a year on the traditional day.  Three colossal chariots drawn from Puri temple by thousands of pilgrims.  Similar festivals, on a samaller scale, take place at Ramnagar (near Varanasi), Serampre (near Calcutta) and Jangannathpur (near Ranchi).