All About Indian Monsoon Festivals
Monsoon is here, and along with it comes a slew of Indian Monsoon festivals. Just like the aroma of the wet earth, is the festive and celebratory mood lingering in the air. This time let us explore the famous Indian monsoon festivals and their significance.
Snakes are considered to be auspicious and are equally feared. Nag Panchami is a festival dedicated to the King Cobra. This important monsoon festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar. An idol of the Nag is bathed in the 5 important and auspicious ingredients: milk, curd, ghee, coconut water and honey.
This unique Indian festival celebrates the love and bonding between brothers and sisters. Famous all over the country for its sweet significance, this festival, also known as Rakhi is celebrated on the last day of the month of Shravan in the Hindu calendar. It celebrates the protective relationship between a brother and a sister.
This festival marks the birth of Lord Krishna on the eighth day of Shravan month of the Hindu calendar. Celebrations are all across the nation. To mark this festival, the Bhagavad Gita or the Holy Scripture is recited. Fasting on this day is also a common ritual.
Puri Rath Yatra:
This festival is going to be celebrated on July 14th of this year. Originating in Orissa, this festival marks Jagannath’s visit to the Gundicha Temple situated close to Balagandi Chaka in Puri. This festival is commemorative of the annual visit of Jagannath.
Celebrated all over the country, this festival marks the birth ceremony of Lore Ganesh. He is considered to destroy all obstacles during the beginning of any new endeavor. It is a 10 day festival that honours Lord Ganesh. His favourite sweet, Modak is prepared in homes and distributed among family and friends.
Teej is celebrated in and around the northern and western parts of India. It is celebrated to welcome the arrival of the monsoon clouds that fertilize the land. Women celebrate this festival with grand dresses, henna coloured hands and elaborate feasts. Some people dedicate this festival to Lady Parvathi.
Celebrated mostly in Kerala, this festival marks the return of Emperor Mahabali. The highlight of this festival is the trademark large floral rangoli, the tiger dance and the boat races. They sing the traditional folklore songs and perform the traditional dance of mohiniattam and kathakali.
This festival is popular in areas surrounding Ladakh and Leh. It is celebrated with the folk drum beats and musical instruments. The Mask Dance is performed during this festival.
Celebrated in Himachal Pradesh with a lot of pomp and fanfare. It is a fair that is held every year during the monsoon festival. It brings to life the rich cultural heritage of India.
This festival is celebrated among the farmers to ward off the evil forces that prevent a good produce. It is celebrate around the time of Rath yatra, after sowing seeds of the Kharif crops.
Celebrated in and around Goa as a part of the Portuguese cultural heritage, this festival that has people wearing crowns made of fruits and leaves. People jump into shallow wells to celebrate this festival.
This festival commemorates the day when Ganga was incarnated on Earth. People believe that the 10 different sins that can be committed by a person can be washed off by taking a holy dip in the Ganga River on the eve of this festival.
This festival is celebrated at the beginning of the monsoon to pay a tribute to the water resources. A tank at the Pachai Amman Temple is said to have medicinal properties. People visit this temple and partake a few drops of water from the pond in the temple.
With many festivals of India lined up during the monsoon, there is much to look forward to. Let us usher the refreshing monsoon in.