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Visit Kumartuli in Kolkata to See Durga Idols Being Made

If you have marveled over the intricate beauty of the idols of Goddess Durga during the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, you have no doubt wondered how they are made. It is possible to see the idols being handcrafted. Where? Kumartuli Potter’s Town in north Kolkata. The settlement of Kumartuli, meaning “potter locality” (Kumar = …

Why Diwali Day is also Bandi Chhor Divas celebration?

Along with diyas and fireworks, the rich history of Amritsar comes alive as Sikh martial bodies or ‘Nihang Singh Jathebandis’ descend upon the city as celebrations for Diwali and ‘Bandi Chhor Divas’ begin. Bandi Chhor Divas (prisoner release day) is celebrated to mark the historical release of the sixth Sikh guru, Guru Hargobind, from the …

How do you celebrate Dashain festival?

Day 1: Ghatasthapana Ghaṭasthāpanā (घटस्थापना “sowing Jamara”) marks the beginning of Dashain Festival. It means placing a kalasha or a pot, which symbolizes goddess Durga. Ghaṭasthāpanā falls on the first day of the festival. On this day, the Kalash is filled with holy water and is then sewn with barley seeds. Then the Kalash is …

Mysore Dasara – The Colourful Festivities of Mysore

The grandeur of Karnataka can be witnessed in its full glory during the Mysore Dasara festivities. This 10-day festival is celebrated with great pomp and show, attracting tourists from far and wide. With magnificent processions, cultural events, fairs, and exhibitions, Mysuru Dasara is India’s most extraordinary Dussehra celebration. The festival is celebrated during Navratri and …

Golu

Why & How the Navaratri Golu is celebrated?

Navaratri, the nine-day autumn festival, is a celebration of women’s empowerment. Although the festival is celebrated across the length and breadth of India, the long-standing tradition of ‘Golu’ marks the celebrations here in the southern states. Golu (or Kolu) in Tamil refers to the display and decoration of dolls and figurines of human beings and …

How Kullu Dussehra is celebrated?

Kullu, the “Valley of Gods,” is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of Himachal Pradesh. This serene hill town of Northern India is famous for attracting visitors from far and wide. Also known as “Kulanthapitha,” the valley has always been a favorite destination for travelers to experience the mystical land and rustic way of …

Mapping Diwali Celebrations Across India

The Indian festival of Diwali is one of its most anticipated and widely celebrated festivals. Popular traditions mark it as the day Lord Ram defeated the demon, Ravana, and returned to his home city, Ayodhya. Southern parts of India call it Deepavali instead and celebrate the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. Irrespective of …

Where to see Ramlila performances across India?

While it is exciting to participate in the Navratri celebration of our city, it is always more interesting to take a sneak peek at other places that are also celebrating the same festival. We have curated a list of the top four places across India where grand Ramlila performances take place. The festive season in …

Dussehra Celebration

Dussehra Celebration All Over India

Dussehra, one of the main Hindu festivals, marks the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Ashvin or Kartik, at the end of the nine-day festival of Navratri. Though the essence of Dussehra remains the same, the festival is celebrated all over India differently. Here is …