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Hindu Festivlas

Hindu Festivals
The Hindu mythology overflows with kings and queens, gods and goddesses who live for thousands and thousands of years. With plenty of gods and goddesses, the festivals celebrating their birth and other events in their lives are also myriad. Each of these festivals would have a new story to narrate. 

Festivals heralding the spring:
The Hindu New Year , celebrated throughout the country begins with the arrival of spring. It marks a new beginning filled with hopes and expectations. During Gudi Padwa the elderly people read out the panchangam of the coming year. Lohri is the harvest festival rejoiced among the farming communities in Punjab...

On the birth of heroes:
Buddha Purnima is celebrated on the birth of Buddha in the sacred month of vaisakh. Hanuman Jayanti is a festival significant for the wrestlers and bodybuilders. Lord Hanuman is himself known for his physical strength. Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Krishna. Ram Navami celebrates the birth of Rama. Baisakhi , a festival for the sikh community, celebrates the birthday of their tenth Guru - Guru Gobind Singh. Ganesh Chaturthy is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who celebrates it every year by descending on earth for all his devotees in Maharashtra...

On the annual homecoming of the Gods and Goddesses:
A great hindu festival Diwali , the festival of lights, commemorates the return of lord Rama to the kingdom of Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. Durga Puja is the annual homecoming of goddess Durga for the people of West Bengal. Onam is celebrated in Kerala every year to welcome the king Mahabali to his land...

Festivals are not only about feasting but also fasting. Women in north India fast during Karva Chauth for the prosperity and longevity of their husbands. Varalakshmi Vritham is the karva chauth for the south Indians...

During Nag Panchami snakes are worshipped in different parts of the country. Makara Sankranthi celebrated in most parts of the country marks the beginning of sun’s journey towards capricon. Govardhan Puja celebrates the heroic act of lifting the mountain Govardhan by Krishna. During Kali Puja , people seek the help of goddess Kali in destroying negative vibes. Navaratri , a festival that goes on for nine days and nights, celebrated the victory of good over evil. During Saraswati Puja , the goddess of wisdom Saraswathi is worshipped. During Lakshmi Puja , people pray for wealth and prosperity.

Festivals like Bhai Dooj and Raksha Bandhan pays tribute to the brother-sister relationship.

One of the most colourful Hindu festivals, Holi is the festival of colours when the legend of Holika is retold every year. There are several tales associated with Maha Shivrathri . According to one, the day marks the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati.

Rath yatra is the festival of chariots celebrated by people of all economic and social background in the state of Orissa.

Here we have provided you with information that can give you a feel of these Hindu festivals.
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