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Maharashtra Festivals


Name of Festival/ Event Brief Info

Month

Gudi Padwa

To welcome of New Hindu Year, Gudi (metal kalash with silk cloth) is set on bamboo pole in front of house and local parade of Maharashtrian culture.

March

Naag Panchami

A snake worshipping festival

August

Ganesh Festival

In honour of Lord Ganesha, idols of Ganesha brings home and worships in full ethusism and joy. After festival is over, idols are immersed in the water. Specially in Mumbai and Pune one can check the magnificent decoration of pandals made for Lord Ganesha by different mandals. One of them is www.lalbaugcharaja.com.

August/ September

Dahi Handi

Celebration of birth anniversary of Lord Krishna , human pyramids are set to break dahi handi

August

Navratri

Dedicated to Goddess Durga, it is nine day festival in worshipping of nine avators of Goddess Mother.

Septmeber/October

Do you know, In the year 2012, Jai Jawan Mitra Mandal of Jogeshwari, equalled the world record of nine levels. Check www.dahikala.com for more details.

Dances of Maharashtra

Sr. No. Dance Name Particulars

More Info

1.

Lezim

Perform normally during some formal events.

2.

Phugadi

Perform by women with full joy on festive season.

3.

Kolyacha Naach

Folk Dance of Fishermen of Kokan coastal

4.

Dashavatar

Traditional Dance of Kokan region of combination of stage play and dance

5.

Tamasha / Lavni

Traditional Folk Dance

6.

Dindi Dance

Devotional dance by Warkari (devotes) who goes to Pandhrapur every year.

www.varkari.org

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