Madya Pradesh Festivals
Madya Pradesh is situated in the centre of India and the place for many fairs and festivals, celebrated throughout the year. Here all religious people celebrated the festivals in their own way. Especially, the tribal fairs and festivals show us the culture and lifestyle of colourful tribal. Jhabua and Bastar, the well-known areas for tribal festivals. During the celebrations, they enjoyed by drinking bouts and conducting the cockfights. Here is some list of festivals which celebrated with great pomp in Madhya Pradesh……
Pachmarhi Utsav celebrated at Pachmarhi area, where we can find beautiful greenery, murmuring waterfalls and famous archaeological areas. Here we can see very ancient houses with admirable construction. This area is blessed by nature and the Utsav celebrated for six days with great pomp every year. The celebrations started on 25 December and end after the New Year celebrations. The art of local artisans are famous and the Utsav hosts various exhibitions with crafts and local fabric. Cultural activities also performed to the visitors. The fair is a feast of enjoyment and passionate. The folk culture exhibits through local dancers. Many art and craft work exhibit here from all parts of India.
The festival falls in the month of September or October every year. According to Hindu calendar, the festival held on the Lunar month of Ashwin. Navratri means nine nights, during these nine days the devotees worshipped Shakti in nine different forms. On the 10th day celebrated Dussehra. The devotees from all over India take bath in Shipra River during the Navratri. The festival dedicated to the Goddess Durga and worships Her in nine different forms. During the festival celebrations, the dancers perform Garba Ras dance, which is a major attraction of Navratri. Every household prepares the variety of dishes and sweets to distribute to the neighbours and relatives.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Khajuraho, the famous UNESCO site and here the temples are rich cultured and sculptures. Once you heard of Khajuraho, the famous ‘Kamasutra’ principles appeared before you. Here magnificent sculptures taught us many lessons. With the backdrop of Khajuraho temples, many renowned traditional dancers perform their skills before the visitors on the festival. So this festival became very famous as Khajuraho Dance Festival. The temples are the places for culture and heritage of Inda, so through the dances, the artists show the pride of India to the rest of the world with their classical and traditional dances.
Lokrang Samaroh Bhopal
This Lokrang Samaroh fair held on the Republic day in Bhopal and continue for five days. The festival is celebrated to know the importance of our ancient culture. These festival celebrations started 19 years ago in Bhopal. In India, we can find different cultures and traditions. So during these five days celebrations, speculate every state’s culture and tradition. Sometimes the fair exhibits the cultures of West Indian states like Goa, Rajasthan, Gujarat and sometimes North Indian heritage and culture. The tribal people of India also perform their folk dances and art. The main concept of the festival is to bring awareness of different cultures and erase differences among the Indians.
This fair celebrated on a grand scale and one of the spectacular fairs of Madhya Pradesh. During the festival celebrations, the dancers perform the classical dances of India and the musicians display their skills to show the richness of ancient Indian tradition and culture. Indore and Ujjain are the main centres for the Malwa Utsav, celebrated for five days. Many tourists from India and Abroad gathered at these places to watch the magnificent performances by the artists. The classical five elements like dance, drama, music, art and culture performed at the high peak on this day. The local artesian exhibit the local craft works.
Maha Shiva Ratri
The festival is the significance of marriage between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. The festival falls in the month of February 13th or 14th every year. At the Khajuraho temples, this festival celebrated on a grand scale. Especially Kandariya Mahadeo temple is the prime place for the celebrations. The temple decorated with colourful lights and flowers. The 25-meter high Lingam dressed up as a bridegroom with traditional clothes. The priests celebrated the rituals and embrocate the Lingam with the scared water collected from holy rivers. The Brahmins continue their mantras throughout the night, at the end, all Brahmins stand up and leave the flower petals over the Lingam. During this time ring the bell continuously. The ritual is the indication that the marriage is completed.