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Utsavam - Festivals of Bharatavarsha

(Month names vary across different calendars. Festival days may vary by a day across different parts of the country. Refer also to Festivals by Deities)

Season
(Ritu)
Masa & PakshaFestival
पौष (Pausha) - (Thai) (Makara) (Jan - Feb)
Winter season
शिशिर
(Shishira)
[Winter]
पौष पूर्णिमा
(Pausha Poornima)
(Jan - Feb)
Shakambari Jayanti:

  • Shakambari Jayanti is the day which celebrates the appearance of Devi Shakambari. Devi Shakambari provided food to the hungry and vanquished demon Durgama. Shakambari Jayanti falls on Pausha Poornima.
    - Shakambari Mahatmyam (Devi Bhagavatam 7.28)
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye (Devi Mahatmyam)
    - Ya Devi Sarvabhutesu (Devi Mahatmyam)
    - Banashankari Pratah Smaran
    - Shakambari Devi Chalisa

  • Winter season
    शिशिर
    (Shishira)
    [Winter]
    मकर संक्रान्ति
    (Makara Sankranti)
    First day when Sun enters Makara Rasi
    (Jan - Feb)
    Makara Shankranti (Pongal):

    Field Makara Shankranti is the harvest festival of India. Makara Shankranti falls on the first day when the Sun enters the Makara Rasi. This normally falls on middle of January every year.



    Special Temple Festivals during Pausha:
    • Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple: Thaipusam for 10 days (Jan - Feb)
    • Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple: Makara Vilakku for 7 days (Jan - Feb)
    माघ (Maagha) - (Maasi) (Kumbha) (Feb - Mar)
    Winter season
    शिशिर
    (Shishira)
    [Winter]
    माघ शुक्लपक्ष पञ्चमी
    (Maagha Shuklapaksha Panchami)
    (Feb - Mar)
    Vasant Panchami - Saraswati Puja:

  • Vasant Panchami is the day in which Devi Saraswati is worshipped. Vasant Panchami falls on the Magha Shukla Paksha Panchami.
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye (Devi Mahatmyam)
    - Ya Devi Sarvabhutesu (Devi Mahatmyam)
    - Namaste Sharade Devi
    - Saraswati Mahabhage
    - Saraswati Namastubhyam
    - Saraswati Mantras (Rig Veda 1.4.28 to 1.4.30)
    - Saraswati Stotram (Sage Agastya)
    - Sharada Bhujangam (Adi Shankara)
    - Shuklam Brahma Vicara Sara
    - Saraswati Devi Chalisa

  • Winter season
    शिशिर
    (Shishira)
    [Winter]
    माघ शुक्लपक्ष सप्तमी
    (Maagha Shuklapaksha Saptami)
    (Feb - Mar)
    Ratha Saptami:

  • Ratha Saptami is the day in which the Sun God (Surya) is worshipped. Ratha Saptami falls on the Magha Shukla Paksha Saptami.
    - Aditya Hridayam (Valmiki Ramayana)
    - Suryashtakam





  • Winter season
    शिशिर
    (Shishira)
    [Winter]
    Tamil month Thai with Pusam nakshatra on Poornima
    (Jan - Feb)
    Thaipusam:

    Sri Murugan Thaipusam is a South Indian festival day which commemorates the occasion when Devi Parvati gave Murugan the Vel (Spear) to vanquish demon Soorapadman. Thaipusam falls on the day when the Pusam nakshatra is in ascendency on Poornima day in the Tamil month of Thai.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Murugan
    - Pilgrimages of Murugan


    Winter season
    शिशिर
    (Shishira)
    [Winter]
    माघ कृष्णपक्ष चतुर्दशी
    (Maagha Krishnapaksha Chaturdashi)
    (Feb - Mar)
    Maha Shivaratri:

    Sri Shiva Maha Shivaratri is the night in which Lord Shiva is worshipped. Devotees keep awake all night during this auspicious time and worship the Lord. Maha Shivaratri falls on Magha Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Shiva
    - Pilgrimages of Shiva


    Special Temple Festivals during Maagha:
    • Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman Temple: Maasi Mahotsavam for 21 days (Feb - Mar)
    • Guruvayur Krishna Temple: Annual Festival for 10 days (Feb - Mar)
    • Shiv Khori Cave Shrine: Shiv Khori Mela for 3 days during Shivaratri (Feb - Mar)
    • Srikalahasti Srikalahasteeswara Temple: Shivaratri Brahmotsavam for 12 days (Feb - Mar)
    • Tiruchendur Senthil Andavar Temple: Maasi Brahmotsavam for 12 days (Feb - Mar)
    फाल्गुन (Phaalguna) - (Panguni) (Meena) (Mar - Apr)
    Spring season
    वसन्त
    (Vasanta)
    [Spring]
    फाल्गुन पूर्णिमा
    (Phaalguna Poornima)
    (Mar - Apr)
    Holi:

    Sri Krishna Holi is the festival of colours. Holi falls on Phalguna Shukla Paksha Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Krishna
    - Pilgrimages of Sri Krishna


    Spring season
    वसन्त
    (Vasanta)
    [Spring]
    Tamil month Panguni with Uthiram nakshatra on Poornima
    (Mar - Apr)
    Panguni Uthiram:

    Shiva-Parvati marriage Panguni Uthiram is a South Indian festival day on which marriage ceremonies of many divine personages have taken place: Shiva - Parvati, Rama - Sita, Murugan - Deivanai etc. These marriage ceremonies are commemorated on many temples on this day. Panguni Uthiram falls on the day when the Uthiram nakshatra is in ascendancy on Poornima day in the Tamil month of Panguni.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Shiva
    - Stotras of Devi Parvati
    - Stotras of Sri Rama
    - Stotras of Devi Sita


    Special Temple Festivals during Phaalguna:
    • Chennai Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple: Panguni festival for 10 days (Mar - Apr)
    • Kanchipuram Ekambareswara Temple: Panguni Uthiram for 13 days (Mar - Apr)
    • Kollur Mookambika Temple: Annual Car festival for 9 days (Mar - Apr)
    • Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple: Panguni Uthiram for 10 days (Mar - Apr)
    • Thiruvanaikkaval Jambukeshwara Temple: Panguni Brahmotsavam for 40 days (Mar - Apr)
    • Thiruvananthapuram Padmanabhaswamy Temple: Annual festival during Meenam for 10 days (Mar - Apr)
    • Thiruvanmiyur Marundeeswarar Temple: Panguni Thiruvizha for 11 days (Mar - Apr)
    चैत्र (Chaitra) - (Chitthirai) (Mesha) (Apr - May)
    Spring season
    वसन्त
    (Vasanta)
    [Spring]
    चैत्र शुक्लपक्ष तृतीया
    (Chaitra Shuklapaksha Tritiya)
    (Apr - May)
    Matsya Jayanti:

    Sri Matsya Avatara Matsya Jayanti is the day which celebrates the appearance of Matsya Avatara of Lord Vishnu. Matsya Jayanti falls on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritiya.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Vishnu


    Spring season
    वसन्त
    (Vasanta)
    [Spring]
    चैत्र शुक्लपक्ष तृतीया
    (Chaitra Shuklapaksha Tritiya)
    (Apr - May)
    Gangaur (Gauri Tritiya):

    Devi Gauri Gangaur (Gauri Tritiya) is a festival celebrated specially in Rajasthan where women worship Devi Gauri. Gangaur starts on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Prathama and continues for several days. Gauri Tritiya falls on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritiya.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Parvati
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Parvati


    Spring season
    वसन्त
    (Vasanta)
    [Spring]
    चैत्र शुक्लपक्ष नवमी
    (Chaitra Shuklapaksha Navami)
    (Apr - May)
    Rama Navami:

    Sri Rama Rama Navami is the day in which the birth of Sri Rama is celebrated. Sri Rama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sri Rama was born to king Dasharatha and queen Kaushalya in Ayodhya. Rama Navami falls on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Rama
    - Pilgrimages of Sri Rama


    Spring season
    वसन्त
    (Vasanta)
    [Spring]
    चैत्र पूर्णिमा
    (Chaitra Poornima)
    (Apr - May)
    Hanuman Jayanti:

    Bhakta Hanuman Hanuman Jayanti is the day in which the birth of Sri Hanuman is celebrated. Sri Hanuman was born to father Kesari and mother Anjani. Hanuman Jayanti falls on Chaitra Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Bhakta Hanuman


    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    Tamil month Chitirai on Poornima
    (Apr - May)
    Chitra Poornima:

    Shiva Chitra Poornima is a South Indian festival day in which the devotees pray to Chitragupta (assistant of Yama) and bathe in holy rivers and temple ponds to wash off their sins. Also, on this day, it is said that Indra Deva was redeemed of his sins at Madurai in the vicinity of a Shiva Lingam under a Kadamba tree. In rememberance of this event a Devendra Puja is observed in Madurai Meenakshi Temple. Chitra Poornima falls on Poornima in the Tamil month of Chitirai.


    Special Temple Festivals during Chaitra:
    • Ayodhya City: Rama Navami Ratha Yatra (Apr - May)
    • Baragaon Sun Temple: Chhath Puja during Chaitra (Mar - Apr)
    • Bhubaneswar Lingaraja Temple: Ratha Yatra on Ashokashtami (Apr - May)
    • Chennai Thiruvallikeni Parthasarathy Swamy Temple: Annual Brahmotsavam for 10 days (Apr - May)
    • Madurai Meenakshi Temple: Chithirai Brahmotsavam for 12 days (Apr - May)
    • Melukote Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple: Sri Vairamudi Brahmotsavam for 10 days (Mar - Apr)
    • Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple: Agni Nakshatram for 14 days (Apr - May)
    • Sholingur Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple: Chithirai Brahmotsavam for 10 days (Apr - May)
    • Thirukadaiyur Amritaghateswarar - Abirami Amman Temple: Kalasamhara Thiruvizha for 18 days (Apr - May)
    वैशाख (Vaishakha) - (Vaigaasi) (Rishabha) (May - Jun)
    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    वैशाख शुक्लपक्ष तृतीया
    (Vaishakha Shuklapaksha Tritiya)
    (May - Jun)
    Parashurama Jayanti:

    Sri Parashurama Parashurama Jayanti is the day in which the birth of Sri Parashurama is celebrated. Sri Parashurama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sri Parashurama was born to sage Jamdagni and mother Renuka. Parashurama Jayanti falls on Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Tritiya.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Vishnu


    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    वैशाख शुक्लपक्ष तृतीया
    (Vaishakha Shuklapaksha Tritiya)
    (May - Jun)
    Akshaya Tritiya:

    Devi Ganga Akshaya Tritiya is the day in which the descent of river Ganga from Brahmaloka is celebrated. Akshaya Tritiya falls on Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Tritiya.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Ganga
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Ganga


    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    वैशाख शुक्लपक्ष सप्तमी
    (Vaishakha Shuklapaksha Saptami)
    (May - Jun)
    Ganga Saptami:

    Devi Ganga Ganga Saptami or Jahnu Saptami is the day in which the release of river Ganga by Jahnu Muni is celebrated. Jahnu Muni drank the river Ganga when she inundated his sacrificial arena. Later on the Muni released the river from his right ear. Ganga therefore came to be known as Jahnavi, or the daughter of Jahnu Muni. Ganga Saptami falls on Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Saptami.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Ganga
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Ganga


    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    वैशाख शुक्लपक्ष नवमी
    (Vaishakha Shuklapaksha Navami)
    (May - Jun)
    Sita Navami:

    Devi Sita Sita Navami is the day in which the birth of Devi Sita is celebrated. Devi Sita was found by king Janaka while ploughing the field for a yagya. Queen Sunayana is the mother of Devi Sita. Sita Navami falls on Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Navami.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Sita


    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    वैशाख शुक्लपक्ष चतुर्दशी
    (Vaishakha Shuklapaksha Chaturdashi)
    (May - Jun)
    Narasimha Jayanti:

    Sri Narasimha Narasimha Jayanti is the day in which the appearance of Sri Narasimha is celebrated. Sri Narasimha is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sri Narasimha appeared from a pillar to kill demon Hiranyakashipu, and also prove the words of Prahlada true that Vishnu is everywhere, even in the pillar pointed out by Hiranyakashipu. Narasimha Jayanti falls on Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Narasimha
    - Pilgrimages of Sri Narasimha


    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    वैशाख पूर्णिमा
    (Vaishakha Poornima)
    (May - Jun)
    Kurma Jayanti:

    Sri Kurma Avatara Kurma Jayanti is the day which celebrates the appearance of Kurma Avatara of Lord Vishnu. Kurma Jayanti falls on Vaishakha Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Vishnu


    Special Temple Festivals during Vaishakha:
    • Badrinath and Kedarnath: Badri Kedar Festival for 8 days (Jun)
    • Bhubaneswar Lingaraja Temple: Chandana Yatra for 21 days (May - Jun)
    • Chennai Thirumullaivoyal Masilamaneeswarar Temple: Vaikasi Brahmotsavam (May - Jun)
    • Kanyakumari Devi Temple: Annual festival for 10 days (May - Jun)
    • Puri Jagannath Temple: Chandana Yatra for 21 days (May - Jun)
    • Simhachalam Varaha Narasimha Temple: Chandanotsavam during Akshaya Tritiya (Apr - May)
    • Thrissur Vadakkunnathan Temple: Thrissur Pooram for 7 days (Apr - May)
    ज्यैष्ठ (Jyaishttha) - (Aani) (Mithuna) (Jun - Jul)
    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    ज्यैष्ठ अमावास्या
    (Jyaishttha Amavasya)
    (Jun - Jul)
    Vat Savitri Vrata:

    Banyan Tree Vat Savitri Vrata is the day which remembers the incident of Savitri bringing back the life of Satyavan from Yama Deva. Married woman observe fast and tie threads around a banyan tree for long life of their husband. Vat Savitri Vrata falls on Jyaistha Amavasya.


    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    ज्यैष्ठ शुक्लपक्ष दशमी
    (Jyaishttha Shuklapaksha Dashami)
    (Jun - Jul)
    Ganga Dussehra:

    Devi Ganga Ganga Dussehra is the day in which the descent of river Ganga on earth is celebrated. Ganga Dussehra falls on Jyaistha Shukla Paksha Dasami.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Ganga

    - Pilgrimages of Devi Ganga


    Special Temple Festivals during Jyaishttha:
    • Chidambaram Nataraja Temple: Aani Thirumanjanam (Jun - Jul)
    • Kamrup Devi Kamakhya Temple: Ambubasi Mela for 4 days (Jun - Jul)
    • Puri Jagannath Temple: Snana Yatra on Jyaishttha Poornima (Jun - Jul)
    • Sambalpur City: Sitalsasthi on Jyaishttha Shukla Shasthi (Jun - Jul)
    आषाढ (Aashaddha) - (Aadi) (Kataka) (Jul - Aug)
    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    आषाढ शुक्लपक्ष द्वितीया
    (Aashaddha Shuklapaksha Dwitiya)
    (Jul - Aug)
    Jagannath Ratha Yatra:

    Sri Jagannath Jagannath Ratha Yatra is the famous car festival celebrated in Puri. Three rathas or chariots are well-decorated and houses the idols of Sri Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra. Thousands of people take part in this festival where the chariots are pulled and taken to Gundicha Temple, the aunt's house of the Lord. Jagannath Ratha Yatra falls on Aasaddha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Krishna
    - Pilgrimages of Sri Krishna


    Summer season
    ग्रीष्म
    (Grishma)
    [Summer]
    Tamil month Aani with Uthiram nakshatra
    (Jun - July)
    Aani Uthiram:

    Shiva Aani Uthiram is a South Indian festival day when the Aani Thirumanjanam (Maha Abhisekham) is performed on Lord Nataraja in the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple. Aani Uthiram falls on the day when the Uthiram nakshatra is in ascendancy in the Tamil month of Aani.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Shiva
    - Pilgrimages of Shiva


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    आषाढ पूर्णिमा
    (Aashaddha Poornima)
    (Jul - Aug)
    Guru Poornima:

    Gurudeva Guru Poornima is the day in which one's Guru or spiritual preceptor is adored with devotion. The Guru stotram says that the Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. The Guru is the link taking the Jivatman towards the Paramatman. Guru Poornima is also known as Vyasa Poornima, the day in which the great sage Vyasa is worshipped. Sage Vyasa classified the Vedas and made them more accessible to humankind. Guru Poornima falls on Aasaddha Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Gurudeva


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    Tamil month Aadi with Pooram nakshatra
    (Jul - Aug)
    Aadi Pooram:

    Andal Aadi Pooram is a South Indian festival day when Shakti is worshipped. This is also the day when the birth of Andal is observed with grandeur in the Srivilliputhur Temple, the birthplace of Andal. Aadi Pooram falls when Pooram nakshatra is in ascendancy in the Tamil month of Aadi.


    Special Temple Festivals during Aashaddha:
    • Pandharpur City: Wari during Aashaddha (Jul - Aug)
    • Puri Jagannath Temple: Ratha Yatra for 9 days (Jul - Aug)
    • Srivilliputhur Andal Temple: Aadi Pooram Brahmotsavam for 10 days (Jul - Aug)
    श्रावण (Shraavana) - (Aavani) (Simha) (Aug - Sep)
    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    श्रावण कृष्णपक्ष प्रतिपद्
    (Shraavana Krishnapaksha Pratipad)
    (Aug - Sep)
    Gayatri Japam:

    Devi Gayatri Gayatri Japam is the auspicious day to chant the sacred Gayatri Mantra. Hindus, specially Brahmins observe this day by chanting the Gayatri Mantra with devotion. Gayatri Japam falls on Shravana Krishna Paksha Prathama.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Gayatri


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    श्रावण शुक्लपक्ष
    (Shraavana Shuklapaksha, last Fri before Shravana Poornima)
    (Aug - Sep)
    Varalakshmi Vrata:

    Devi Lakshmi Varalakshmi Vrata is a vrata (religious practice) observed by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and seeking Her blessings for prosperity and progeny. This vrata is performed by married women for the well-being of their family. Varalakshmi Vrata falls on the last Friday Shravana Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Lakshmi
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Lakshmi


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    श्रावण पूर्णिमा
    (Shraavana Poornima)
    (Aug - Sep)
    Hayagriva Jayanti:

    Sri Hayagriva Hayagriva Jayanti is the day which celebrates the appearance of Hayagriva Avatara of Lord Vishnu. The Hayagriva Avatara rescued the Vedas from demon Hayagriva. Hayagriva Jayanti falls on Shravana Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Vishnu


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    श्रावण कृष्णपक्ष अष्टमी
    (Shraavana Krishnapaksha Ashtami)
    (Aug - Sep)
    Krishna Janmashtami:

    Sri Krishna Krishna Janmashtami is the day in which the birth of Sri Krishna is celebrated. Sri Krishna is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sri Krishna was born to father Vasudeva and mother Devaki in the prison of Kamsha. Krishna Janmashtami falls on Shravana Krishna Paksha Ashtami.

    Refer to:
    - Story of Krishna Janmashtami (Padma Purana)
    - Stotras of Sri Krishna
    - Pilgrimages of Sri Krishna


    Special Temple Festivals during Shraavana:
    • Deogarh Baba Baidyanath Temple: Shravan Mela for 30 days (Jul - Aug)
    • Mathura Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple: Krishna Janmashtami (Aug - Sep)
    • Tiruchendur Senthil Andavar Temple: Aavani Brahmotsavam for 12 days (Aug - Sep)
    • Udhampur Sudh Mahadev Temple: Sudh Mahadev Mela for 3 days (Jul - Aug)
    भाद्रपद (Bhaadrapada) - (Purattasi) (Kanni) (Sep - Oct)
    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    भाद्रपद शुक्लपक्ष चतुर्थी
    (Bhaadrapada Shuklapaksha Chaturthi)
    (Sep - Oct)
    Ganesh Chaturthi:

    Sri Ganesha Ganesh Chaturthi is the day in which the birth of Sri Ganesha is celebrated. On this day Sri Ganesha was resurrected by Lord Shiva by putting an elephant's head and making Him the first deity to be worshipped. Ganesh Chaturthi falls on Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Chaturthi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Ganesha

    - Pilgrimages of Sri Ganesha


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    भाद्रपद शुक्लपक्ष पञ्चमी
    (Bhaadrapaha Shuklapaksha Panchami)
    (Sep - Oct)
    Rishi Panchami:

    Rishi Rishi Panchami is the day in which the ancient Rishis (specially Saptarshis) are remembered with reverence. Men and women normally fast on this day. Rishi Panchami falls on Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Panchami.



    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    भाद्रपद शुक्लपक्ष अष्टमी
    (Bhaadrapada Shuklapaksha Ashtami)
    (Sep - Oct)
    Radha Ashtami:

    Devi Radha Radha Ashtami is the day in which the birth of Sri Radha is celebrated. Radha Ashtami falls on Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Ashtami.

    Refer to:
    - Stories of Radha Ashtami (Padma Purana)
    - Stotras of Devi Radharani


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    भाद्रपद शुक्लपक्ष द्वादशी
    (Bhaadrapada Shuklapaksha Dwadashi)
    (Sep - Oct)
    Vamana Jayanti:

    Sri Vamana Vamana Jayanti is the day in which the appearance of Sri Vamana is celebrated. Sri Vamana is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Vamana Jayanti falls on Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Dwadasi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Vishnu


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    भाद्रपद शुक्लपक्ष चतुर्दशी
    (Bhaadrapada Shuklapaksha Chaturdashi)
    (Sep - Oct)
    Ananta Chaturdasi:

    Sri Vishnu Ananta Chaturdasi is the day in which Sri Vishnu is worshipped. Ananta Chaturdasi falls on the Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Vishnu
    - Pilgrimages of Sri Vishnu


    Monsoon season
    वर्षा
    (Varsha)
    [Monsoon]
    भाद्रपद पूर्णिमा
    (Bhaadrapada Poornima)
    (Sep - Oct)
    Uma Maheshwar Vrata:

    Shiva-Parvati Uma Maheshwar Vrata is observed by married couples for long and happy married life. Uma Maheshwar Vrata falls on Bhadrapada Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Shiva
    - Pilgrimages of Shiva

    - Stotras of Devi Parvati
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Parvati


    आश्विन (Aashwina) - (Aippasi) (Tula) (Oct - Nov)
    Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    आश्विन शुक्लपक्ष
    (Aashwina Shuklapaksha first nine days)
    (Oct - Nov)
    Sharadiya Navaratri:

    Devi Durga Sharadiya Navaratri is the nine days in which Devi is invoked and worshipped for Her grace. In West Bengal, this is the famous Durga Puja celebration where Devi Durga is worshipped as the primary deity. In many parts of India Devi Mahalakshmi and Devi Mahasaraswati is also worshipped during specific days. Sharadiya Navaratri falls on the first nine days of the Ashwin Shukla Paksha.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Parvati
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Parvati




    Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    आश्विन शुक्लपक्ष
    (Aashwina Shuklapaksha first nine days)
    (Oct - Nov)
    Sharadiya Navaratri:

    Devi Lakshmi Sharadiya Navaratri is the nine days in which Devi is invoked and worshipped for Her grace. In West Bengal, this is the famous Durga Puja celebration where Devi Durga is worshipped as the primary deity. In many parts of India Devi Mahalakshmi and Devi Mahasaraswati is also worshipped during specific days. Sharadiya Navaratri falls on the first nine days of the Ashwin Shukla Paksha.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Lakshmi
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Lakshmi

    Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    आश्विन शुक्लपक्ष
    (Aashwina Shuklapaksha first nine days)
    (Oct - Nov)
    Sharadiya Navaratri:

  • Sharadiya Navaratri is the nine days in which Devi is invoked and worshipped for Her grace. In West Bengal, this is the famous Durga Puja celebration where Devi Durga is worshipped as the primary deity. In many parts of India Devi Mahalakshmi and Devi Mahasaraswati is also worshipped during specific days. Sharadiya Navaratri falls on the first nine days of the Ashwin Shukla Paksha.
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye (Devi Mahatmyam)
    - Ya Devi Sarvabhutesu (Devi Mahatmyam)
    - Namaste Sharade Devi
    - Saraswati Mahabhage
    - Saraswati Namastubhyam
    - Saraswati Mantras (Rig Veda 1.4.28 to 1.4.30)
    - Saraswati Stotram (Sage Agastya)
    - Sharada Bhujangam (Adi Shankara)
    - Shuklam Brahma Vicara Sara
    - Saraswati Devi Chalisa
  • Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    आश्विन पूर्णिमा
    (Aashwina Poornima)
    (Oct - Nov)
    Kojagari Lakshmi Puja:

    Devi Lakshmi Kojagari Lakshmi Puja is the worship of Devi Lakshmi. This worship is specially prevalent in West Bengal. Kojagari Lakshmi Puja falls on Ashwin Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Lakshmi
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Lakshmi


    Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    आश्विन कृष्णपक्ष चतुर्दशी
    (Aashwina Krishnapaksha Chaturdashi)
    (Oct - Nov)
    Naraka Chaturdasi:

    Sri Krishna Naraka Chaturdasi is the day in which the demon Narakashura was vanquished by Sri Krishna. Naraka Chaturdasi falls on Ashwin Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Krishna
    - Pilgrimages of Sri Krishna


    Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    आश्विन अमावास्या
    (Aashwina Amavasya)
    (Oct - Nov)
    Deepavali - Lakshmi Puja:

    Devi Lakshmi Deepam Deepavali is the festival of Light. In many parts of India Devi Lakshmi is worshipped on this day. Deepavali falls on Ashwin Krishna Paksha Amavasya.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Lakshmi
    - Pilgrimages of Devi Lakshmi

    Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    आश्विन अमावास्या
    (Aashwina Amavasya)
    (Oct - Nov)
    Deepavali - Kali Puja:

    Devi Kali Deepam Deepavali is the festival of Light. In West Bengal Devi Kali is worshipped on this day. Deepavali falls on Ashwin Krishna Paksha Amavasya.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Kalika


    Special Temple Festivals during Aashwina:
    • Kullu Raghunathji Temple: Kullu Dussehra for 7 days (Oct - Nov)
    • Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple: Mysore Dussehra for 10 days (Oct - Nov)
    • Thiruvananthapuram Padmanabhaswamy Temple: Annual festival during Thulam for 10 days (Oct - Nov)
    • Tirumala Venkateswara Temple: Sri Vari Brahmotsavam for 9 days (Sep - Oct)
    • West Bengal: Durga Puja celebrations (Oct - Nov)
    कार्त्तिक (Karthika) - (Karttikai) (Vrishchika) (Nov - Dec)
    Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    कार्त्तिक शुक्लपक्ष षष्ठी
    (Karthika Shuklapaksha Shasthi)
    (Nov - Dec)
    Skanda Shasthi:

    Sri Skanda Skanda Shasthi is the day in which the victory of Sri Skanda over demon Surapadman (after a terrible six-day battle) is celebrated. Skanda Shasthi falls on Karthik Shukla Paksha Shasthi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Murugan
    - Pilgrimages of Murugan


    Autumn season
    शरद्
    (Sharad)
    [Autumn]
    कार्त्तिक शुक्लपक्ष षष्ठी
    (Karthika Shuklapaksha Shasthi)
    (Nov - Dec)
    Chhath Puja:

    Sri Surya Chhath Puja is the festival worshipping the Sun God (Surya) for sustaining the lives of living beings on earth. Chhath Puja falls on the Karthik Shukla Paksha Shasthi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Suryadeva


    Pre Winter season
    हेमन्त
    (Hemanta)
    [Pre Winter]
    कार्त्तिक शुक्लपक्ष द्वादशी
    (Karthika Shuklapaksha Dwadashi)
    (Nov - Dec)
    Tulasi Vivaha:

    Devi Tulasi Tulasi Vivaha is the day in which the ceremonial marriage of Devi Tulasi with Sri Vishnu is celebrated. Tulasi Vivaha normally falls on Karthik Shukla Paksha Dwadashi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Devi Tulasi


    Pre Winter season
    हेमन्त
    (Hemanta)
    [Pre Winter]
    कार्त्तिक शुक्लपक्ष पूर्णिमा
    (Kaarthika Shuklapaksha Poornima)
    (Nov - Dec)
    Karthik Poornima:

    Sri Shiva Deepam Karthik Poornima is the day in which Lord Shiva killed the Tripurasuras and destroyed their cities. Lord Shiva danced the great Tandava dance during this destruction. This day is celebrated as Deepavali or festival of Light by burning oil lamps. Karthik Poornima falls on Karthik Shukla Paksha Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Shiva
    - Pilgrimages of Shiva


    Pre Winter season
    हेमन्त
    (Hemanta)
    [Pre Winter]
    कार्त्तिक कृष्णपक्ष अष्टमी
    (Kaarthika Krishnapaksha Ashtami)
    (Nov - Dec)
    Bhairava Ashtami:

    Sri Kalabhairava Bhairava Ashtami (Kala Bhairava Jayanti) is the day which celebrates the birth of Kala Bhairava. Bhairava Ashtami falls on Karthik Krishna Paksha Ashtami.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Bhairava


    Special Temple Festivals during Karthika:
    • Baragaon Sun Temple: Chhath Puja during Karthika (Oct - Nov)
    • Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple: Skanda Shasti (Oct - Nov)
    • Pandharpur City: Wari during Karthika (Nov - Dec)
    • Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswarar Temple: Karthigai Deepam Brahmotsavam for 17 days (Nov - Dec)
    • Tiruchendur Senthil Andavar Temple: Skanda Shasti for 7 days (Oct - Nov)
    अग्रहायण (Agrahayana) - (Margazhi) (Dhanur) (Dec - Jan)
    Pre Winter season
    हेमन्त
    (Hemanta)
    [Pre Winter]
    अग्रहायण पूर्णिमा
    (Agrahayana Poornima)
    (Dec - Jan)
    Dattatreya Jayanti:

    Sri Dattatreya Dattatreya Jayanti is the day which celebrates the birth of Sri Dattatreya from Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the ashram of Sati Anusuiya. Dattatreya Jayanti falls on Agrahaayanna Poornima.



    Pre Winter season
    हेमन्त
    (Hemanta)
    [Pre Winter]
    अग्रहायण शुक्लपक्ष एकादशी
    (Agrahayana Shuklapaksha Ekadashi)
    (Dec - Jan)
    Vaikuntha Ekadasi:

    Sri Vishnu Vaikuntha Ekadasi is the day in which Sri Vishnu is worshipped. The devotees observe a fast during this worship. Vaikuntha Ekadasi falls on the Agrahayana (Dhanurmasa) Shukla Paksha Ekadasi.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Sri Vishnu

    - Pilgrimages of Sri Vishnu


    Pre Winter season
    हेमन्त
    (Hemanta)
    [Pre Winter]
    अग्रहायण शुक्लपक्ष
    (Agrahayana Shuklapaksha when Arudra Nakshatra presides, normally on Poornima)
    (Dec - Jan)
    Arudra Darshanam:

    Sri Shiva Arudra Darshanam is the day in which the Cosmic dance of Lord Shiva is celebrated. Arudra Darshanam falls on Agrahayana (Dhanurmasa) Shukla Paksha, when the Arudra Nakshatra presides which normally falls on Poornima.

    Refer to:
    - Stotras of Shiva
    - Pilgrimages of Shiva


    Special Temple Festivals during Agrahayana:
    • Chidambaram Nataraja Temple: Margazhi Thiruvaadhirai (Dec - Jan)
    • Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy Temple: Vaikuntha Ekadasi for 21 days (Dec - Jan)

    Nature Festivals:

    FestivalMonthDescription
    Makar Sankranti / Pongal Jan - Feb Harvest festival celebrated all over India which marks the arrival of Spring. In Tamil Nadu it is called Pongal.
    Magh Mela Jan - Feb Held at Prayaga.
    Vasant Panchami Jan - Feb Festival celebrating the arrival of Spring.
    Ratha Saptami Jan - Feb Festival worshipping the Sun God during the harvest season.
    Vaisakhi Apr - May Harvest festival of Punjab.
    Ganga Dussehra May - Jun Festival celebrating the descent of river Ganga after being released by sage Jahnu.
    Kumbha Mela Held on the banks of the following rivers - Ganga at Haridwar, Triveni Sangam at Prayaga, Godavari at Nashik and Shipra at Ujjain.
    Pushkaram Bathing festival of the 12 major rivers of India, held once in every twelve years for each river. The first 12 days of Jupiter's entry into the rashi (corresponding to the river) and the last 12 days of Jupiter's exit from the rashi are considered specially auspicious for bathing.
    Adiperukku Jul - Aug Festival to pay tribute to the life-sustaining properties of water. Celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month Adi (Jul-Aug). People offer pujas to the rivers.
    Teej Aug - Sep Festival celebrated in North India to welcome the monsoon season.
    Chhath Puja Oct - Nov Festival worshipping the Sun God and his consort.
    Garh Ganga Mela Nov - Dec Bathing fair at Garmukteshwar (Ghaziabad district, UP) during Karthik Poornima.


    Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

    1. Stotras by Deity:
    Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
    Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
    Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
    Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
    Final: Vedas - Brahman

    2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
    Initial: Ganesha
    Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
    Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
    Others: Murugan - Ganga

    3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

    4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

    5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

    6. Puranas: Scriptures

    7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

    8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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    Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
    May there be Peace in the Sky,
    May there be Peace in the Earth,
    May there be Peace in the Water,
    May there be Peace in the Plants,
    May there be Peace in the Trees,
    May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
    May there be Peace in Brahman,
    May there be Peace in All,
    May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
    Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
    Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

    (Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)

    Preserve Nature,
    And Nature will preserve Us,
    Simplify Life,
    And make the Nature thrive,
    Plant Trees,
    And make our planet Green.

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