With the street housing the largest Metropolis of India and the same city also doubling up as the commercial capital of the country, you can see a lot of influx of people coming from all over the country to Maharashtra. In addition to all of this, Maharashtra also boasts of a culture that has been safely card for centuries and brought into glorious LimeLight by the marathas. With all of this, you can only expect Maharashtra to have a great system of celebrations and festivals that make it one of the most vibrant places to experience on a proper tour package.
Here are a few festivals that find their light in Maharashtra point
Nag Panchami is a festival that is dedicated to the snake gourd. The snake gourd Sesha Naga is considered to be one of the holiest deities in Hinduism and has been the person behind the presence of Lakshmana with Rama. This festival falls on the 5th day of the Holy month of Shravan. This festival should help realise the importance that the culture of India gives to even the smallest of the contributor. The blessings of the snakes are short on this day and people also give thanks to the snakes for keeping the crops away from rodents. People make offerings to the snake and the naga temples and Shiva temples all over Maharashtra are crowded on this day.
Gudi Padwa is the Maharashtrian version of the new year. this festival is celebrated with much pomp and show in Maharashtra and it falls on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar. There are decorations of households with garlands and Rangoli. The Gudi is a stick of bamboo wrapped in silk cloth and is garlanded with flowers and also has a lot of offerings including sweets. The beginning of the new year is characterized by the worship of this Gudi and this is one of the most auspicious day for doing many things like purchasing a car or home or starting a new business.
Maharashtra has a vast seacoast starting right from the northern part of Goa until Mumbai and this makes fishing one of the most important occupations of people living in the coastal Maharashtra. Narali Purnima is the one of the famous festivals of maharashtra. However, during the monsoon, fishing is considered unsafe for fishermen and this festival called the narali Purnima marks the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of the fishing season. To mark the respect that the fisherman have for the sea, the host this festival and Give Thanks To The Sea God by beautifully decorating the boats. The offerings are also made in the form of coconuts and that is the reason why this festival gets its name and as you can infer, narali means coconut. coincidentally, this day also Falls along with the Raksha Bandhan which is a festival to celebrate the divine and unique bond between a brother and sister.
Lord Ganesha is considered to be the god of wisdom and is the most loved God in Maharashtra. While this festival might be celebrated all over India, the celebration in Maharashtra is very unique and special. Ganesh idols are worshipped all through the state and the idols are uniquely decorated as well. The signature sweet called the Modak is offered to Ganesha and on the last few days, people take the idol of Ganesha on a profession and immerse it into the sea or a river or a lake. The procession is considered to be a great celebration that comes alive with dance, music and a lot more!
Gokulashtami, also known as Janmashtami marks the birthday of Lord Krishna. The devotees of Lord Krishna fast until midnight on the eve of the birthday of Lord Krishna. The birth of Lord Krishna all the krishna janma is celebrated in the midnight and all the temples and homes are filled with the sound of bhajans or devotional songs that are dedicated to Lord Krishna. The next day is celebrated as the Janmashtami or Gokulashtami and the offerings are made to Lord Krishna in the form of clay pots filled with curd. It is believed that the Lord Krishna was fond of butter and used to steal butter when he was a young boy. The clay pots that are filled with curd, puffed rice and milk are strong on poles about the streets and the youngsters form pyramids or Ladders to reach up and break them open. This is done to remember and commemorate the way in which Lord Krishna would sneak into the houses of the gopies and steal butter from their pots.
This place is celebrated all over India but he is very special in Maharashtra. This is the day that welcomes the spring season as the sun least the southern hemisphere and begins it ascent into the northern hemisphere. People celebrate this day by making sweets and sharing it with the neighbours. This is done to signify the Re sweetening of the relationship between The Neighbors and forget the old enmity.
This is one festival that is endemic to Maharashtra and it is a huge dance and cultural festival organised in the backdrop of the Ajanta Ellora caves. It is organised by the tourism department of Maharashtra and it features dancers not only from India but all over the world.
Maharashtra has so much to offer in terms of festivals and the festive climate in Maharashtra is always alive at any part of the year. With Mumbai being the party capital of India outside Goa, you can only expect the celebrations that happen in the state of Maharashtra to be more effective and vibrant than any other part of India. With some of the biggest cities and the most happening places of India like Mumbai and Pune, Maharashtra only gets better and bigger in terms of festivals and celebrations!