(Last Updated on : 27/07/2009)
The Indian temple festivals are special celebration in the temple premises during particular days to commemorate some mythological legend of the temple deity. Feasts are an integral part of Indian temple festivals. The attendees spend all day at the temple, enjoying themselves and the temple officials hold special worship and prayer times for the festivals. The Indian temple festivals often conclude with an array of spectacular fire works display in innovative patterns and varieties, which make spectators, go into raptures. This famous and mighty exhibit of the magnificent display of fireworks adds to the popularity to Indian temple festivals.
Orissa Temple Festivals
are famous all across the eastern India. Jagannath temple, located in Puri is an important pilgrimage center and boasts one of the most famous Indian temple festivals, Ratha Yatra. Kerala Temple Festivals
include the most famous Aratt festival at the Lord Padmanabha temple in Thiruvananthapuram. There are two such festivals every year, one in the Malayalam month of Thulam and the other in Meenam. Chittirai festival, celebrated in Madurai is one of the most famous Tamil Nadu Temple Festivals
. This festival lasts for 10 days and the eighth day witnesses the coronation of Meenakshi, while the 9th day is the digvijaya festival and the 10th day commemorates the wedding of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar.
Karnataka Temple Festivals
are renowned in south India and the Ranganatha festival is the most popular one. The festival is held in the temple dedicated to lord Ranganatha, dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his Anantha Shayana. The Brahmotsava festival in Karnataka happens in the month of Chaitra and lasts for 10 days. Andhra Pradesh Temple Festivals
include the prominent celebrations like Kotappakonda Temple Fair, Maridamma Festival, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam, Yellaramma Jatara Jaladurga Kalyanotsavam, Durgamma Festival and Dalta jayanti.
The West Bengal Temple Festivals
are some of the major Indian temple festivals held in eastern India. Rathayatra is a weeklong festival in honor of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra, while Jhapan is celebrated in the honour of the serpent-deity Manasa on the last day of the Bengali month Sravana. Other than these, Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Jagadhatri Puja are some more popular festivals in the temples of West Bengal.
Bihar Temple Festivals
include Makar Sankranti, Nag Panchami, Navaratri and Chhath Puja. The Uttar Pradesh Temple Festivals
reflects the religious prejudices of the state. Dadjee Ka Huranga, Bateshwar Fair, Deva Mela and Kailash Fair are some of the temple festivals of Uttar Pradesh. Maharashtra Temple Festival
includes prominent celebrations like Elephanta Festival, Ellora Festival near Aurangabad, Ganesh Chaturthi and Banganga Festival. Certain festivals at Kamakhya Temple, Sukreswar Temple, Basistha Ashram and Kalakshetra suggest the colorful Assam Temple Festivals.
Rajasthan Temple Festivals
include Brij Festival, Sheetala Ashtami, Kaila Devi Fair and many others. Gujarat Temple Festivals
often overlaps with those of the Rajasthan, however both the states celebrate these festivals with a different charm. The Khajuraho temple festival and Mahadeo Temple Festival are the two prime Madhya Pradesh Temple Festivals
The Meghalaya Temple Festivals, Mizoram Temple Festivals, Manipur Temple Festivals
, and Tripura Temple Festival
are quite similar in nature, since the regional deities worshipped are more or less same. Durga Puja, Kharchi Puja, Pous Sankranti Mela and Ashokastami Festival are celebrated all across the northeastern states of India. Devidhura Fair and Kumaon Holi are the two major Uttarakhand Temple Festivals
, while Chhattisgarh Temple Festivals include Dusshera and Bhagoriya festival.
The Jharkhand Temple Festivals
include Dusshera, Chhat Puja, Basant Panchami and Ramnavmi are celebrated in temples while Guru Nayak Jayanti is a popular Punjab Temple Festival. Haryana Temple Festivals
are Gugga Naomi and Dusshera. The people of Delhi celebrate an array of festivals, however few like Shivaratri, Buddha Jayanti and Guru Parab are the Delhi Temple Festivals
. The Jammu and Kashmir Temple Festival
is Kheer Bhawani, while Himachal Pradesh Temple Festivals
include Pori, Dusshera and Holi. Arunachal Pradesh Temple Festival
and Nagaland Temple Festival
are similar in form; Kotappakonda, Maridamma, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam and Jaladurga Kalyanotsavam are the popular temple festivals in these regions.
The Indian temple festivals are some of the great celebrations all across the country. Wrapped in religious prejudices and traditional beliefs, these temple festivals of India are attended by thousands of pilgrims from all round the world.