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The Festivals of India -- A Comprehensive List

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A Wooden Idol of Ganesh Worshipped by Tribals of Madhya Pradesh
To Ganesh is to Begin
Idol of Ganapati, Gokarn Pilgrimage Center

Rakhi festival is celebrated by re-assuring the sacred brother-sister relationship
The Rakhi Festival
Leather Puppets
Painted Leather Puppet of Ganesh

Lord Ganesh rides his favorite mouse to earth
Detail from an South Indian Illustration, 19th Century
Ganesh and His Mouse
Horse Mounted Guards at the Republic Day Parade
Presidential Guards at the Republic Day Parade, New Delhi

Santa Clause in Rangoli Design!
Indian Christmas
Millennium Rangoli
Rangoli to Welcome the New Millennium

Rangoli to wish Sankranti Greetings
Sankranti Rangoli
Rangoli for Pongal
Using Rangoli to Greet Friends and Neighbors
Girl Paints Rangoli on the occasion of Pongal Festival

College students celebrate the Holi festival
Holi is celebrated by exchanging colors
College Students Playing Holi
Preparing for Prayer
Woman in festive clothing prepares for worship

Sacrificial Tiger
A devotee during the festival of Moharam
The Moharam Tiger
The Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights
Woman Celebrating Diwali with Rangoli and Lights

Temple on Wheels
A chariot being built with bamboo and rope
Temple on Wheels
Temple Chariot in Tamil Nadu
Temple Chariot, Tiruparankundram

A thatched roof temple with Dasara Greetings
Notice the elaborate lettering done using flower petals
Dasara Greetings in Flowers
Lord Ganesh in a Floral Rangoli
Lord Ganesh in a Floral Rangoli

Fireworks During the Deepavali Festival
Diwali Fireworks
Diwali Rangoli
Rangoli Design Spread for Diwali
In this Diwali festival design, the burning lamps are drawn by parallel lines.

"Navarathri Greetings".
Sri Circle Maramma Temple, Malleswaram
Festivals of India

Riding Ganapati in a Kavi Wall Mural

A Priest at an Ayudha Puja Ceremony
Ayudha Puja Festival
Diwali Fireworks
Fireworks during Deepavali Festival

A Lighted Christmas Tree
A coniferous (soft-wood) tree depicted in a Rangoli design
Christmas Rangoli
Pictorial Tour of India
Ganesh on a Carved Wooden Door

Girl Carrying Offerings to Lord Krishna
Celebrating Krishna`s Birthday
Ganesh Festival
Various Statues of Ganesh for Sale for Ganesh Festival

A Painted Idol of Elephant Headed Ganesh at Marketplace
Ganesh Festival
Ganesh Festival
Ganapati Descending to Earth

An Idol of Ganesh Overwhelmingly Decoarated With Flowers on His Birthday
Ganesh Festival
Ganesh Festival
Ganapati in Wooden Inlay Work

Lord Ganesh in Indian Art
Ganesh Festival
Ganapati in Indian Art
Ganesh on Fabric Design

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
Painted Clay Idol of Lord Ganesh during Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi

The Temple Chariot of Hegde Village

Temple on Wooden Wheels, Goa
Hindu  Festival Chariot

Temple Chariot, Udupi

Parade of the Mysore Golden Howdah
Mysore Dasara Procession
Mysore Dasara Procession

Holi Festival
Jain Painting from Shravanabelagola

Carved Stone Chariot
Vijaya-Vithala, Hampi
Stone Chariot, Hampi

Playing Holi by exchanging Colors
Rajasthani Painting

Performer During a Konkani Harvest Festival (Shigmo)
Shigmotsav Festival
The Festival of Rama
Ram Mela Festival
Bodus bullock cart, Jobnair, 1967

Villagers during a Festival of Gopuja (Worship of Cow)
Madhya Pradesh, 1976
Pola Festival

Carvings on a Wooden Chariot
The chariot of Kanakon, Goa

Ceremonial Lamp Parade of Bastar Dasara
Jagadalpur, Madhya Pradesh, 1977
Jagadalpur Dasara

Villagers Building Wooden Chariot

Ganesh in a Modern Metallic Sculpture
Chitrakala Parishad Collection
Ganesh in Indian Art
Dragging of the Holy Car
Car Temple Procession of Lord Sri Rama
19th century painting shows the cahriot bing dragged by devotees

A Medieval Car (Chariot) Festival
Paintings depicting contemporary social life are an invaluable resource to students of history. Notice how this medieval chariot resembles a modern one in Car Festivals of India.
Sculpture of Lord Ganesh
Elephant Head, Elephant Belly
Idol of Lord Ganesh at Kurudumale temple

Goddess Durga's Family
Decorated idol of Durga on the occasion of Gowri Pooja Festival
Sankranti Festival Celebration
Pruning of a Sugar-cane

Celebrating the Sankranti Festival
Sugar cubes of various sizes and shapes are prepared to welcome the Spring.
Sankranti Festival Celebration
Sankranti Festival Celebration
Sankranti Delicacies
Ellundey (sweetened balls) prepared for the Sankranti festival

Typical Sankranti Festival Snacks
Exchange of 'Ellu-Bella' combination marks the celebration of Sankranti in the old Mysore region
Sankranti Festival Celebration
Sankranti Festival Celebration
Sweetened Oil Seeds Mark the Sankranti Festival
Tilgul (special festival snack) of different colors

Protection for the Chariot
Thatched shelter for the temple chariot, town of Najnanagud
Chariot Garage!
The Festival of Dolls
Vendors Selling Dolls for Navaratri Festival
Malleswaram, Bangalore, 2001

Self Punishment Ritual
Matam with Zanjeer

Unifromed Boys Hoisting National Flag
Uttara Kannada, August 15, 2001
Indian Independece Day
Independence Day
School Girls at an Independence Day Procession
Uniformed school children on way to celebrate India's creation and freedom from British

Women Playing Holi
A 16th century sculpture from Bhatkal
Exchanging Colors
The Holi Festival
Girl with Powdered Color on Face

A Festival of the Masses
Rajasthani painting shows men and women playing the Holi
The Holi Festival
The Holi Festival
Colors of Holi
Generously sprayed face of a youngster, Holi, 2001

Colors are sprayed on each other on the Holi day
The Holi Festival
The Holi Festival
A Young Boy on a Holi Day

A Participant on Holi Festival Day
The Holi Festival
The Holi Festival
A Holi Player
Boys and girls, men and women mingle and exchange colors on the Holi festival day

A Streetside Launderer Offers Humble Prayers
Offering prayers to tools of one's livelihood (in this case, the charcoal iron boxes) is considered honest acknowledgement of one's blessings
Instrument Worship
Mysore Dasara Painting
The Elephant Mounted King
Detail from a painting in Mysore Palace showing the famed Dasara procession

Woman with an Oil Lamp
Woman celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights
Diwali Festival of Lights
Chariot (Ratha) Procession during Dasara
Chariot Procession of Chamundi Goddess
Detail from a wall painting in Mysore palace, Mysore

Artist Making Idol of Ganesh
Town of Karki, near Honavar
Preparation for Ganesh Utsav
Festival Dolls
Garudi Festival Dolls
The village of Kigga in Sringeri town, Karnataka

Ganesh with a Veena Instrument
Carved wooden idol
Music Lover Ganapati
Temple Chariots
Silver Chariot of Kadri Temple
Mangalore, Karnataka

Marriage of Chariots
Town of Haladipur, Year 2007
Chariot Festivals
Decoration of a Chariot
Close-up of Kumta Teru
Town of Kumta, Karnataka, 2006

Diwali Festival Scene
Festival of Lights
Ramanavami Festival
Chariot of Honavar Town
The birthday of Lord Rama being observed with a chariot

Hidimba Devi Festival
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Hidimba Festival
The Bandi Festival
A Priest at Bandihabba
Town of Ankola, Uttara Kannada

Indian Celebrations
Festivals of India
Hand-built Chariot
Skeleton of a "Teru" Chariot
Village of Gunavante, 1982

Ganesh as a Scribe
Private collection of Suneeti Kumble
Ganesh in Indian Art
Samvatsari Festival
Festival of Forgiveness
Jains observe Samvatsari by asking for forgiveness and accepting the apologies offered.


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