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Festivals of June
Ganga Dusshera
The Ganga Dusshera Festival is celebrated on Bhim Sen Ekadashi to mark the sowing of Kharif crops. Tribal dances, colorful processions and endless rounds of drinking mark the Ganga Dusshera festival, which are similar to Dusshera celebrations in Chhattisgarh.
Rath Jatra
Ratha Jatra is an important festival of the Hindus living in Manipur. The festival is celebrated for 10 days in the month of Ingen(June/July). In this festival Lord Jaganath leaves his temple in a Rath and the rath is pulled by pulled by pilgrims
Ganga Dusshera or Dasar
Ganga Dusshera is celebrated on the Shukla dasami of the Jyestha (May - June). The sacred Ganga is worshipped on this day and Dusshera posters (dwarpatras or dasars), which have various geometric designs on them, are put up on the doors of houses and temples. These posters, once hand written by brahmins, are now printed. On this day people bathe in the holy rivers.
Uttar Pradesh
Ganga Dusshera
Ganga Dusshera is a holy festival celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Jayeshta. The festival is devoted to the worship of holy river Ganga. It is believed that the ‘Gangavataran’ (the descent of the Ganga) took place at this time. On this day, places such as Varanasi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Garhmukteswar, Prayag etc. hold special significance. A huge number of devotees flock to numerous ghats located on the west bank of the river Ganga to bathe in water and carry the river clay home to venerate. A bath in the Ganga is believed to purify the soul. In Haridwar, 'aratis' and meditation are also performed by a large number of devotees on the river banks. Ganga water is stored in sealed pots in homes and is used on sacred days.
West Bengal
Rath Yatra, which involves taking out of the procession of Lord Jagganath's Chariot, is one of the oldest traditions in Hindu Society. It is celebrated with great effervescence and immense devotion in Orissa and Bengal. Being celebrated since 1397, this Rath Yatra of West Bengal is the second oldest chariot festival in India, after the Rath Yatra of Puri. This grand fiesta of the state is attended by lacs of people from all the parts of the countries. This celebration mainly takes place in the months of June or July.
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