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Festivals of September
 
Andhra Pradesh
Deccan Festival
Every year gracious Hyderabad comes alive during the Deccan Festival. There are cultural programmes with ghazal nights, qawalis and mushairas, typical of the city. A pearl and bangle fair displays creations in lustrous pearls and multi-hued bangles that are local specialities. A food fest serves the best of Hyderabad's famed cuisine to visitors.
 
Brahmotsavam
Tirumala Brahmotsavam is a Hindu festival celebrated annually at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The festival continues for 9 days in the months of September and October.It is believed that Lord Brahma was the first to start this festival. He worshiped Sri Balaji on the banks of the Pushkarini in Tirupati to thank him for the protection of mankind. Hence the festival bears his name ‘Brahmotsavam’ which means Brahma’s Utsav.
 
Goa
Gokul Ashtami
Janmashtami is the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna's birth. Major celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami takes place at midnight as Krishna is said to have made his divine appearance in that hour. Fasting, bhajans, pujas and many other rituals mark Janmashtami celebrations in India.
 
Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is an important festival on the Hindu calendar which is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha as per Hindu mythology is considered to be the 'vigana harta' (remover of obstacles) for his many devotees. Ganesh Chaturthi festival gives an opportunity to the innumerous devotees of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to offer prayers to their deity and seek his blessings.
 
Gujarat
Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Janmashtami is the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna's birth. Major celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami takes place at midnight as Krishna is said to have made his divine appearance in that hour. Fasting, bhajans, pujas and many other rituals mark Janmashtami celebrations in India.
 
Bhadrapada ambaji mela
One of the most ancient and revered temples in India, is the temple of goddess Ambaji, situated in the Ambaji village in Gujarat. Bhadrapadaa Ambaji fair is an annual fair held in the Ambaji village, near the temple, where Lakhs of devotees gather from all sects and communities to offer prayers to goddess Amba and perform religious rituals. The fair has special significance for the farmers as the month of the fair-Bhadrapadaa, indicates the end of a long and tiring month of monsoon harvests.
 
Himachal Pradesh
Phulaich fair
The Phulaich Fair is held every year in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is held in the month of September in the Kinnaur district. Although the state of Himachal Pradesh is extremely famous for its fairs and festivals, especially for the spirit of its locals. Phulaich Fair is the best of its kind in Himachal Pradesh.
 
Karnataka
Sri Krishna Janmashtami
This festival comes off on the Shravana Krishna Ashtami, in the month of August or September every year. Complete fast is observed on that day and when the moon rises at about midnight, the swamijis take their bath and offer special pooja and 'Argya' to Sri Krishna. A golden chariot taken around the car street on this occasion.
 
Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is an important festival on the Hindu calendar which is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha as per Hindu mythology is considered to be the 'vigana harta' (remover of obstacles) for his many devotees. Ganesh Chaturthi festival gives an opportunity to the innumerous devotees of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to offer prayers to their deity and seek his blessings.
 
Kerala
Manarcad Perunnal
Manarcad Perunnal is the occasion celebrating the annual feast at the St. Mary's Church at Manarcad. This festival is generally held September 1-8 every year. Manarcad Perunnal is also known as Ettunombu Perunnal which literally means eight day prayer and fasting. This is the feast of Immaculate Conception celebrated by the Christian community of Kerala.
 
Navrathri Music Festival
The Navrathri Music Festival is a nine day musical fiesta held in the state of Kerela. During these nine days the evenings of Thiruvananthapuram are filled with exquisite music and honeyed voices echoing in the atmosphere. This cultural, musical, festive fiesta is a remarkable experience for all visitors. People from all across the country gather here during these nine days to witness some of the best works in the field of Music, dance and entertainment.
 
Vallarpadam Perunnal
St. Mary’s church is an extremely popular catholic church located in Ernakulam, Kerala. The patron of the church St. Mary is affectionately called Vallarpadath Amma (mother of Vallarpadam) by devotees here. As Kerala is a state full of fisher folk and sailor community and St. Mary is the patron saint for this community. It is believed that she would prevent sailors and fishermen from all dangers of sea and other sorts of adversities.
 
Madhya Pradesh
Dhrupad Samaroh
Dhrupad Samaroh Bhopal, India is the ideal venue to relish vocal performances by some of the notable names of the music fraternity. Indian classical music's famous dhrupad style is the order of the day at this Bhopal Dhrupad Samaroh. Music aficionados from across the world come to the city lured by this Dhrupad Samaroh of Bhopal.
 
Malwa Utsava Ujjain and Indore
Music and Dance being an integral part of India are often celebrated as part of custom and culture. The Fairs and Festivals in India are the best pedestal for getting together in unison.. Owing their origin to Natya Shastra, composed by Baratha between 2 B.C. and 2 A.D, dances are an integral part of the ancient Vedas; the fifth Veda actually clarifies dance style and forms. Numerous classical dances are performed at Malwa Utsava in Ujjain and Indore. According to the legend, the supreme creator of this Universe created Natya by amalgamating four diverse components collected exclusively from the four Vedas. They are literature from the Rig Veda, songs from the Sama Veda, abhinaya or expression from the Yajur Veda and rasa or aesthetic experience from the Artharva Veda.
 
Shab-I-Barat
Shab-i-Barat is essentially a Shia festival and owing to the considerable number of the same in Madhya Pradesh, Shab-I-Barat in Madhya Pradesh India is one of the widely celebrated Fairs and Festivals in Madhya Pradesh.Shab-I-Barat Celebration in Madhya Pradesh as elsewhere is celebrated with a grand evening feast. Sweets, specially, sevvaiyan (vermicelli) are prepared and sent to the houses of friends and relatives. Vermicelli chapattis, jaggery, halwa, meat, biriyani are the commonly prepared dishes. Fatiha or blessings are recited over food in the name of the Prophet, his daughter Fatimah, and his son-in-law Ali. The Holy Koran is recited and at night, fireworks light the sky.
 
Krishna Janamashtm
Krishna Janamashtmi or the birth of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu on earth, is observed on the eighth day of the dark half (Krishna Paksha) of the month of Bhadrapada according to the Hindu calendar.The Hindu calendar is lunar, (Krishna-paksha Ashtami) and the Rohini Nakshatram may overlap for only a few hours. In such an occasion it is celebrated on different (but successive) days by different people, depending on their local or family traditions.Krishna Janamashtmi in Madhya Pradesh India is one of the most popular of the Fairs and Festivals in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Maharashtra
Ganesh Chaturthi
At the end of the last century India saw the growth of embryonic Indian nationalism, Bal Gangadhar Tilak the foremost leader during that time started Ganesh Utsav as a social and religious function. He started with a motive to spread communal harmony. Thus, since 1882, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival has been celebrated throughout Maharashtra with community enthusiasm and participation. People from all the community participate in the celebration. It regarded as one of the most important festival of the Maharashtra region. It is a celebration of seven to ten days. Elaborate arrangements are made for lighting and decoration and Ganeshji is fervently worshipped for those seven to ten days. Lord Ganesh, the patron deity of Maharashtra, is the God of wisdom. Much before the festival the celebration starts. People start their preparation with great enthusiasm all over the state. This ten-day festival begins with the installation of the deity, who is then worshipped daily till the immersion on the final day.
 
Gokul Ashtami
Gokul Ashtami is celebrated in August - The birth of Lord Krishna. Most devotees fast till midnight and when the birth of Lord Krishna is announced, they eat a festive preparation of rice, butter, yogurt, puris and potatoes. This meal, according to Hindu mythology, was relished by Lord Krishna and his playmates in Gokul. Young men form human pyramids to break pots of curds strung high up from buildings. In the villages, the Pola or the harvest festival is celebrated in which bullocks are bathed, decorated and taken out in a procession to the accompaniment of beating drums.
 
Pune Festival
Gokul Ashtami is celebrated in August - The birth of Lord Krishna. Most devotees fast till midnight and when the birth of Lord Krishna is announced, they eat a festive preparation of rice, butter, yogurt, puris and potatoes. This meal, according to Hindu mythology, was relished by Lord Krishna and his playmates in Gokul. Young men form human pyramids to break pots of curds strung high up from buildings. In the villages, the Pola or the harvest festival is celebrated in which bullocks are bathed, decorated and taken out in a procession to the accompaniment of beating drums.
 
Manipur
Id-ul-Fitr
Eid-ul-Fitr, popularly known as the "Festival of the Breaking of the Fast", occurs as soon as the new moon is sighted at the end of the month of fasting, namely Ramadan.This festival celebrates the end of Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. It is an occasion of feasting and rejoicing.Fitr is derived from the word ‘fatar’ meaning breaking. Fitr has another meaning derived from another word fitrah meaning ‘alms’.Special foods and delicacies are prepared for the day and are distributed among neighbours and friends.
 
Heikru Hidongba
Celebrated in the month of September, a festival of joy, with little religious significance along a 16 metre wide boat. Long narrow boats are used to accommodate a large number of rowers. Idol of Shri Bishnu is installed before the commencement of the race.
 
Nagaland
Amongmong Festival
The festival is celebrated for six days and each day of the festival has its unique importance. Tribal people celebrate the festival of Amongmong at the time of harvesting new crops in the fields. People worship their deity of the house and the three cooking stones in the fireplace to mark the celebration of the Amongmong Festival. Tribe consider that by celebrating and worshipping the deity during the festival, they will be blessed for good health, opulence, rich harvest and prosperity.
 
Orissa
Durga Puja
Durga Puja Orissa - Worship to the goddess of power is celebrated by the entire Hindu fraternity in general and Bengalis in particular in the form of Durga puja.The clay idol of the goddess is decorated with immaculate decorative pieces, tiny lights and beautiful flowers. The goddess sitting on a lion is shown killing the 'Buffalo Demon'- Mahishasura accompanied by her two sons, Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya, and two daughters Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati presents a really powerful picture standing true to its synonym 'Goddess of Power.' The arti ceremony that takes place early every morning and evening is a grand affair where the praises of the goddess are sung describing her gumption and valor. The sweet fragrance of incense adds to the charm.
 
Gajalaxmi Puja
The festival is especially known for its significance to unmarried girls and boys. Gajalaxmi Puja also known as Kumar Puja is specifically popular in the state of Orissa.The main Deities worshipped on this day are the Sun and the Moon. Unmarried girls take an early morning bath, followed by draping new clothes, ornaments and accessories.In the day time they offer prayers and offerings to the Sun. After following these rituals, they prepare some delicious food-dishes. On an all, this day is extremely important for them and they enjoy in full swing.
 
Bada Osha
Dhabaleswar, Temple of Lord Mahadeva in the state of Orissa is an extremely famous and known among the localites of the state. The festival of Bada Osha is essentially a “Festival of Fasting” celebrated in the month of Kartik.Orissa is famous for its culture and traditions. As a state it witnesses a number of religions, temples, shrines and tribes all fusing to blend in a rich state of traditions.
 
Punjab
Chappar Mela
The popular Chappar Mela is organized every year at Chappar, Ludhiana. People mainly worship snake embodiment of Guga in this fair. The fair falls on the fourth day of the month of Bhadas every year. It is believed that, the chap par fair was started around 150 years back, just by small congregation of devotees and these days the number of people attending the fair has risen to millions. Another fair with the name as minor chappar fair is also held at the same place. The special trend of scooping the land (7 times) is also practiced in this fair. People consider digging of land will bring Gugga Pir to prevent them against snakes. The fair is full of music, fun and dance. The fair has emerged as a grand festival in past few decades.
 
Rajasthan
Kallaji Ka Mela
Kallaji ka mela is an annual fair held in the district of Banswara, Rajasthan. The fair is popular among the local people and nearby places. It is held on the first Sunday of Navratri every year. In 2009 it will fall in September.
 
Karni Mata Mela
It is a half-yearly Fair, organized by the natives of Deshnok, the town that was established by Karni Mata, to offer prayers to her and celebrate the fact that her blessings always will bless the inhabitants of the town. Charans, sect of people are staunch followers of Karni Mata and gather in the Fair without fail.
 
Sikkim
Janmastami
This festival is celebrated in the state of Sikkim with as much pomp and show as that of the whole country. Dedicated completely to Lord Krishna this festival celebrates his birth with much adoration. It is celebrated in Sikkim during the month of August/September according to the English calendar. When the monsoon season is highest in most parts of India, the state of Sikkim indulges in the Janmashtami celebrations with much enthusiasm. The added attractions of this festival include raasleelas, kirtan, bhajan and various other local functions.
 
Tamil Nadu
Velankanni Festivals
Mysterious legends surround the church. A story goes behind the festival Our Merciful Mother rescued a few Portuguese merchant sailors from a violent storm, which wrecked their ship. When the merchants reached the shore of Velankanni they were taken by local fisherman to the thatched chapel. To give thanks and pay tribute to Our Lady, they built a small permanent chapel on their return trip. On subsequent visits they improved on it. The merchants dedicated the chapel to Our Lady on September 8th to celebrate the feast of her nativity and to mark the date of their safe landing to Velankanni.Today, the celebration of this feast is an annual festival which lasts for 9 days and draws more than a million and a half pilgrims. Velankanni attracts more pilgrims than any other sacred shrine in India. Not only do multitudes of Catholic travel there throughout the year but many non-Christians visit as well. Hundreds of miraculous cures are reported every year.
 
Kanthuri Festivals
This too could be said to be of a secular nature since people of all faiths flock to the shrine of saint Quadirwali believed to be doing good to all. One of the descendants of the saint is chosen as the spiritual leader or 'peer' and honored with offerings. The tenth day is most important. On that day, the tomb of the saint is anointed with sandal paste and later it is distributed to one and all. This holy paste is believed to possess healing powers as it is considered a remedy for all ills. The festival is celebrated at Nagore durgah near Nagapattinam.
 
Uttarakhand
Khatarua
Khatarua is essentially the special festival of pastoral- agricultural society and celebrated on the first day of the month of Ashwin in mid September, and signifies the beginning of the autumn. On this day people light bonfires, around which children dance, holding aloft colourful flags. People take special care of their animals and feed them fresh grass. Cucumbers are offered to the fire of Khatarua, which is said to destroy all evil influences. The victory of the king of Kumaon is also said to be one of the reasons for the celebration of Khatarua.Bat Savitri
 
West Bengal
Bera Utsav
Bera Utsav is mainly celebrated on the bank of river Bhagirathi near the palace of nawabs in Murshidabad. The major attraction of the Bera Utsav is splendid fire works on the bank of river Bhagirathi near the palace. The multihued fire works of different types and sizes add to the jauntiness of the festival. The festival is the major tourist attraction from distant places in the country.
 
 
 
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