As the monsoon ends, there are many colourful festivals that are celebrated all over India - Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, the famous Dasara & Deepavali. Colourful decorations, traditional music, sweets accompanied with stories about the festivals mark the trail. Join us and get a peek into the festivals of India.
The celebration of the birth Lord Krishna. Quite, like Jesus, Krishna's birth is prophetic and dramatic. He is an avatar(incarnation) of Lord Vishnu and throughout his life as a human, he's the supporter of the righteous.
Janmashtami is celebrated in South India with a colourful array of miniature dolls recreating the birth and life of Lord Krishna. It's also a culinary extravagance and treats children as Gods.
Visit the homes and temples, appreciate the culture and learn a bit about South Indian religions and communities
Lord Ganesh is probably the most popular God in India. The remover of our trouble and obstacles has a colourful birth.
During this time, it's the colourful community festivals that are a sight to see.
Huge makeshift pandals (structures) come up on street corners. Huge statues of Lord Ganesh, his parents(Shiva and Parvathi), their home in Himalayas are all very colourful and decorated.
Loud music - devotional and otherwise are on; sweets are distributed to everyone who visit. The events can last an entire week.
Visit the community festivities, take the Lord's blessings and relish the sweets if you are here during this time
This festival, perhaps, is the most celebrated festival all over India & South East Asia. A nine day (Navarathri) winter festival, it marks the ever running battle of good and evil, with good winning in the end. On the tenth day(Vijayadashami), there are celebrations marking this divine victory.
Whether it is Goddess Durga killing the demon Mahisha in East India or Rama killing Ravana in the North or the huge military and cultural parade of Mysore, Dasara is colourful, with lot of pomp and extravaganza. It was also a time, in olden India, to start a new military campaign either to safeguard or expand an empire.
Our Dasara walk in Bengaluru takes you through temples and homes and showcases the rich culture and stories through the elaborate statues and dolls that depict these stories.