Navratri (North India) - 8th to 16th October, 2010
Dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, Navratri is one of the important religious Hindu festivals. The nine-days long long event falls from the bright fortnight in the month of Ashwin. Devotees keep fast during the festival days and perform rituals before Durga Devi, the destroyer of evil forces.
Brahmotsavam (Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh) - 9th to 18th October, 2010
This Hindu festival is observed every year at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradsh. As the name suggest, the religious event was inaugurated by Lord Brahma, creator of the Universe. The gala occasion continuous for nine days and devotees engage themselves in performing Puja each new day.
Durga Puja (West Bengal & Assam) - 17th October, 2010
It is one of the important religious festivals, celebrated by devout Hindus of Bengali community. The auspicious event is announced on the day of 'Mahalaya', seven days before the first day of Durga Puja. The festival continuous for four days and vedic rituals are performed each day. Devotees dress themselves in new clothes, participate in religious affairs, cook festival foods like 'Khicdi', 'Payasam' and 'Dalna' and offer to the Goddess.
Karni Mata Mela (Bikaner, Rajasthan) - 8th to 17th October, 2010
Ardent followers of Karni Mata organizes this colorful fair, twice a year, in the Deshnok region of Bikaner, Rajasthan. The first one falls in the months of Mrach/April, while the second one is held during September/October. On the occasion, devotees put best effort to decorate the divine Karni Mata Temple and offer major items like grains, sweets, 'dwar-bhent' and 'kalash bhent.
Marwar Festival (Jodhpur, Rajasthan) - 21st to 22nd October, 2010
This two-days festival is organized in the memory of bygone Rajputs of Rajasthan. Dance and music are major activities during the festival. It falls in Sharad Purnima(according to Hindu festival calendar) in the month of Ashwin. The celebration take place in Jodhpur and folk artists from different parts of the state gather to be a part of this occasion.
Qutub Festival (Qutub Minar, Delhi ) - 22nd October, 2010
This three-day cultural festival is celebrated to appreciate the architectural marvel of Qutub Minar in Delhi. Delhi Tourism Department organizes entertaining dance and music programmes and leave no stone unturned to display the rich heritage site before the world.
Karva Chauth ( All over India) - 26th October, 2010
The festival holds great significance in the life of Hindu married women. They keep fast, dress themselves in colorful attires and offer prayer to the heavenly moon. The rituals are observed to seek blessing for the prosperity and longevity of their soul-mates.
Autumn Festival (Shillong, Meghalaya) - October, 2010
Autumn Festival unfolds the cultural extravaganza, every year, during the comfy months of October/November. The jazzing festival is organized by the government of Meghalaya, in co-ordination with other organizations. Fashion Shows, Food & Wine Festivals, flower exhibitions, kite flying competition, angling, golf tournaments, tribal dance and rocking music are major attractions during the festival.
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