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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events celebrated in Indore?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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If you’re packing your bags for your next vacation to Indore, you’re in for a real treat. Loud drum beats, colourful kites, traditional music and vivacious dancers – it's the time of festivals in Indore. You must be thinking, I did not mention any time frame. Well I did not do that because Indore is laden with celebrations and festivities throughout the year. Join in the celebration and double the fun of your holidays.

Even though the western festivals such as Valentine’s and Friendship’s Day are starting to crawl up their way on the charts, Indore hasn’t forgotten how to celebrate the traditional ones with equal zeal. Here are some of the ones which need to be discussed.

  • Ganesh Festivals

    There is a couple of festivals which are celebrated dedicated to Lord Ganesha. There is Ganesh Chaturthi and there is Anant Chaudas. Like any other city, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great zeal and fervour in Indore. The festival was celebrated with a much higher grandeur when the textile mills flourished in the city. At that time, the workers of the mills contributed money and arranged a carnival that was a sight not to miss in the entire city. It is one of the most auspicious festivals in the city even today.

  • The other festival, Anant Chaudas is also dedicated to the same lord. The festival is celebrated in the month of September. On the night of the festival, there is a large procession taken out which is followed by immersion of huge idols of Lord Ganesha in water. These are the festivals which aim at bringing in the families together, which is greatly helped by the delicious prasad of modak (Steamed ladoos) which is liked by everyone alike. Also, during these festivals, non-vegetarian food is not cooked in the household giving the purity quotient of the festival an edge.

  • Rangapanchami

    Rangapanchami is celebrated five days after Dulendi or Holi. However, it is not the usual Holi colours that bring in the desired effect, it is the colour of music that livens up the atmosphere. Indore is known for its unique style of celebrating Rang Panchami. On this day, different colours are mixed in water and are poured on others. The efforts are not only limited to individuals but the Municipal Corporation also becomes a partner in the crime by sprinkling coloured water on the streets of the city which adds another world charm to the festival and its spirit.  Interestingly, earlier fire brigade trucks were used for the purpose which sounds crazy but was and is the most exciting festivals celebrated since the times of the Holkar reign.

  • Navratri

    Navratri is one of the festivals which are celebrated through the country in some way or the other. However, it seems that there is some special relevance of this festival for the people of Indore. Why wouldn’t it be? It is a festival dedicated to the Goddess of Power in a city that was planned by a brave queen, hence embodying the spirit of this grand festival. The Bijasen Mata Temple, located on a small hillock called Bijasen Tekri, becomes one of the most active spots for the festivities. During the months of September/ October, a grand fair is organised at this temple which attracts a lot of pilgrims along with locals to the temple becoming a part of this zealous religious treat. Often during this festival, people observe fasts for some of the selective days or throughout to reach to their inner self and be a part of the process of self-purification. Non-vegetarian food is not cooked in the household during this time and the fasts are broken with a special Navratri meal that is prepared out of special ingredients such as Kuttu and Sabudana.

  • Ahilya Utsav

    Another festival that is celebrated with an inspiring zeal is the death anniversary of Rani Ahilya Bai, the woman who is credited to have planned the city. It is an annual festival that is celebrated in Indore where several fairs are organised supported by many exhibitions and processions all around the city.

Other festival that is celebrated with a lot of craze is Makar Sankranti which is also known as the Kite Festival. The festival is celebrated on the 14th day of January when the sky above Indore is rendered with thousands of colourful kites which are a part of competitions that are organised throughout the city.

If you thought the history and culture of the place was all that Indore had to offer, then I must tell you, wait till you hit the jackpot and explore the festivals celebrated in Indore.

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