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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events hosted in Dwarka?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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It is often said that the best way to explore a destination is through its festivals. It is during festivals and celebrations that the true local colours of a place come forward, giving you a chance to peek into its culture and the various traditions. With an aura of spirituality to keep you company, festivals in Dwarka take on a unique character, an experience which will remain with you for a lifetime in your memories. These festivals are observed in Dwarka with extra vigour and enthusiasm, so make sure you plan your trip to be a part of the joyous festivities:

  • Krishna Janamashtami

    Visiting the land of
    Krishna himself, you can’t really be missing his birthday, now can you? Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with extravagant enthusiasm and fervour, a time when the city of Dwarka and its various temples see the maximum number of devotees coming to pay their respects, during August/September, depending on the Hindu calendar. Particularly the Dwarkadhish Temple is decorated like a new bride, with glittering lights and a very special attire for the central idol of Lord Krishna. The celebrations at the Dwarkadhish Temple begin with an elaborate, early morning Mangla Aarti, followed by Abhishek snan (the royal bath), Shringar, Shringar Bhog and a variety of different darshans, eventually ending in the Mahabhog which is a huge, regal feast for all the devotees. After this, the darshan usually closes at 3am in the night, once all festivities and celebrations are completed. Of course, no Krishna celebration is ever complete without the nand gher anand bhayo, jai kanhaiya lal ki chant, uniting all devotees in their love for the almighty.

  • Kartik Purnima

    Being one of the sacred
    Char Dhams in India, Dwarka sees enthusiastic celebrations on the festival of Kartik Purnima, the first auspicious day of a new year according the the Hindu calendar. This festival usually occurs during the month of November, closely followed by the auspicious Annakoot Utsav, celebrated across all 4 Char Dham sites. The idol of Lord Krishna is decorated lavishly and it is considered to be a rare darshan for any deity, one that fulfils his bodily purpose on earth. Delicious sweets and food is prepared in pure ghee and offered first to the lord and then distributed as prasad among the devotees.

Bring out your best clothes and the spirit of devotion while you lose yourself in the magnificent festivities and the infectious air of joy. Lose yourself in these festivities and you’re sure to go home with a happy heart, a holiday that will always stay with you in your memories!

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