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Deepavali

 

Deepavali, the festival of light is celebrated by the display of fire works and bursting of crackers.Eventhough the festival is celebrated all over India, Deepavali in kerala has some rituals and festivities to claim as its own .it will be a remarkable experience for us to have a walk in the night of Deepavali .With the tranquil light of oil lamps embracing the land with a subtle charm, to be hindered by the occasional sounds of crackers.

 

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Mahashivarathri

 

Mahashivarathri, the great night of Lord Shiva is celebrated in Kumbham (Feb-March). It commemorates the day in which Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison-Kalakuda Visham to save the world from destruction.

 

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Navarathri

 

Navarathri festival which is called Dasara in Karnataka and Kali Pooja in Bengal is celebrated as Saraswathy Pooja in the State. During Navarathri days the Divine Mother is worshipped in one or the other of her different manifestations namely Durga, Swaraswathi, Kali etc.The Pooja in connection with Navarathri is known as Bhuvaneswari Pooja which means the worship of “Universal Mother”.

 

The festival is celebrated in nine days.The last three days are most important. It is called  Dugashtami, Mahanavami, and vijayadeshmi and they are considered more sacred than the other days. of Devi worship.It is believed that by offering prayers to Devi during these three days one can attain the full benefits of observing the Navarathri rites for the whole period.

 

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Kerala has its on festivals and festivities which invest the state with a unique atmosphere of gaiety and charm. And Kerala has so many of them that no one can probably have a better festi calendar then kerala. Some of Keralas innumerable festivals however stand out because of their uniqueness.

Onam is the most important harvest festival of Kerala and is an attraction for thousands of people within and outside the kerala. After 3 months of heavy rains, the sky becomes a clear blue and the forests a deep green.The brooks and streams come alive, spitting forth-gentle white foam, the lakes and rivers overflow and lotuses and lilies are in full bloom. It is time to reap the harvest to celebrate and to rejoice. The harvest festival of onam corresponds with the Malayalam new year,Chingam. There are many unique rituals , ceremonies and art forms related to this 10 days long festival, which is celebrated from the Attam asterisks to the Thiruvonam asterisks in the Malayalam month of Chingam.Of these, the most prominent day is Thiruvonam,the 10 the day of the festival.

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Ashtamirohini

Ashtami Rohini Festival in Kerala

Ashtamirohini, the birthday of SreeKrishna is of great importance. It is celebrated in the month of Chingam (Aug- Sept). Devotees visit the Krishna or Vishnu temples where special pooja and cultural programmes are held. Lord Krishna, the 9th avatar of Vishnu is the most glamorous and talked of character in Indian mythology. Starting from the tales of his amorous acts with Gopika and Radha, to his story velour and wisdom in the battles with Kamsa etc.and his great preaching’s to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita. In Guruvayoor temple the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with much enthusiasm.Kazhchaseeveli is arranged three times with Melam in the day time and Panchavadyam at night.Palpayasam and appam are the special offerings of the day. Tiny tots dress up as little Krishna and Gopikas and join the Shobhayatra on the Ashtamirohini . All Krishna temples in the length and breadth of the country wears a festive look. Devotees crowd the temples and special poojas are held on this day.The shobhayathra is a procession of tiny kids dressed up a Krishna, Kuchela( childhood