The monsoon in India, jump starts from the month of June to September every year. It gives a new lease to the people from the scorching heat of summers by splashing up with exuberant rains. In Hindu culture, several festivals are celebrated during the monsoons, which offers prayers to the almighty in a view to welcome the rains and cultivation.
- Ganga Dussehra
Ganga Dussehra is a Hindu festival celebrated in the month of May or June at the major Ghats of River Ganga; like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Prayag and Varanasi during the onset of monsoon. It is believed that on this day, the sacred river Ganga emanated on earth. Hundreds and thousands of devotees meet to offer their accolades to the holy river Ganga and perform “Aarti”, chanting of “Bhajans” and “Kirtans”.
- Raksha Bandhan
The festival of brothers and sisters – “Raksha Bandhan” is celebrated on the last day of “Sravan” or “Saawan”. It falls between the months of July to August. On this day the sisters tie a “Rakhi” on the wrist of their brothers which signifies the affectionate bond of protection, love and care between them. Prayers are offered by sisters for the good health, prosperity and long life of their brothers.
“Janamashtami” festival signifies the birth of Lord Krishna and celebrated between the months of August and September with great pomp and show. People decorate their houses with idols of “Baal Krishna” on a cradle and the temples are enchanted with prayers the whole night. The birthplace of Lord Krishna is Mathura, but Janmashtami is celebrated with much fervor all over India with equal devotion. Each state of India has special offerings during Janamashtami celebrations like the Maharashtra style “Dahi Handi” or the“Nandotsav” of Tamil Nadu. The festivals has even moved beyond the boundaries by ISKON to world over.
“Teej” or the “Haritalika Teej” is a Hindu festival observed by married women who keep fast whole day and offer prayers for the long life of their husbands. The fasting women later feast on the other day in view of celebrating the festival. Teej festival is devoted to the Hindu Goddess Parvati which honors the reunion of Goddess Parvati with Lord Shiva and is celebrated in monsoon season by Hindu women in the North India.
- Ganesh Chaturthi
“Ganesh Chaturthi” is a ten day celebration that falls between the months of August and September to honor the birth of Hindu “Lord Ganesha”especially in the state of Maharashtra. The idols of Lord Ganesha are worshiped throughout the festival and later immersed in the sea symbolizing the end of celebrations and start of a new beginning. Devotees sing famously-“Ganapati Bappa Morya, Agali Baras Tu Jaldi Aa”. During the festival decorations are made using themes of social importance which is well appreciated.
“Onam” is a lively festival of the state Kerala in honor of harvesting crops, celebrated in the months of August to September. The festival is adorned with several remarkable events such as the boat race, the traditional “Onam” feast and elucidations of ancient martial arts form known as “Kalaripayattu”.
As the name suggests “RathYatra” is a Hindu festival linked with the “yatra”or conveyance of Idols on a “Rath” or chariot mainly rooted to the “Jagannath Temple”, in Puri, Odisha. Millions of followers join the Rath Yatra with devout, pious and religious zeal.
So with pouring rains and colors of monsoon all over, its time to celebrate the festivity around it.