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Rath Yatra (Carriage Festival) – Puri

Posted on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 16:37 by easytours
 

Rath Yatra is a major Hindu festival celebrating Lord Jagannath (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu & Lord Krishna). It is held at Puri in the state of Orissa, during the months of June or July (the date varies due to the Hindu lunar calendar) and hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees travel to Puri from all over the world to participate. The word Rath means chariot; and Yatra means a journey or a pilgrimage.

Most of the city's society is based around the worship of Lord Jagannath and the ancient temple is by far the most important structure in the area. The festival commemorates Krishna's return to his home in Vrindavan(an ancient forrest area in Madya Pradesh where the deity spent his childhood) after a long period of separation from the people there.

Jagganath Rath Yatra
The Jagganath Rath Yatra – Pulling the weight of history and devotion.


Gangaur Procession in Jaipur Finishes with Fanfare

Posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:27 by easytours
 

18 days of Hindu rituals and celebration ended with the conclusion of the Gangaur festival April 24 in Jaipur.

Gangaur is an important Rajasthani festival celebrated by women. Celebrated throughout Rajasthan, the event honors the Goddess Gauri, who is a symbol of virtue, devotion, fertility and marital bliss.

Humayun's Tomb
Forts in Rajasthan – a testament to the genius of Rajput military architecture

Women celebrate the holiday with ritual fasting, limiting themselves to one meal a day, and planting barley seeds in ashes as a blessing for fertility and prosperity.

For more than two weeks splendid pageantry filled the streets with costumed horses and camels while folk dancers festooned in traditionally bright garb sauntered throughout the city. The Gangaur idol, symbolizing spring and harmony between husband and wife, was carried through the streets on a silver palanquin as the finale of the festival.



UNESCO to scrutinize Delhi for possible World Heritage City status

Posted on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 11:03 by easytours
 

The United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organisation will send a team of archaeologists to Delhi to determine the city’s eligibility for World Heritage City status.

Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb is one of the three World Heritage Sites in Delhi protected by UNESCO.


Hampi - World Heritage Site in South India

Posted on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 17:54 by easytours
 

Traditionally known as Pampakshetra of Kishkindha, Hampi is situated on the southern bank of the river Tungabhadra. Once it was the seat of the mighty Vijayanagara empire.

The monuments of Vijayanagara city, also known as Vidyanagara in honour of the sage Vidyaranya were built between AD 1336-1570, from the times of Harihara-I to Sadasiva Raya. A large number of royal buildings were raised by Krishnadeva Raya (AD 1509-30), the greatest ruler of the dynasty. The period witnessed resurgence of Hindu religion, art, architecture in an unprecedented scale. The contemporary chroniclers who came from far off countries-such as Arabia, Italy, Portugal and Russia visited the empire, have left graphic and glowing accounts of the city. It covers an area of nearly 26 sq km and is stated to be enclosed by seven lines of fortifications.


Thrissur Pooram

Posted on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:14 by easytours
 
Thrissur Pooram is the most colorful of all the temple festivals of Kerala and one of the most interesting Festivals in India. It is celebrated in Thrissur at the Vadakkunnathan Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) in the month of Medam (April/May in the Hindu calendar). Situated on a hillock right in the center of the city, the spaciously laid out temple attracts thousands of devotees and tourists from around the world during the festival.

Thrissur Pooram is a magnificent spectacle with night long fireworks, colorful 'Kudamattom' (a parasol & peacock-fan performance), the famous 'Elanjithara Melam' (traditional Indian orchestra) and a splendid elephant procession. The best looking elephants from the various temples in Kerala are sent to Trichur to participate in the grand eight day Pooram Festival.

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