WEST AND SOUTH INDIA Mysore Dussehra Festival â€“ A 10-days festival celebration of victory of good over evil. The great royal family of Mysore performs special rituals while Mysore bustles with cultural programs, poetry exchanges, food festi #
Sep or Oct
Chithirai Full Moon Festival â€“ 10 days of festivities leading up to a pompous procession celebrating the divine wedding.
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Apr or May
Thrissur Pooram â€“ Elaborate festivities featuring bejeweled elephants, processions, frenetic percussionists and classical dances.
Feb to Apr
Saga Dawa â€“ One of the holiest Mahayana Buddhist festivals where butter lamps are offered in monasteries. Monks parade the Holy Books of Lord Buddha from the Tsuk-La-Khang monastery in a large procession.
May or Jun
Durga Purja â€“ 10 days of grand celebrations with rituals and ceremonies celebrated in the honour of Goddess Durga. Thunderous drums and acutely bright colours rock the city during the festival.
Oct or Nov
EAST INDIA AND THE HIMALAYAS
Ladakh Hemis Festival â€“ Features colourful Masked dances put up by the Hemis, Ladakh Buddhist Lamas complete with bizarre costumes and the sounds of cymbals, drums and trumpets.
Kullu Dussehra â€“ The pulling of Lord RaghunathĘźs chariot by hundreds of devotees and 7 days of festivities with processions against a stunning backdrop.
Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
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