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    Festivals in Madhya Pradesh

    Khajuraho Festival of Dance, Khajuraho

    Madhya Pradesh is deeply entwined with its festivals and fairs. These festivals and fairs in turn are deeply rooted in mythology and old cultural traditions. The festivals of Madhya Pradesh are celebrated with genuine enthusiasm and belief in the almighty. They also reveal to you, on your tour of Madhya Pradesh, the elements of a progressive society within its conservative and traditional framework.

    The main festivals in Madhya Pradesh include:

    Khajuraho Festival of Dance, Khajuraho
    Tansen Music Festival, Gwalior
    Shivratri Mela, Pachmarhi
    Navratri Festival, Ujjain
    Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival, Sanchi

    Khajuraho Festival of Dance in Madhya Pradesh

    One of the most popular cultural events in India, Khajuraho Festival of Dance is a memorable affair that is held over a week (February and March) and is watched by locals, tourists and celebrities alike. A showcase for the diverse Indian classical dances, the festival attracts the leading performers of Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Bharatnatyam etc. The festival is held before the floodlit temples in the Western Group at Khajuraho where the dancers perform on stage as an offering to the temple gods.

    Tansen Music Festival in Madhya Pradesh

    If you want to catch hold of different and intriguing sounds, styles and instruments, the best place is the Tansen Music Festival in Madhya Pradesh. The music festival is held in November/December and is attended by India's best vocalists and musicians whether from the classical, folk or fusion genre. You can get a glimpse of the show at the performance delivered for free at the Tansen Tomb to commemorate his artistic achievements.


    Shivratri Mela in Madhya Pradesh

    Though celebrated throughout India, Shivratri Mela at Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, is a unique experience. Held in February or March, depending on whether the last day of phagun falls in which month, the festival is attended by lakhs of devotees of Lord Shiva who rests in a shrine on the Satpura Range. The Mahadeo Temple is decked up with tridents that the devotees bring along and plant them on Chauragarh Hill that is nearby.

    Kumbh Mela

    Navratri Festival in Madhya Pradesh

    Ujjain and its temples come alive during the festival season of Navratri (Dusshera) that usually falls in the month of September or October. Another famous festival of Ujjain in central India is the Kumbh Mela that is held once every 12 years. Millions then flock to Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh to take a dip in the holy waters of Shipra River.

    Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival in Madhya Pradesh

    A Buddhist festival held at Sanchi at the end of November, Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival is attended by thousands of Buddhists monks and pilgrims. They attend the festival to view the relics of Buddha's two initial disciples whose remains were discovered in Stupa 3 (as listed at Sanchi) in 1853. The two disciples, whose relics are the center of this festival, were Sari Puttha and Maha Moggallana.


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