Maharashtra is a state of vibrant people, who never ever lose an opportunity to enjoy themselves and have fun. The numerous fairs and festivals celebrated in the state provide them the perfect opportunity to do so. Infact, these festivals and fairs signify the spirit of Maharashtrians and their never-ending zest to enjoy life - irrespective of the problems and tensions that hounds them every now and then. Amongst the most popular festivals of Maharashtra is Ganesh Chaturthi, in which people bring the idol of Lord Ganesha home, worship it with full devotion and on the tenth day, immerse it into the sea or a river or a lake. Whenever you visit Maharashtra, make sure to take part in its fairs and festivals and soak your self with the contagious enthusiasm.
Banganga Festival is one of the popular festivals of Mumbai, which is
organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), in
association with the Indian Heritage Society of Mumbai. The festival
takes place on an annual basis, in the month of January and lasts for
Elephanta Festival, one of the most popular festivals of the Mumbai
city of India, is celebrated every year under the patronage of the
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). It is organized in
the month of February, with the aim of showcasing the rich culture of
Ellora caves are one of the most famous tourist attractions of
Maharashtra. They are a representative of different faiths that have
been experimented over here. Right from the Buddhists and the Hindus to
the Jains, these caves tell a fascinating story about the evolution of
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that is celebrated in almost each and
every household of Maharashtra. Though it is celebrated in other states
of India as well, the scale of celebration in Maharashtra is simply
overwhelming. Lord Ganesha is the patron deity of the state.
Gudi Padwa is one of the major festivals celebrated by the people of
Maharashtra. It falls on the first day of the Hindu month of Chaitra
(somewhere around March-end or April-start) and is celebrated in the
state as the New Year's Day.
Kalidas Festival is organized every year in Nagpur, in the month of
November. It is basically a musical and dance extravaganza, which also
has performances by theatre artists. The exact venue of the festival is
the Ramtek town, which is situated in the Nagpur district.
Narali Pournima is a festival that is mainly celebrated by the
fishermen of Maharashtra. It falls on the full moon day of the Hindu
month of Shravan and coincides with a few other festivals like Raksha
Bandhan, Shravani Pournima, etc. The festival is celebrated with much
enthusiasm amongst the fishermen.
Pola Festival is celebrated throughout the state of Maharashtra, in the
Hindu month of Shravan (that usually coincides August). It falls on day
of Pithori Amavasya (new moon day) in Shravan. The festival marks the
day when farmers worship their bulls.
Pune Festival is organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development
Corporation (MTDC), in the city of Pune. It takes place during the time
when the Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated throughout India. The festival
stretches on for a period of around one month.