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Every Hindu household in the north celebrates this festival with style. Every house is lit with fairy lights, crackers are curst, and rangolis are put outside and inside homes and happiness hangs in the air. Make sure you experience the most grandest and joyous Diwali this year on 11th November! Happy Diwali!
The train journey was a bit tiring. After reaching the Lokmanya Tilak terminus at 5 AM in the morning I headed to my hotel where I slept for a few hours. At 10 AM I was ready to begin my expedition in the city of dreams, Mumbai. The first place which I decided to visit was the famous Ganesh mandal of Mumbai known as Lalbaugcha Raja.
The name Raja is to denote and honour Lord Ganesh as the King. This Ganpati mandal is very old and is situated in the Lalbaug Market of Mumbai. It is said that in the year 1932 the market closed due to some financial problems. The traders and vendors then decided to make it a place devoted to lord Ganesha and pray to him to take all these troubles away. Shortly after the market started in its full glory and the traders since then established a special place for the idol of Ganesha.
The Ganpati mandal at Lalbaugcha was also a site where freedom fighters used to give speeches to awaken the masses. It was a place of meeting by Lokmanya Tilak and other prominent freedom fighters of the country. It is since then that Lalbaucha gained a prominent place in the hearts of Mumbaikars and during every Ganpati utsav it’s the Raja of lalbaugcha which gains the limelight of everyone.
I was very thrilled and ecstatic at visiting the Ganpati mandal. I had seen the idol of Ganpati on TV many occasions but being there personally with Lord Ganesh in front of you was a divine feeling which cannot be expressed in words. The vibes and energy at the place were so good that one forgets about all their troubles and just hails the lord as Ganpati Bappa Morya.
This visit was a very good start for the Mumbai trip. I took a lot of pictures of Lord Ganesha of Lalbaug to keep it as a memory with me forever. Once done with this visit I headed for my next place of visit which was Dr BhauDaji Lad Museum of Mumbai located in Byculla East.
Balasore is a famous tourist destination in the state of Orissa and people flock here in abundance. The city is famous for its national and international tourists as well as the culture and festivals at Balasore. The picturesque beauty of the exotic beach with the help of its festivals and cultural programs has made it an important tourist hub. After stepping inside the city and surrounding myself with its warmth I came to realize the importance of festivals and culture in one’s life as every small thing in the city reflected its ancient and cultural heritage.
A unique blend of festivals and traditions is what the place is all about. The people are friendly and eager to celebrate life through their festivals like Holi, Christmas, Good Friday, Diwali, Eid, Dussera, Navaratri, Moharram, Durga Puja, Ganesh Chaturthi and Maha Shivratri. The diverse festivals are celebrated with eager breath by all that is by every person belonging to any religious groups.
The people get together irrespective of their religion and celebrate all with equal aplomb.The culture of the city is also reflected through its historical temples. Temples of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are very popular amongst the devotees. There are famous places of worship for people belonging to the Jain community, the Muslim community and even Buddhists. Statues of Lord Buddha have been discovered in many places. The Vishnu temples highlight and focus on the cultural fascinations and inclinations of people.
I took many beautiful pictures of these places. I wanted to show my friends the diverse culture and their love and tolerance for each other and also each other’s religion through my photographs.
Looking at the culture and festivals at Balasore, I have come to realize that the same is simply reflected and revealed through the people of that place as well as their ancient heritage buildings. The outlook of the common man decides whether the city or state or the country is rich in its culture and if they all are eager to celebrate functions and festivals then the place is surely rich in its culture. The trip of Balasore has been an eye-opener as it has helped me immensely in gaining knowledge.
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On my way back to the hotel, I was forced to stop at a place and it was the most memorable part of my journey as I want to take part in what is undoubtedly the chief attraction of the state of Haryana, the festivals. The state has many attractions, which invite many tourists all around the year. There are many festivals in the state of which I shall mention a few. The first festival that marks the start of the year is the Lohri, which starts in the month of January 15. The festival is celebrated with much pomp and pleasure. It is actually celebrated in order to mark the ending of the winter season and the welcoming of the new season.
Lohri is one of the best festivals in Haryana, which is actually celebrated all throughout the state by offering natural things. It is also considered as a special occasion for any marriage or birth of a child at any home. The festival is also considered as the growth and reaping of new crops. It is also a grand event for cultural integration, which brings in the unity and harmony among all and a fresh start for a new venture. Next, we have the Surajkund Crafts Mela; this takes place in the month of February for a number of 15 days. The mela has been celebrating for a long time; however, it got its recognition in 1980s and from then until now, it is seen celebrated in the state. The mela is based on the art and crafts of the state, where the brilliant crafts and arts are mesmerizing to anyone who has been to that mela.
The next festival that falls under the line is the Baisakhi festival, which takes place in the month of April. The festival is for one day and is celebrated on 13th. I was very lucky to take part in this festival. It is considered to be the harvesting festival, where reaping is another source for its celebration. I also learn about Teej, which is actually a festival for the married ones. The married women celebrate the day to live longer and enjoy a happier married life. Most of these festivals in Haryana are also celebrated in most parts of the country. On this day, women dance and buy many bangles, bindis and jewelry to make them look beautiful.