Fairs and festivals in November

Fairs and festivals in India in month of November

  • Pushkar Mela

    It is an annual Cattle Fair held at Pushkar in the State of Rajasthan. It’s a colourful fair attended by people from miles around. Camel races, acrobatics and folkdance and music are some of its highlights.

  • Hampi Festival

    Karnataka:Hampi Utsav, also known as the Vijaya Utsav, has been celebrated from the times of the Vijayanagar reign. Hampi being a World Heritage Site is an international tourist spot. This lively festival goes on for three days and is a mega cultural extravaganza with dance, drama, music, fireworks, puppet shows and spectacular processions. It is organized by the Government of Karnataka.

  • Kolayat Fair, Bikaner

    Kolayat fair is the largest fair of the famous town Bikaner, Rajasthan. This fair is held on the full moon day of Kartik month (Kartik poornima) at place called Kolayat in Bikaner. Kolayat fair is also known as kapil muni fair. On the day of Kartik purnima deep malika is performed in the evening. Devotees float lamps in the holy lake as an offering. The devotees also offer coconut, dry fruits and sugar as an obligation at the temple.

  • Bateshwar Fair, Bateshwar, Uttar Pradesh

    Situated at a distance of 70 km. from Agra on the banks of river Yamuna, Bateshwar is an important spiritual and cultural centre. The place is named after the presiding deity of the region, Bateshwar Mahadeo and has 108 temples dedicated to the gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon.

  • Kurukshetra Festival, Kurukshetra, Haryana

    Kurukshetra Festival coincides with Gita Jayanti, signifying the birth of the Srimad Bhagvad Gita. Pilgrims gather here to take a dip in the sacred tanks of Brahma Sarovar and Sannehit Sarover. Week-long Bhagwad katha, dance, dramas and ‘deep daan’ are part of the religious festivities.

  • Lucknow Festival, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

    The Lucknow Mahotsav or Lucknow festival celebrates the Lucknow’s living culture, which provides an insightinto the old, cultured, atmosphere of the city. Colorful processions, traditional dramas, Kathak dances in the style of the famous Lucknow Gharana, Sarangi and sitar recitals along with ghazals, qawalis and thumri create a festive atmosphere. Exciting events like ekka races, kite flying, cock fighting and other traditional village games recreate an atmosphere of bygone Nawabi days.

  • Puri Beach Festival, Puri, Orissa

    The Puri Beach Festival, offers a kaleidoscopic view of Orissa’s cultural heritage and modern lifestyle. The Puri Beach Festival is held over 5 days, in the month of November, on thePuri beach that is a popular tourist and pilgrimage destination on its own.

  • Chandrabhaga Fair Jhalrapatan, Rajasthan

    The Chandrabhaga fair is held every year at Jhalrapatan (6kms from Jhalawar). The cattle fair which blends religion with commerce is held here. Livestock like cows, horses, buffaloes, camels and bullocks are brought from distant parts for sale.

  • Sonepur Mela, Sonepur, Bihar

    Sonepur Mela-Asia’s largest cattle fair is held at Sonepur, in Northern Bihar on the banks of the River Ganga. Sonepur Fair is the only one of its kind where a large number of elephants are sold. These are purchased mainly by forest departments and people involved with logging operations. Apart from elephants, a large number of cattle and horses are also brought to the fair for sale. Various folk shows, games and jugglers can be seen in the fair.

  • Ganga Mahotsav

    It is a classical dance and music festival organised in the religious city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This five days festival is held on the banks of the River Ganga and the Varanasi Ghats.

  • Guru Nanak Jayanti

    Guru Nanak Jayanthi or Guru Purab is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak – the first guru of the Sikhs, celebrated with great fervour.

  • Chhath Puja, Bihar & Jharkhand

    Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya, also known as Surya Shashti. The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath fesival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. In Hinduism, Sun worship is believed to help cure a variety of diseases, including leprosy, and helps ensure the longevity and prosperity of family members, friends, and elders.

  • Diwali

    The festival of lights, as it is lovingly known, inspires people to believe in the power of good and signifies that no matter how dark the night gets, the light of a single lamp can enlighten one’s path. It is the biggest festival of Hindus and it is celebrated for five days continuously. The first day of Diwali is known as Dhanteras, on which most of the business communities in India begin their financial year. This day is considered highly auspicious for buying gold and silver, either in the form of ornaments or coins. Naraka Chaturdasi marks the second day of festivities; it is believed that Lord Krishna slayed a demon named Narakasura on this day. On the third day, Deepavali is celebrated, which involves the worship of Goddess Laksmi and Lord Ganesha. Besides this, houses are illuminated with diyas, candles and various multicolor designer strings of light bulbs. The night sky comes alive with the glitter of firecrackers. On the fourth day, Govardhan Puja is performed, whereas the final day is known as Bhai Dooj and celebrates the love between a brother and sister.

  • Muharram

    It is a Muslim festival that commemorates Imam Hussain’s martyrdom. Tiger dancers lead processions of colourful replicas of the martyr’s tomb. It is a nationwide celebration particularly colourful in Lucknow, the capital of the State of Uttar Pradesh.