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Indian Festivals in April 2013

Indian Festivals in April 2013


(1) Ugadi  - Ugadi is also known as Gudi Padwa. Ugadi, which is celebrated by the people of Andhra Pradesh, marks the beginning of the New Year. The festival normally falls in the month of March or April. The exact day Ugadi is celebrated depends on the lunar calendar, which is traditionally followed in South India. Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of the first month on the lunar calendar.

(2) Gangaur  - Gangaur is a festival celebrated in Rajasthan in the month following the festival of Holi. The festival is a celebration of spring, harvest and marital happiness by women all over the state. It is customary for women to fast for 18 days following Holi and subsist on one meal a day. It is believed that Goddess Gauri returns to her parent’s home for Holi where her devotees pray to her to bless them with marital bliss. The festival is observed by married and unmarried women alike. The Gangaur festival celebrated in Jaipur is famous the world over.

(3) Ambedkar Jayanti  - Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar the man who drafted the Indian Constitution. Huge processions are taken out to honor the memory of this great person who fought against all the odds to become a leader and who gave India its Constitution.
Ambedkar Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Ambedkar, a political leader and social activist. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was born in Madhya Pradesh on 14 April 1891 at the Military Headquarters of War (MHOW). His family belonged to the Mahar community of Maharashtra.

Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar the man who drafted the Indian Constitution. Huge processions are taken out to honor the memory of this great person who fought against all the odds to become a leader and who gave India its Constitution.
Ambedkar Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Ambedkar, a political leader and social activist. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was born in Madhya Pradesh on 14 April 1891 at the Military Headquarters of War (MHOW). His family belonged to the Mahar community of Maharashtra.

(4) Mahavir Jayanti - is a festival that celebrates the birth of Vardhamana Mahavira, the formal founder of Jainism. Mahavira’s teachings have universal appeal, and he is hailed as one of the foremost of the religious leaders and social reformers that India has produced.

Mahavira was the 24th Thirthankara (seer) of the Jain Faith. He was born into a royal family, to King Siddartha and Queen Trishala of Kundalagram in Bihar. His parents were followers of Lord Parashvanath, the 23rd Thirthankara. Mahavira is believed to have been born on the 13th day of the bright fortnight in the Month of Chaitra (April).

Even from a young age, Mahavira was an intellectual person, questioning the cause of all the suffering in the world. He was a person of great physical strength and high intellect. At the age of 30, he gave up the material life and took to penance and meditation, seeking to gain knowledge of the Ultimate Truth. After 12 years spent in secluded contemplation, he decided that it was not enough to gain personal relief from pain and suffering and he started preaching his message to fellow human beings. Hence, he spent the rest of his life preaching the tenets of Jainism as realized by him and as preached by all the Thirthankaras before him.

Mahavira preached a five-fold path to Nirvana or Salvation. His followers had to strictly adhere to these tenets. The five main rules are Ahimsa (Non-Violence), Aparigraha (Renunciation of possessions), Asteya (Not Stealing Not coveting another’s possessions), Arjava (Simplicity) and Brahmacharya (Celibacy) .

(5) Hanuman Jayanti - The birth of Lord Hanuman holds significance among the Hindus. Hanuman Jayanti marks this holy occasion. The Monkey God is worshipped by wrestlers and body builders as he is a symbol of immense strength. These ardent devotees observe a fast on Hanuman Jayanti day.

Hanuman Jayanti, which celebrates the birth of Lord Hanuman, normally falls in the month of March or April. As per the Hindu calendar, Hanuman Jayanti falls on Chaitra Purnima the 15th day of Shukla Paksha.

(6) Mewar Festival Mewar Festival of Udaipur is a major festival of Rajasthan. This annual event is celebrated in the chaitra mas according to Hindu calendar that corresponds to the month of March or April. This year Mewar festival Start Date 13th to 15th April, 2013, The Mewar Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring. It coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur and has a unique charm about it. The festival of Gangaur is very significant for women of Rajasthan. It is a time for them to dress up in their best clothes and participate in the festival.

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