With Holi gone, we still have several Hindu festivals in March 2018 lined up. Which are they? Here is a ready reckoner of all the fairs and other important Hindu events for the month of March. Please note that if you are looking up this list in 2019, then this information may not be entirely correct.
Hindu festivals in March 2018
1. Paripally Gajmela, Kollam, Kerala
If you are in Kerala at this time of the year, then there is a wonderful opportunity of witnessing a festival of elephants. This magnificent fair is held in the Kollam district and its date is March 4 this year. Animal rights activists might cringe upon seeing these gentle beasts being goaded by their mahouts but us Indians hold elephants in great respect. These beats are used in temples during worshipping and in forests, the elephants are also used to pull logs and other heavy material. And yes, of course, you also get to ride them during looking out for tigers and other wild animals in the jungles.
The Paripally Gajmela is held in the Kodimottil Sri Bhagwathy Temple.
Getting There; The closest railway station is at Kollam in Kerala. The closest airport is Thiruvananthapuram.
How to book your hotel; Please click this link https://www.keralatourism.org/
2. Mewar Festival, Udaipur, Rajasthan
From Kerala deep south, we come to North India and visit Udaipur, also called Lake City. People of Udaipur celebrate the founding of this city by organizing Mewar Festival. March 22 marks the founding of the enchanting city of Udaipur. Join a day-long procession that winds its way through the lanes and bye-lanes of Udaipur, interact with the locals, get to know about their lifestyle and food habits and generally have a lot of fun.
Mewar festival is one of the best Hindu festivals in March 2018, don’t miss it. It is on from March 20 to March 22.
Getting There; There are direct flights that connect Udaipur to Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur. You can also catch a train to Udaipur from one of these cities.
How to book your hotel; Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation is a great resource for booking your hotel in Udaipur.
3. Gangaur Fair, Jaipur
Another interesting March 2018 fair is that of Gangaur that will be celebrated between March 20 and March 21 in Jaipur. What makes this fair interesting is that the people of Jaipur celebrate the union of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. Shiva, as we all know is the Lord of Death while Parvati is his heavenly consort.
During the March April months, ladies prepare clay idols of the celestial couple and on the last day, immerse them in ponds or rivers. The last day of the season marks Gangaur. There is a big procession of Shiva and Parvati that travels through Chhoti Chaupar, Tripolia Bazar, Zanani Deodhi and other parts of Old Jaipur. Finally, this procession ends in the Talkatora area of Pink City.
Getting there; We all know how well Jaipur is connected with Delhi, Mumbai and other important Indian towns by rail and flights.
How to book your hotel; Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation website
Hindu festivals in March 2018 having spiritual meaning
There are several March 2018 Hindu festivals that are meant for the spiritually inclined. Let’s have a look at them.
4. Papmochini Ekadashi
There is no human on the earth who has not committed sins either willingly or by mistake, On Papmochini Ekadashi, all of us get one chance to purify ourselves by fasting for one full day. This year, that day falls on March 13, 2018.
There is a specific way to observe the fast and if you are interested in knowing about it, then please visit this resources: https://www.drikpanchang.com/ekadashis/papmochani/papmochani-ekadashi-date-time.html?year=2018
5. Yamuna Chhath
Mathura and Vrindavan are not just known for the boisterous Lathmar Holi. This year on March 23, people of Mathura celebrate the arrival of Yamuna river on the earth. If you are in the Agra- Mathura-Vrindavan area, then it would be a nice idea to experience this aspect of Indian culture.
Yamuna is the daughter of Surya (Sun god) and is the sister of Yama (the God of Death). She is also the sister of Vaivaswat Manu and the Ashwini Kumars. It was Yamuna who calmed down Shiva when He plunged into Her after being shot by Kama Deva ( the Lord of Love).
6. Ram Navami
And finally, we come to the most important event in March 2018- Ram Navami. This year, the birthday of Lord Rama will fall on March 25. People all over India observe a fast on this day and pray to achieve a fraction of the qualities of Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishnu.
That’s it, folks, for now.
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