Festival & Upavas

List of Chaitra Festivals

Sheetala Ashtami: 21st march – Sheetala Ashtami day, which is also known as Basoda Puja, is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala.

Papmochani Ekadashi: 24th march – Papmochani Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Ranga Panchami: 17th march – At some places in India Holi is played on Ranga Panchami. RangaPanchami usually falls after five days of Holi festivity in rest of the India.

Navratri Ghatasthapana: 28th march – Ghatasthapana is one of the significant rituals during ChaitraNavratri. It marks the beginning of nine days festivity.

Ugadi: 29th march – Ugadi marks the beginning of the New Year according to the lunisolar calendar. This festival is also known as Yugadi.

Gudi Padwa: 28 march – GudiPadwa or SamvatsarPadvo is celebrated as the first day of the year by Maharashtrians and Konkanis.

Gangaur: 30 march/14th april – The consort of Lord Shiva, Gauri is worshipped during Gangaur festival. Both married and unmarried women worship Goddess Gauri on this day.

Yamuna Chhath: 2nd april – Yamuna Chhath is celebrated as birth anniversary of Goddess Yamuna.

Rama Navami: 4th april – On Rama Navami day Hindus celebrate the birth of Lord Rama. On this day Lord Rama was born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya of Ayodhya.

Kamada Ekadashi: 7th april – KamadaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Hanuman Jayanti: 11th april – Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god, widely venerated throughout India.

Chaitra Purnima: 10thapril/11thapril – Chaitra Purnima is the first Purnima in the year according to Hindu lunar calendar and it comes after Yugadi and GudiPadwa.

Baisakhi: 13th april – The most famous festival of Punjab is Baisakhi and is also the Punjabi new year.

List of Vaishakha Festivals

Varuthini Ekadashi: 22nd april – VaruthiniEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Parashurama Jayanti: 28th april – Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born on this day. The birth of Lord Parashurama is celebrated as ParashuramaJayanti.

Akshaya Tritiya: 28th april – AkshayaTritiya, also known as AkhaTeej, is one of the most auspicious days. This day is ruled by god Vishnu, the preserver-god in the Hindu Trinity.

Ganga Saptami: 2nd may – Ganga Saptami day is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. This day is also known as Ganga Pujan, JahnuSaptami and Ganga Jayanti.

Sita Navami: 4th may – Sita Navami is celebrated as birth anniversary of Goddess Sita. This day is also known as SitaJayanti.

Mohini Ekadashi: 6th may – Mohini Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Narasimha Jayanti: 9th may – On Narasimha Jayanti day Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha, a half lion and half man, to kill Demon Hiranyakashipu.

Buddha Purnima: 10th may – Gautama Buddha, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded, was born on Buddha Purnima day.

Kurma Jayanti: 10th may – Kurma Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Vishnu. Kurma was the second incarnation of Lord Vishnu during Satya Yuga. Special Puja is organized in Lord Vishnu temples.

List of Jyeshtha Festivals

Narada Jayanti: 11th may – Narada Jayanti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of DevrishiNarada Muni.

Apara Ekadashi: 22nd may – AparaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Vat Savitri Vrat: 25th may – Married women observe Vat SavitriVrat for well-being and long life of their husbands.

Shani Jayanti: 25th may -Shani Jayanti is marked as birth anniversary of Lord Shani. ShaniJayanti is also known as ShaniAmavasya.

Ganga Dussehra: 3rd june – Gangavataran, the descent of the Goddess Ganga on the Earth, is celebrated on Ganga Dussehra day. Goddess, in form of river Ganga, is worshipped on this day.

Nirjala Ekadashi: 5th june – NirjalaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Vat Purnima Vrat: 9th june – Vat PurnimaVrat is similar to Vat SavitriVrat. Married women observe WatPurnimaVrat for well-being and long life of their husband.

Mahesh Navami: 3rd june – Mahesh Navami is observed annually on Shukla Paksha Navami in Jyeshtha month according to Hindu lunar calendar.

List of Ashadha Festivals

Yogini Ekadashi: 28th june – Yogini Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Jagannath Rath yatra: 25th june – JagannathRathyatra is a huge Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Orissa.

Devshayani Ekadashi: 4th july – DevshayaniEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Guru Purnima: 9th july – Guru Purnima is a festival traditionally celebrated by Hindus. On this day, disciples offer puja or pay respect to their Guru.

Gauri Vrat Begins: 5th july – GauriVrat is significant fasting period dedicated to Goddess Parvati. This GauriVrat is mainly observed in Gujarat.

Jaya Parvati Vrat: 6th july – JayaparvatiVrat is significant fasting period dedicated to Goddess Jaya, a form of Goddess Parvati. JayaparvatiVrat is mainly observed in Gujarat.

Kokila Vrat: 8th july – KokilaVrat is dedicated to Goddess Sati and Lord Shiva. The name Kokila refers to Indian bird cuckoo and is associated with Goddess Sati.

Vyasa Puja: 9th july – Full moon day during Ashadha month is known as Vyasa Puja day. Traditionally this day is reserved for Guru Puja or Guru Worship.

List of Shravana Festivals

Kamika Ekadashi: 19th July – Kamika Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Shravan Somwar Vrats – All Mondays or Somwar(s) which fall during Shravan month are considered highly auspicious for fasting and known as ShravanSomwar.

Mangala Gauri Vrats: 10th July – First day of shravana month, 11th July Mangala gauri vrat,18th july MGV, 25th MGV,1st august MGV, 7th august last day of shravana month – MangalaGauriVrat is observed by married women on each Tuesday in Hindu month of Shravana to seek conjugal bliss from Goddess Gauri.

Hariyali Teej: 26th July – Hariyali Teej commemorates union of Goddess Parvati with Lord Shiva. This festival is celebrated for marital bliss and well-being of spouse and children.

Nag Panchami: 27th July – On Nag Panchami day married women offer puja and milk to Snake God and women pray for the wellness of their brothers and family.

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi: 3rd August – Shravana Putrada Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Varalakshmi Vratam: 4th August – VaralakshmiVratam is a festival to propitiate the goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu.

Gayatri Jayanti: 7th August – Gayatri Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri, the Goddess of Veda.

Raksha Bandhan: 7th August – The relationship between brothers and sisters is celebrated during Raksha Bandhan festival. It involves sisters tying a sacred thread around brothers’ wrist.

Gayatri Jayanti: 14th June – Gayatri Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri, the Goddess of Veda.

Kalki Jantiya: 28th July – Kalki Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Vishnu in coming future. Kalki would be the tenth and the last incarnation of Lord Vishnu at the end of Kali Yuga.

Hayagriva Jayanti: 7th August – HayagrivaJayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Hayagriva who is considered the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Narali Purnima: 7th August – ShravanaPurnima is popularly known as NaraliPurnima in Maharashtra, especially at coastal Maharashtra and Konkani region.

Sanskrit Diwas: 7th August – Sanskrit Diwas is celebrated to mark the importance of Sanskrit language, the mother of all Indian languages and the first among the ancient languages spoken in India.

List of Bhadrapada Festivals

Kajari Teej: 10th August – Next Teej after HariyaliTeej which comes after fifteen days of HariyaliTeej is known as KajariTeej.

Krishna Janmashtami: 15th August – Krishna Janmashtami is a festival commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna was the eighth incarnation of Vishnu’s Dashavatara.

Aja Ekadashi: 18th August – AjaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Dahi Handi: 15th August – DahiHandi is a famous sportive event organized in the cities of Maharashtra and Goa. DahiHandi is celebrated on the next day of Krishna Janmashtami.

Gayatri Japam: 8th August – GayatriJapam day is linked with Upakarma day and it is observed on the next of ShravaniUpakarma day.

Hartalika Teej: 24th August – HaritalikaTeej comes one month after HariyaliTeej and most of the time celebrated one day before Ganesh Chaturthi.

Ganesh Chaturthi: 25th August/5th September – On Ganesh Chaturthi devotees worship Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

Rishi Panchami: 26th August – Rishi Panchami is not a festival but a fasting day observed by women to pay obeisance to the Sapta Rishis and to get purified from RajaswalaDosha.

Radha Ashtami: 29th August – Radha Ashtami celebrates the birth of Radha, who was the consort of the Lord Krishna during the period of his life when he lived among the cowherds of Vrindavana.

Parsva Ekadashi: 16th September -Parsva Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Ganesh Visarjan: 5th September – On Ganesh Visarjan day the idol of Ganesha is immersed in water body, usually in lakes or ponds after a large procession.

Vamana Jayanti: 3rd September -Vamana Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Vishnu. Vamana was the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu during Treta Yuga.

Mahalakshmi Vrat: 29th August/12th September – MahalakshmiVrat begins on ShuklaAshtami during Bhadrapada month which comes after four days of GaneshaChaturthi.

Anant Chaturdashi: 5th September – Anant Chaturdashi is the most significant day to worship Lord Vishnu in Anant form. On this day devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a day long fast and tie sacred thread during Puja.

Durva Ashtami: 28th September – DurvashtamiVrat is observed during ShuklaPakshaAshtami in the month of Bhadrapada. DurvaAshtamiVrat is mainly observed by women.

List of Ashwin Festivals

Pitrupaksha Starts: 5th September/19th September – First day of PitruPaksha marks the beginning of the period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors (Pitrs), especially through food offerings.

Indira Ekadashi: 16th September – Indira Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Sarvapitru Amavasya – This is the most significant and last day of PitruPaksha. This day is also known as SarvapitriAmavasya or MahalayaAmavasya.

Jivitputrika Vrat: 13th September – JivitputrikaVrat is a significant fasting day in which mothers observe Nirjala fasting throughout the day and night for well-being of their children.

Shardiya Navratri: 21st September/29th September – ShardiyaNavratri is the most popular and significant Navratri of all Navratris. That’s why ShardiyaNavratri is also known as MahaNavratri.

Saraswati Avahan: 27th September – The first day of Saraswati Puja during Navratri Puja is known as SaraswatiAvahan. Avahan means invocation of Goddess Saraswati.

Shardiya Navratri: 22nd September – The second day of Saraswati Puja during Navratri Puja is known as SaraswatiPradhan Puja day.

Durga Ashtami: 28th September – Durga Ashtami, also known as Maha Ashtami, is one of the most auspicious days of the Durga Puja festival.

Maha Navami: 29th September – Maha Navami is the concluding day of nine days Durga Puja festivity. The main Navami Puja begins after the end of Sandhi Puja.

Dussehra: 30th September – Vijaya dashami or Dussehra is celebrated as victory of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana and also triumph of Goddess Durga over the buffalo Demon Mahishasura.

Papankusha Ekadashi: 2nd October – Papankusha Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Sharad Purnima: 5th October – It is believed that SharadPurnima is the only day in the year when the moon comes out with all sixteen Kala(s).

Lalita Panchami: 24th September – LalitaPanchami is a fasting day for Goddess Lalita and also known as UpangLalitaVrat.

Kojagara Puja: 4th October – Lakshmi Puja on PurnimaTithi in month of Ashwin is known as Kojagara Puja and more commonly known as Bengal Lakshmi Puja.

List of Kartik Festivals

Karwa Chauth: 8th October – KarwaChauth is a one day festival in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise seeking the well-being, prosperity and safety of their husbands.

Ahoi Ashtami: 12th October – Ahoi Ashtami is a festival celebrated in North India in which mothers hold a fast from dawn to dusk for the well-being of their sons.

Rama Ekadashi: 15th October – Rama Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashi vrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Dhan Teras: 17th October – Dhanteras, which is also known as Dhantrayodashi, is the first day of five days Diwali festivity. On this day Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped with God Kuber.

Narak Chaturdashi: 18th October -Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated as victory of Lord Krishna over Demon Narakasura. This day is also known as Kali Chaudas and Roop Chaudas.

Lakshmi Puja: 19th October – Lakshmi puja is performed during five days Diwali festivity. Lakshmi puja is the most important day of five days festivity.

Gowardhan Puja: 20th October – The day, when Lord Krishna defeated Indra, is celebrated as Govardhan Puja or Annakut Puja. This day is also celebrated as Bali Pratipada and New Year day.

Bhaiya Dooj: 21st October – On BhaiyaDuj, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing Teeka ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters.

Chhath Puja: 26th October – The Sun God, Surya, the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath Puja to promote well-being, prosperity and progress.

Gopashtami: 28th October -Gopashtami day falls on AshtamiTithi during KartikShuklaPaksha. It is famous festival in Mathura, Vrindavan and other Braj areas.

Kansa Vadha: 30th October – On Kansa Vadha day Kansa was killed by Lord Krishna and Ugrasena reinstated as King of Mathura.

Devutthana Ekadashi: 31st October -DevutthanaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Tulasi Vivah: 1st November – TulsiVivah is the ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi plant (holy basil) to the Hindu god Vishnu or his Avatar Krishna.

List of Marga shirsha Festivals:

Kalabhairav Jayanti: 10th November -KalabhairavJayanti is the birth anniversary of fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva associated with annihilation.

Utpanna Ekadashi: 14th November – UtpannaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Vivah Panchami: 23rd November – On VivahPanchami day Lord Rama and Goddess Sita were married and this day is celebrated as marriage anniversary of Rama and Sita.

Gita Jayanti: 29th November – Gita Jayanti day symbolizes the birth of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita, the sacred text of the Hindus.

Mokshada Ekadashi: 30th November – MokshadaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Dattatreya Jayanti: 3rd December – DattatreyaJayanti is the birth anniversary of Hindu deity encompassing the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, collectively known as Trimurti.

Annapurna Jayanti: 3rd December – Annapurna Jayanti is observed annually on Purnima in the month of Margashirsha as per Hindu lunar calendar.

List of Paush Festivals

Saphala Ekadashi: 13th December – Saphala Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Pausha Putrada Ekadashi: 29th December – Pausha Putrada Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Christmas Day: 25th December – Christmas is the most important festival for the Christians and is a religious holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Banada Ashtami: 26th December – Banada Ashtami begins on Paush Shukla Ashtami and ends on PaushPurnima. Paush Shukla Ashtami is known as Banada Ashtami.

Shakambhari Purnima: 12th January – Shakambhari Purnima which is also known as ShakambariJayanti, is the last day of Shakambari Navratri.

Paush Purnima: 12th January – Paush Purnima is a significant day in Hindu calendar. It marks the beginning of one month long austerity period which is observed during Magha month.

List of Magha Festivals

Sakat Chauth: 14th January – On SakatChauth, also known as SankashtaChaturti, Lord Ganesha is worshipped. Worshipping Lord Ganesha on this day brings happiness and prosperity.

Shattila Ekadashi: 23rd January – ShattilaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Vasant Panchami: 1st February – Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music and art, is worshipped on VasantPanchami day. Yellow flowers are offered to Maa Saraswati on this day.

Ratha Saptami: – Saptami Tithi is dedicated to Lord Surya. It is believed that Lord Surya Dev started enlightening the whole world on RathaSaptami day.

Bhishma Ashtami: – MaghaShuklaAshtami is death anniversary of BhishmaPitamah and this day is known as BhishmaAshtmai.

Jaya Ekadashi: – Jaya Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

List of Phalguna Festivals

Vijaya Ekadashi: – VijayaEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Maha Shivratri: – Lord Shiva is worshipped on Maha Shivratri day. It is believed that Lord Shiva was born as Linga at midnight on this day.

Phulera Dooj: – Phulera Dooj is marked on Shukla Paksha Dwitiya in the month of Phagun in Hindu calendar.

Amala ki Ekadashi: – AmalakiEkadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashivrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

Holika Dahan: – On the eve of HolikaDahan huge bonfires are lit to commemorate the burning of the DemonessHolika, the sister of Demon Hiranyakashipu.

Holi: – Holi is also known as the festival of colours. On this day people throw coloured powder and coloured water on each other.