The word Bathukamma has the literal meaning that ‘Mother Goddess, come alive’. This is the most beautiful festival of flowers that is devoted to the Goddess Gauri. The festival is celebrated in the parts of the Andhra Pradesh and in Telangana. The festivities begin by worshipping the Lord Ganesha and the women dance around the arrangement of flowers that is placed on the seven concentric circles of wood which represents the gopuram.
Bathukamma begins on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and concludes on the Ashwayuja Ashtami which is also known as Durgashtami.
In the tribal land of the Chhattisgarh, an exceptional 75-day festival is celebrated which is the Bastar Dussehra. It is related to the nature, mysticism, and the deity of Bastar Goddess Danteshwari. In the 13th century, the king of Bastar King Purushottam Dev started this tradition.
The festivities include the age-old rituals which comprise the worship of wood (pata jatra), posting of the pillars (deri gadhai), urn installation (kalash staphna), throne installation for Devi Kachan (kachan gaadi), nocturnal festival (nisha jatra), the conference of the tribal chieftains (muria durbar) and the concluding day farewell to deities (ohadi).
Varanasi Ram Lila
The oldest city Varanasi is popular for its Ramlila and it is performed beside the fort of Ramnagar Fort since the early 1800s. The credit for this goes to Udit Narayan Singh who was the king of Benaras.
The complete ground around the fort is utilized for the stage with structures that are built permanently in order to represent the major locations of the Ramlila story such as Lanka, Ayodhya, Ashok Vatika, and others.
The actors move from place to place as they perform the Ramlila which includes masks, papier-mache figures, and music that attracts the audience and keep them completely focused. These performances are done by the actors without making use of the loudspeakers and still, viewers come here in thousands of numbers to watch the Ramlila.