India is a land of rich and varied cultural heritage. The multihued culture of India is best manifested in the various festivals that are celebrated with a great deal of pomp and grandeur throughout the country. The state of Chhattisgarh is no exception.
This colorful state located in central India is bestowed with a lot of natural beauty. The tribals form a major part of the population in this state. The Fairs and Festivals in Chhattisgarh give you the unique opportunity to have a first hand experience of the tribal culture of the state.
Of all the Fairs and Festivals in Chhattisgarh, Dussehra is celebrated with greatest ostentation and ceremony. It is rather interesting to know that Dussehra in Chhattisgarh is celebrated for totally different reasons. While the rest of India burns the effigy of Ravana on the occasion of Dussehra, in Chhattisgarh it is celebrated in honor of Goddess Danteshwari. The tribals participate and bring their deities from the villages to the Temple of Goddess Danteshwari in Jagdalpur.
Unrestrained merry making characterizes the Fairs and Festivals of Chhattisgarh. Rajim Lochan Mahotsav is a fair which lasts for 15 days. A large number of people participate in this colorful carnival. It is a time for all to come together, to exchange greetings, to buy various products that reflect the dexterity of Chhattisgarh craftsmen.
There are several other Fairs and festivals which are celebrated with a great deal of joy.
Chhattisgarh is famous for its festivals. Pola, Nawakhai, Dussehara, Deepavali, Holi, Govardhan Pooja are celebrated with gaiety and festivity.