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Machhindranath Jatra at Malang Gad near Kalyan

Machhindranath Jatra is annually held in Magh month. The annual jatra is held to the Machindranath Temple atop a hill at Malang Gad near Kalyan, Maharashtra. Machhindranath Jatra 2023 date is February 5. Hundreds of devotees visit Vajreshwari Devi Mandir during the festival. The shrine is located around 13 km from Kalyan. Machhindranath was a saint from the Nath Panth. He meditated here for very long period. He was the founder of the Nath Jogi sect. The day is of importance to the villagers at Malang Gad. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period. Machhindranath Jatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Tukai Devi Yatra at Pargaon (Salu Malu) in Daund in Maharashtra

Pargaon Tukai Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Tukai Devi Temple at Pargaon (Salu Malu) in Daund, Maharashtra. Tukai Devi Yatra 2023 date is February 5. Hundreds of devotees visit Tukai Devi Mandir during the festival. The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period. Pargaon Tukai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vajreshwari Devi Yatra at Tambave in Malshiras in Maharashtra

Tambave Vajreshwari Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Vajreshwari Devi Temple at Tambave near Malshiras, Maharashtra. Vajreshwari Devi Yatra 2023 date is February 5. Hundreds of devotees visit Vajreshwari Devi Mandir during the festival. The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period. Tambave Vajreshwari Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Dongarai Devi Yatra at Kadepur in Sangli

Dongarai Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Dongarai Devi Temple at Kadepur in Sangli District, Maharashtra. Dongarai Devi Yatra 2023 date is February 5. Dongarai Devi Mandir is an important worship place in the region. The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period. Dongarai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Honaidevi Devi Yatra at Hatnoor in Tasgaon

Honaidevi Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Honnadevi Devi Temple at Hatnoor in Tasgaon in Sangli District, Maharashtra. Honaidevi Devi Yatra 2023 date is February 5. Honnadevi Devi Mandir is an important worship place in the region. The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period. Honaidevi Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Amba Khelti Devi Mandir Yatra at Bopoli in Patan

Amba Khelti Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Amba Khelti Devi Temple at Bopoli in Patan in Satara District, Maharashtra. Amba Khelti Devi Mandir 2023 date is February 5. The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period. Ambakhelti Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Navalai Devi Yatra at Rasati in Patan

Navalai Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Navalai Devi Temple at Rasati in Patan in Satara District, Maharashtra. Rasati Navalai Devi Yatra 2023 date is February 4. The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period. Navalai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Veer Mhaskoba Yatra at Vir Village near Saswad

Veer Mhaskoba Yatra is held in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at a sacred place (Veer Mhaskoba temple or mandir) at Vir village in Pune District of Maharashtra. This annual jatra attract scores of devotees. Veer Mhaskoba Yatra 2023 date is February 4. The temple is located around 26 km from Saswad and 32 km from Jejuri. Veer Mhaskoba is the manifestation of the Kala Bhairava form of Shiva. The shrine is decorated with lamps for the occasion. Special pujas and rituals are held. Processions are another highlight. Veer Mhaskoba Yatra is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mahasiddha Yatra at Bhandarkavathe in Solapur

Mahasiddh Yatra is held in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at a sacred place (temple or mandir) at Bhandarkavathe in Solapur. This annual jatra attract scores of devotees. Mahasiddha Yatra 2023 date is February 4. The shrine is decorated with lamps for the occasion. Special pujas and rituals are held. Processions are another highlight. Mahasiddha Yatra at Bhandarkavathe is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pazhanji Chiravarambathu Kavu Temple Pooram Festival

Pazhanji Chiravarambathu Kavu Temple is located in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is around  8 km from Kunnamkulam town. The annual pooram festival is observed on the second Sunday in Malayalam Kumbham month.  The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi and the annual pooram festival is noted for caparisoned elephants and melam. More than 50 elephants participate in the pooram ritual. Effigies of kala and temple folk arts are part of the annual pooram festival. Goddess Bhagavathy and Ganapathi are worshipped in the sreekovil. Hanuman, Ayyappa and Rakashas are worshipped in the chuttambalam. The shrine is believed to be more than 800 years old. The shrine is located amidst paddy field.  Special pujas and traditional rituals are part of the festival. Thousands of people arrive to witness the various festivities and pageantry. 

Sri Kunniradathu Dushala Temple Malakuda Festival

Sri Kunniradathu Malanada Dushala Temple Malakuda festival is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Dushala of Mahabharata. The annual festival is noted for its unique rituals, traditions and pageantry.  The festival is famous for Kettukazhcha – a ritual in which shapes of horse, ox (Eduppu Kala and Eduppu Kuthira) and other pageantry are carried to the shrine. Hundreds of devotees participate in the ritual and festivities. The shrine is traditionally decorated with leaves, coconut fronds, lamps, lights and other flowers.

Palacode Nagathinu Kodukkal

Palacode Nagathinu Kodukkal is observed on Ayilyam Nakshatarm day in Kumbham month as per traditional Malayalam calendar in Kerala. The shrine is located in Kannur. Nagas are worshipped in the temple. This is a unique traditional ritual observed in the temple. Hundreds of devotees participate in the ritual. The shrine is traditionally decorated with leaves, coconut fronds, lamps, lights and other flowers.

Ayilyam Festival at Memunda Madam Temple in Kerala – Memunda Madam Ayilyam Nakshatram Rituals

Ayilyam Nakshatra or birth star in Kumbha Masam as per Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala is of great significance at Memunda Madam Temple, which is famous for Nagaraja worship. On this day, special rituals and pujas dedicated to Snakes including Nagaraja and Nagayakshi are performed. The shrine is located at Memunda in near Vadakara, Kerala.  The offerings made on the day include Noorum Palum and Kadalipazham. Special nagapooja and sarpabali are offered in the Naga shrine here. It is considered highly auspicious to offer prayers to Nagas or Snakes on the day. It is believed that people get relief from Naga Doshas by performing pujas on the day. Thousands of devotees arrive from various parts of Kerala to offer prayers at the temple.

Ma Sheetla Chaukia Mandir at Jaunpur – Goddess Sheetala Devi Temple at Jaunpur

Ma Sheetla Chaukia Mandir is a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Sheetala Devi at Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. The temple is located around 60 km from Varanasi . Jaunpur Goddess Sheetala Devi Temple is more than 500 years old and the murti (idol) worshipped in the temple was found in a nearby pond. One Devchand Mali of the region had a dream in which Ma Sheetala told him about Her murti hidden in the pond. The present temple was constructed in 1874 AD by a person in the region who was blessed with children after praying to the Goddess. The main murti worshipped in the temple is south facing. Devotees can enter the shrine from east and west. The murti of Goddess Sheetala Devi is made out of a rare black stone and is adorned with a crown. It is three feet in height and the most striking feature of the murti is its bulging eyes. Only the face of Goddess is visible as rest of the part of the body is always covered with marigold garlands. The main temple is locate