Festivals in Gandhidham
Navratri in GandhidhamAs the Navratri draws nearer, there is a cultural hustle bustle in the city. Oslo Navratri ground offers one of the finest Navratri arrangements in Gujarat.It is famous for its gaiety and extravaganza. Navratri means nine nights. It is a symbol of the worshipping goddess of Shakti which supports the entire world. Mother goddess destroys evils and protects her worshippers. Mother goddess has seven famous forms and she exercises her power as need be. Navratri is an ancient and colorful festival. It is celebrated throughout Gujarat & Mumbai with religious fervor & joy.
An interesting feature of Navratri is Garba which is performed by women around Garba pot filled with water. You can watch the awful sight as the participants clap in a stable rhythm along the singer and the music is performed by the drummer. Another famous feature is stick dance-dandia-ras performed by men and women joined in a perfect circle holding small polished sticks called dandis. As they twirl to the invigorating beat, men and women strike their sticks together creating a jovial ambiance. It is a unforgettable & an incredible sight as men and women wear their colorful clothes and dance with paramount ecstasy. These dances Garba and dandia–ras is so popular that organizer conduct completion and best performer gets a prize.
Modhera Dance Festival in GandhidhamModhera dance festival is held after Uttrayan, during the third week of January every year. Modhera is famous for sun temple built in the 11th century. You can still find the ruins of sun temple. At one point of time Modhera has great importance. The temple was built near Anhilvad which was the former Hindu capital of Gujarat. This temple has a great resemblance of Jain temple built in Mount Abu. The idea of dance festival is inspired by the sculptures outside Lord Surya. The presentation of classical dance became so successful that a decision was taken to make it an annual event and it gives a spectacular sight.
When: Third week of January
Janmashtami in GandhidhamJanmashtmi, the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great fervor in Gandhidham.Lord Krishna is worshipped in his infant form whereas; Bhajan and kirtans are sung everywhere. Lights are lit everywhere and temples are specially decorated on the eve of Janmashtmi. Devotees rush to the temples to offer prayer.
Makar Sankranti in GandhidhamKites are flown not only in Gandhidham but all over Gujarat to mark the occasion of Makar Sankranti. The celebration symbolizes the end of winter and welcomes the heat of summer. With the bright daylight, clear sky and the musical breeze kite are flown which makes it very special occasion. People leave their important work and join the kite flying celebration. Though Ahmedabad and Baroda is famous for its Kite festival, it is celebrated with equal fervor in another part of Gujarat as well. The International kite festival is held every year in Ahmedabad.
The Kite-flying celebration continues throughout the day. It offers a colorful sky as participants use amazing kites, a panorama to watch out. Participants use kites of different variety, shape and sizes. Preparations are done days ahead of Makar Sankranti. There are kite flying competitions held in Gandhidham. You can hear mild cries when the kites of their rival are cut and it adds the flavor of the celebrations.
Apart from these, many other festivals like Diwali and Holi are celebrated in complete fervor.