Festivals in NandyalNandyal being famous as the most serene place amongst the devotees of Lord Shiva is a very religious place. It is mostly populated by Hindus, so all of the festivals celebrated by Hindus all around the world are also celebrated here with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Most of the Hindu festivals including Deepavali, Krishna Janamashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Sri Ramnanvmi etc. are celebrated here every year.
Every place celebrates some festivals more than other, for example, Raksha Bandhan, Holi and Karva Chauth are celebrated hugely in North India. In the same way some of the festivals have greater place in the hearts of Nandyal people and celebrated with much more passion and eagerness. Let us look at those festivals:
DasaraAlso known as Vijay Dakshmi and the festival of Durga Puja is celebrated to pay respect to Goddess Durga who defeated the demon Mahishasura. Dasara is celebrated in Nandyal for a period of 9 days in the month of September or October beginning from the first day of Asweejam month (the 7th month of Indian Lunar Calendaer). People wear traditional attires and visit temples all around the city on this occasion.
Vinayak ChavithiAlso known as Ganesh Chaturthi and Vinayak Chaturthi, is celebrated amongst all Hindus as the birthday of Lord Ganesh for a period of 10 days. To celebrate this auspicious day people make clay idols of different colors, sizes and styles of Lord Ganesh and place them in pandals and decorate it with flowers and lights. On the last day of the festival, the idols are immersed in ponds or rivers. People make special delicacies on the day.
Maha ShivratriMaha Shivratri holds a special place in the culture of Nandyal as the place has great importance for the devotees of lord Shiva. The annual festival held during the months of February and March attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world every year. The standard belief is that the worship of all Nava Nandis should be finished within a day before sunset.
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