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Hemis Festival

Hemis Monastery Festival
Image credit:- Madhav Pai




Hemis festival - It is a famous annual festival is held in late June or early July every year at 'Hemis monastery' the largest and richest monastery in all of Ladakh. This year it'll be celebrated on 14th to 15th July 2016.

The ceremony of this two day festival begins on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month and commemorates the birth of lord 'Padmasambhava' (founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet). The local people of Leh Ladakh come to celebrate the festival in their traditional dresses.  The festival take place in the courtyards of monastery with Cham dance or masked dance, performed by the resident Lamas of the monastery on the music of cymbals, drums and long horns. The cham dance represents the victory of good over evil. 

Chams are essentially a part of Tantric tradition, performed only in the gompas that follow the Tantric Vajrayana teachings.

How to reach :


It is 40 kms away from the south-east of the main city of Leh in Ladhak district.

By air:- 

Nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport at Leh. There are good avaibility of direct flights from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu. From airport you can hire a cab in advance to reach Hemis monastery.

By train:- 

Chandigarh and Pathankot are the nearest railway station to Leh and Chandigarh to Leh and Panthankot to Leh distance are 750 kms and 772 kms  respectively. 

By Road:-  

You can reach Leh from Jammu, Kashmir and Manali by private vehicle or public buses.

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9 Colours of 9 Days of Navratri Festival


9 colors of 9 days of Navratri


 Navratri a nine days festival of worshiping Goddess Durga and her nine incarnations. Navratri is a combination of two words 'Nav' and 'Ratri' which literally means 'Nine Nights'.
During this festival mostly devotees are excited to wear nine different colours of dress which signify that particular form of the deity on each day of the festival.

 Now the Navratri begins and everyone is getting busy with purchasing the best combinations of colors to immersed in festival fever and pandal hopping for garba and dandiya with family and friends, so gear up and take this amazing opportunity to visit and to be a part of celebration with on time and affordable car rental services in your city.

Here are list of nine different colours that are supposed to wear on different days of Navratri.

 Day First:  Red colour 

First day of Navratri is called as 'Ghatasthapana'. The day is dedicated to Goddess Shailaputri and the colour to wear on the first day for devotees is "Red"

Day Second: Royal Blue  colour

Second day of Navratri is called as Dwitiya and on this day 'Goddess Brahmachari' is worshipped. the colour to wear on the second day for devotees is "Royal Blue"

Day Third: Yellow  colour

Third day of Navratri or Tritiya is dedicated to 'Devi Chandraghanta' she symbolizes spirituality and meditation and the colour to wear on this day for devotees is "Yellow"

Day Fourth: Green  colour

On the forth day, the creator of the universe 'Godess Kushmanda'is worshipped. The colour to wear on forth day of navratri is "Green"

Day Fifth: Gray

'Goddess Skandamata' is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. The colour to wear on forth day of navratri is "Gray"

Day Sixth: Orange 

'Goddess Katyayani' sixth incarnations of Godess Durga is worshiped on this day of Navratri and the colour to wear on is "Orange"

 Day Seventh: White

Goddess Kaalratri the seventh incarnations of Devi Durga, worshipped on the seventh day of Navrartri and "White" is the customary colour of the eighth day of Navaratri.

 Day Eight: Pink

Goddess of kindness and morality known as 'Devi Maha Gauri' is worshipped on the Eighth day of Navratri and "Pink" color to be worn on the day.

 Day Nine: Sky Blue 

Goddess of supernatural power 'Devi Siddhidatri' is worshiped on the Ninth day of Navratri and the colour to wear on the first day for devotees is "Sky Blue".


5 Famous Ganpati Idols to Visit in Pune During Ganesh Festival


  Ganesha Chaturthi also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' is the important Hindu Festival celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha. The celebration has a long history and roots since the days of Maratha rulers. Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak initiated this festival as a public festival in 1894 with a view to uniting citizens and strengthen the patriotic fervour in Indians.
While it is celebrated all over India, Pune is said to have it's own traditions to celebrating this festival with great pomp and gaiety where the festival actually started.

 The city has the five Manache (Respective) Ganesh idols where you have must visit during Ganesh Utsav.

1. Kasba Ganapti : 

        Kasba Ganpati  
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Located in the heart of city at Kasaba Peth, it is also known as Gram Devta of Pune and the temple was built by 'Shivaji Maharaj' and 'Jijabai Bhosale'.

2. Tambdi Jogeshwari :

  Tambdi Jogeshwari
( image credit: google)

It is supposed to be a oldest temple in Pune, established in 1893. It stands second privileged Ganpati idol of Pune after Kasba Ganpati Mandal.

3. Guruji Talim :

Guruji Talim
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It is the third respective Ganapti idol in pune Located at Laxmi Road. the Guruji Talim Ganpati mandal was started by two Hindu and two Muslim families in 1887 even before Lokmanya Tilak started this Sarvajanik Ganesh utsav and hence it's considered as a symbol of Hindu Muslim unity.

4. Tulsibaug :

         Tulsibaug Ganesh Idol
     (image credit: wikipedia.org)

 It is fourth respective Ganpati idol in Pune Located at Tulshibaug. which was established in 1901. This mandal is amongst the first who Glass establishing Fiber statue since 1975.

5. Kesariwada Ganesh Mandal :


Kesariwada Ganesh
   (image credit: wikipedia.org)

 Lokmanya Tilak established this idol in year 1893 in Narayan Peth, Pune. It is revered of known as fifth respective Ganapati idol in Pune. Lokmanya Tilak started this festival with the motive of to enhance the sense of belongingness as well as togetherness among the citizens and still the mandol takes large cultural and educational events and concentrates more on social work.

Along with these you can also visit Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati idol the richest Ganesh Mandal in the city which was established in the year 1893.
   Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati idol
(Image Credit: bhaskar.com)

How to reach Pune :-


Pune is well connected by air, rail and road to other major cities in India.

    Nearest Airport :- 

     Lohegaon airport where you can get a transfer taxi to reach the city.

    Nearest Railway station :-  

    Pune junction is an important station of Central Railway Zone. 

    Bus Stand:- 

    Shivajinagar and Swargate bus stand. The city is easily accessible by state transport buses or rental cars from major cities such include Ahmadnagar, Aurangabad and Mumbai.


     If you are planning to visit to Pune to experience immense fun then we suggest that there’s best way to rent a car for the utmost convenience and safety travel to Ganesh festival.

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