March 2018 India Festivals and Events Guide

March 2018 India Festivals and Events Guide

Chinakkathoor Pooram

Date: March 1, 2018.
Place: Chinakkathoor Bhagavathi Temple, Palappuram, Palakkad, Kerala.

Chinakkathoor pooram is a spectacular temple festival held in Bhagavathy Temple , with a colorful procession, accompanied by decorated elephants and traditional drumming.

Festival of Bharat
Date: March 1-4, 2018.
Place:  Tijara Fort Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan

This four-day festival showcases Indian music, literature, debate, yoga and meditation, celebrity discussions, healthy food, Ayurveda, and a Holi party with organic colors.

International Yoga Festival
Date: March 1-7, 2018.
Place: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

The International Yoga Festival offers yoga classes from famous Yoga teachers, discussions with India’s leading spiritual leaders, and other events includes vegetarian cooking etc.

Date: March 2, 2018.

Holi is known as the “Festival of Colors”. People throw colored powder and colour water each other and celebrate with parties, and beautiful processions. .

Chapchar Kut
Date: March 2, 2018.
Place: Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, Lunglei and Saiha.

Chapchar Kut is a harvest festival celebrated in Mizoram. The festival includes traditional bamboo dance performed by women ,different styles of tribal dance performances with  beats of drums

Attukal Pongala
Date: March 2, 2018.
Place: Attukal Bhagavathi Temple, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Attukal Pongala is an important temple festival with  world’s largest gathering of women. During the festival day , Women cooks up a special offering for the goddess Attukalama. The festival has earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in the year 1997, because of the largest participation of women.

Uthralikavu Pooram
Date: March 2, 2018.
Place: Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple, Vadakkancherry, Thrissur district, Kerala. 

A famous temple festival in Kerala,  dedicated to the Goddess Kali. The festival includes folk art performances, traditional drumming performances and colourful fire works.

Paripally Gajamela
Date: March 4, 2018.
Place: Paripally Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali Temple, Kollam district, Kerala.

One of Kerala’s most spectacular temple festivals, the Paripally Gajamela offers the procession of decorated elephants, drumming performances and fireworks.

Kavant Fair ( Tribal Festival of Kawant.)
Date: March 4, 2018.
Place: Kavant village, Vadodara (Baroda , Gujarat)

Kavant Fair  is arural harvest festival and a  gathering of the Rathva tribe.On the accasion people dress up like gods and demons from Hindu mythology, and dance wildly.

Gudi Padwa Shoba Yatra
Date: March 18, 2018.
Place: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Gudi Padwa is the Maharashtrian New Year celebration. Locals dressed up like  great warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji and celebrate the joy of festivity. There will be a parade with many floats depicting the culture of the state.

Karni Mata Festival (Karni Mata temple rats)
Date: March 18-26, 2018.
Place: Karni Mata temple, Deshnok village, Bikaner, Rajasthan

600 year-old Karni Mata temple is an abode of thousands of rats, which are considered to be holy.

Gangaur Festival
Date: March 20, 2018.
Place: All over Rajasthan, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Nathdwara

An  important festival in Rajasthan, Gangaur is all about honoring the goddess. This festival is dedicated to  women. Colorful processions, accompanied by local bands.

Mewar Festival
Date: March 20-22, 2018.
Place: Udaipur, Rajasthan.


The Mewar Festival is a festival celebrates to welcome the arrival of spring season. The festival includes singing, dancing and cultural programs, and finishes with a huge colourful display of fireworks.

Attuvela Mahotsavam
Date: March 20-21, 2018.
Place: Elankavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Vadayar, Kottayam, Kerala.

the Attuvela Mahotsavam is a delightful water carnival with a beautiful procession of elephants celebrated in Elankavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Vadayar, Kottayam, Kerala.

Kodungalloor Bharani
Date: March 20-21, 2018.
Place: Kodungalloor Bhagavathy Temple, Kodungalloor, Thrissur, Kerala.

Thousands of sword wielding oracles, both male and female, gather the temple premises during the bharani festival. It’s one of the must see festival celebrated in India with a highlight of many specialities.

Date: March 20-30, 2018
Place: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.

A traditional tribal festival celebrated in Arunachal predesh, It includes rituals for prosperity, fertility, purification and sacrifice performed by the priest The festival includes folk performances and processions.

Malanada Kettukazcha
Date: March 23, 2018.
Place: Poruvazhi Malanada Temple, Adoor, Pathanamthitta, Kerala.

Decorated structures called kettukazcha are carried in a procession accompanied by a traditional orchestra of drums, Mandala kettukazcha offers a lot to devotees. Some structures are of 70 feet and 80 feet tall.

Painkuni Festival
Date: March 23-31, 2018.
Place: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Trivandrum, Kerala.

This 10 day festival, celebrated in Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Trivandrum, Kerala. Infront of the temple statues of the Pandavas will be placed.  On the last day, the male members of Travancore royal family  take the idols in procession to be immersed at Sanghumugham beach, Thiruvananthapuram.

Thirunakkara Arattu
Date: March 24, 2018.
Place: Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam , Kerala.

This is a 10 days long temple festival celebrated with the procession of decorated elephants with traditional chenda performance. Nine elephants usually take part in the Arattu. Other attractions are traditional Kathakali dancers, folk arts etc.

Ram Navami
Date: March 25, 2018.

Ram Navami is a festival marks the birthday of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Arattupuzha Pooram
Date: March 29, 2018.
Place: Arattupuzha Temple, Thrissur, Kerala.

Arattupuzha Pooram is a fabulous festival with the gathering of  around 60 elephants decorated by Anachamayams.  Legend says that 101 gods and goddesses from the neighboring villages visits Sree Ayyappan, the presiding deity of Arattupuzha Temple.

Dates to be announced.

Shigmo is
Goa’s biggest spring festival, and a  state version of Holi festival. The festival includes bright decorations, floats depicting Ramayana and Mahabharata scenes, parades, singing, folk dancing, drums performance and colors.


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