Festivals Celebrated in Mandirs

Explore the vibrant festivals celebrated in mandirs and the customs associated with each festival.

7/17/20232 min read

a statue of a woman in a gold and green outfit
a statue of a woman in a gold and green outfit

  1. Diwali: Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Hinduism. Mandirs are beautifully decorated with lights, and devotees offer prayers to deities, perform puja ceremonies, and participate in special religious rituals.

  2. Navaratri/Durga Puja: Navaratri is a nine-night festival dedicated to the worship of the divine feminine energy. In many mandirs, elaborate rituals, fasting, devotional singing, and dance performances (Garba and Dandiya Raas) are conducted during this festival. Durga Puja, specifically dedicated to the goddess Durga, is also celebrated in mandirs.

  3. Ganesh Chaturthi: This festival commemorates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity associated with wisdom and good fortune. In mandirs, clay idols of Lord Ganesha are installed, worshipped with fervor, and later immersed in water.

  4. Janmashtami: Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Mandirs are adorned with decorations, and devotees engage in fasting, singing devotional songs, and reenacting scenes from Krishna's life.

  5. Shivaratri: Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is observed as a night of fasting and vigil. Devotees visit mandirs, offer prayers, perform Abhishekam (ritual bathing of the Shiva Linga), and engage in meditation and chanting of sacred mantras.

  6. Holi: Holi is the festival of colors and marks the arrival of spring. Mandirs witness joyful celebrations where devotees play with vibrant colors, sing and dance, and offer prayers to deities.

  7. Ram Navami: Ram Navami commemorates the birth of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In mandirs, special prayers, devotional singing, and discourses on the epic Ramayana are held.

  8. Krishna Janmashtami: This festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Mandirs are adorned with decorations, devotional singing and dancing take place, and performances depicting episodes from Krishna's life, such as the Raslila, are enacted.

These are just a few examples of the festivals celebrated in mandirs. The specific festivals observed may vary depending on the deity worshiped and the traditions followed by different mandirs and regions.

Mandirs (temples) are places of religious worship and are often associated with the celebration of various festivals. While the specific festivals observed can vary based on the region, tradition, and deity worshiped in the mandir, here are some commonly celebrated festivals in mandirs across different Hindu traditions: