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Indore is a land of festivals. It is a perfect example to show the communal harmony nature as all the festivals are celebrated on the peak of their enthusiasm. All the festivals are celebrated irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Festival celebration of all the religions like Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh etc is celebrated here. There are so many fairs and festivals in the city that reflects the cultural glorious display of the central India.During the festive season, we can find the city shining with the malls decorated all over, streets lightened up especially for the convenience and a way to show the joy of people, shops remain open till late night (almost mid-night). Public places almost remain crowded and rush that shows how people of the city enjoy not just the festival celebration but the pre –celebration of the festival also. Indore’s festival celebration is the great attraction of the city.

The people of Indore celebrate all the festivals with lots of enthusiasm, grandiosity and magnificence. However, other than the common festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, New year, Christmas etc  which are celebrated all over the country in all the cities, there are some festivals which are celebrated with full eager, fervor , intensity and lot of passion especially in Indore are:

Ahilya Utsav

Ahilya Utsav is an annual festival celebrated in Indore. It is celebrated to pay tribute to Rani Ahilya Bai on her death anniversary. She was the brave queen of Indore.


Although Navratri is celebrated all over the country, yet it has a special importance for the people of Indore. During Navratri, in the months of September/October, a fair is organized at a temple of Bijasen Mata which is located on a small hillock called Bijasen Tekri in Indore. It attracts pilgrims in huge numbers.


Just like Holi, there is a festival celebrated in Indore called Rangpanchmi which is the festival of colours. It arrives after the five days of the grand festival Holi. The roads in the city are full of people with colours on their faces. We will not find this day like any other day. It has a total different scenario. The city once again after holi gets dressed up in festive colours along with loud music everywhere.

Raksha Bandhan

Rakshabandhan is celebrated in a grand manner in the city in which sisters tie a rakhi on brothers’/cousins’ wrist and brother promises to take care of the sister.

Ananat Chaudas

Earlier, when textile mills flourished in the city, the workers of the mills contributed money and labour to arrange a carnival of floats which is called Jhanki in Indore and celebrated the festival with great pomp and show. Anant Chaudas is celebrated around the month of September. It is a religious festival which is celebrated with lots of gaiety, mirth and amusement in the month of September. Large processions are taken out on the night of Anant Chaudas, and huge idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in water. The festival is celebrated with great zeal by the people of the city.

Fairs and Melas

There are lot of book fairs organized in the city generally on an annual basis. A large Marathi food festival is also organized which is termed as Jatra, celebrated once in a year where lot of different variety of Maharstrian food items is served in stalls. It is generally organized in Gandhi hall. Handicrafts and handloom fairs keep taking place in the city.

If you wish to experience the glimpse of every culture’s festival, Indore is the best place to visit in any festive season.

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