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5 weird festivals in India to check out in 2016

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You must travel to these places at least once in order to experience some of the most bizarre Indian festivals.

1.Bhagoria Festival, Madhya Pradesh This festival of the Bhil and Bhilala tribes allows young boys and girls to choose each other for marriage, and then elope with their respective partners. The boy puts red powder on the girl he chooses to marry, while the girl responds by doing the same, if she is willing. If the girl refuses, the boy is given another chance to win her over. Celebrated in February or March before holi festival.


2.Agni Kheli, Karnataka A ritual performed as a part of the the 8-day festival of Kateel Durga Parameswari Temple in Mangalore, there are two teams in Agni Kheli of men wearing only loincloths, throwing fireballs at each other. If anyone catches fire, then that person is gifted by a special kind of holy water called Kumkumarchane. This festival is celebrated in the month of april.


3.Thaipusam Festival, Tamil Nadu Also celebrated in other Southeast Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Singapore and Thailand. In the Thaipusam Festival, Hindu devotees put themselves through intolerable pain by piercing various parts of their bodies, in order to seek blessings of the almighty. The festival is celebrated to commemorate the occasion of Parvati giving Murugan a spear to fight against the evil demon Soorapadman.Celebrated in the month of January or February.


4.Karni Mata Festival, Rajasthan Held in the famous Karni Mata temple of Bikaner, Rajasthan, the festival is both interesting and creepy at the same time. Dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, in this festival thousands of rats being fed by the devotees. These rats live in the temple and are said to be possessed by Goddess Durga. This festival is celebrated in the month of September or October.


5.Made Made Snana, Karnataka Held at the Kukke Subramania Temple in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, in this controversial festival, people from the lower castes rolling over the food leftovers of Brahmins on banana leaves. Those participating in this ritual, blindly believe that doing such a thing helps them get rid of various illness.




Source:IndiaToday

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