Festivals of Hindu Brahmins of Maharashtra
Indian Communities in India, be it from any state, follow the Hindu calendar for festivals or finding the auspicious day for marriage or other events. The Maharashtrian Brahmins fixes theauspicious day for Marathi Matrimony after consulting the Hindu calendar. Even the festivals theycelebrate are according to the day mentioned in the Hindu calendar, also called
The Maharashtrian Brahmins are further divided into sub-communities all of whichcelebrate the festivals.
1.Deshastha Brahmins2.Konkanastha Brahmins3.Daivadnya Brahmins4.Devrukhe Brahmins5.Karhade BrahminsThe common Hindu Festival celebrated by the above Maharashtrian communities is Ram Navami,Gudi Padwa, Hanuman Jayanti, Narali Pournima, Janmashtami, Mangala Gaur, Kojagiri,Ganeshotsav, Khandoba Festival (Champa Shashthi), Diwali, Shivaratri, Makar Sankranti andHoli. Some of these festivals are celebrated is especially celebrated by the newlyweds. Just after completion of the Marathi Matrimonyrituals, the wife takes the responsibility of taking care of the
household and husband in particular. Festival like Mangala Gaur is very important for thenewlyweds.
Some of the important festivals are as follows:
Gudi Padwa: This festival is celebrated on the 1st day of Chaitra, which according to Gregoriancalendar falls in the month of March-April. This is officially celebrated as the Maharashtrain’s New Year day. This day, people erect victory pole or gudi outside the house. Special dishes fromthe state are made especially
. This day is considered auspicious for conductingceremonies like Marathi Matrimony.Ram Navami: This festival is celebrated on the 9th day of Chaitra. This is another importantfestival for the Hindu Maharashtrian Brahmins. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Ram, themythological hero of Ramayana and one of the revered Hindu Gods. On this day in Maharashtra,the new mothers eat Sunthawada or dinkawada, a traditional snack. Narali Pournima: This festival falls on the full moon day of Shravan, according to English calendar on July-August. According to customs, the Brahmin men wear a sacred thread around their body,which they change on this day. Other Marathi people celebrate Raksha Bandhan, the famous Hindu