11 Most Famous Festivals in India during Monsoon

If you have been planning to partake in Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam, or any other celebration in India, we have a list of the top Festivals in India during Monsoon.

Festivals are an integral part of India. Being a diverse nation, there is a festival for every occasion or season. The famous monsoon festivals of India have different names, diverse customs, and merriments.

Take a look at these Festivals in India during Monsoon that you must attend.

1. Puri Rath Yatra

Places it’s celebrated: Odisha

Believed to wash all sins and grant salvation from the circle of life and death, Puri Rath Yatra is an auspicious monsoon festival in India. Celebrated every year at the Jagannath Puri temples in Odisha, this festival is one of the grandest religious events in India.

How is it celebrated?

As a part of the Ratha Yatra, the deities of Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra are taken out in a procession, a typical temple ritual. Then, three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures are pulled through Puri’s streets and taken to Gundicha Temple, the Lord’s aunt where they remain for nine days.

The massive chariots are as tall as 45.6 feet and have 18 wheels which the devotees pull during the yatra. The festivity, utter devotion, and bliss experienced lure devotees from far ends of the world.

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2. Ganesh Chathurthi 

Places it’s celebrated: Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana.

On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the famous rainy festivals in India, the elephant-headed God of the Hindu pantheon, Ganesh is worshipped for nine days. Ganesha is the Lord who removes obstacles from daily lives and is loved like family.

How is it celebrated?

Every year during the season of monsoon, Lord Ganesha’s massive idols are raised on huge podiums, while devotees also worship the Lord in their homes. On the tenth day of the festival, the idols are taken on a grand procession after which they are immersed in the water bodies.

The religious festival has a moral lesson of worshiping the idol form and the formless. Maharashtra is drenched in the celebration every year. Sweets, savory food items, music, dance, colors, and the festivities, makes Ganesh Chaturthi one of the joyous festivals in India.

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3. Teej

Places it’s celebrated: Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand, and Maharashtra.

A colorful festival in India, especially for women, Teej is a celebration of the monsoon. Married women, mainly in the northern, north-eastern, and western parts of the country celebrate the Teej festival in India. The occasion is known by different names in different states, for instance, Hartalika Teej, Kajari Teej, Hariyali Teej, and more.

How is it celebrated?

The monsoon festival of Teej is said to be a symbol of Goddess Parvati’s reunion with her husband Lord Shiva, after 100 years of separation. Thus, women pray for marital bliss. Dressing up in traditional bridal wear and other outfits, they decorate their hands with henna, sing special Teej festival songs, and dance joyfully swings on flower-decorated swings tied to huge branches of trees.

Rajasthan, especially Jaipur has grand celebrations. The royal ‘Pink City’ organizes a royal procession of the idols of Goddess Parvati as she is believed to be the epitome of women’s power.

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4. Raksha Bandhan

Places it’s celebrated: All over India.

Celebrating the love and bond shared by a brother and sister on the day of one of the top Indian monsoon festivals, Raksha Bandhan. Falling in the monsoon season, mostly on the full moon night in the month of Shravan (July-August).

How is it celebrated?

To celebrate the noble bond of sibling love, the sister ties a holy thread on the wrist of her brother. Raksha means ‘protection’ and Bandhan means ‘bond’, therefore the festival is rejoicing in the bond of love and protection.

Raksha Bandhan signifies the love and respect of a sister, as well as the protection and care of a brother. Sweets, family revelry, exchange of gifts, and other festivities make it one of the much-awaited festivals in India.

5. Onam

Place it’s celebrated: Kerala

Onam is not only among the famous rainy festivals in Kerala but is also one of the most famous festivals of India. The celebration in God’s Own Country takes place mostly in the month of August or September as per the Hindu calendar. The monsoon festival of Onam is the major lure for people seeking holidays in Kerala.

How is it celebrated?

Celebrated since ancient times, Onam is special to farmers, as they rejoice after hard days of labor and witness the rains nourishing their crops. A spectacular carnival of elephants, temple rituals, music, and the famous Kathakali dance are associated with this festival. People are seen dressed in traditional finery, decorating their houses, and putting flower patterns called ‘Pookalam’.

A lavish feast of twenty-one homemade curries and sweet payasam served on a plantain leaf. The most intriguing aspect of the festival is the Snake boat races, held on backwaters where rowers compete, providing an adrenalin-pumping show.

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6. Janmashtami

Places it’s celebrated: Various states in India like Mathura and Vrindavan.

One of the loved deities of Indian Hindu Mythology is Lord Krishna. Celebrating his birth in great vigor is the famous monsoon festival of India, Janmashtami. Every year the auspicious birth falls in the month of Shravan (August – September). It is among the most vibrant monsoon festivals in India, as Lord Krishna is loved as a kid by Hindu families all over India. The birth anniversary of the Lord is celebrated in different ways in the different states of India.

How is it celebrated?

The northern parts of the country, including his holy birthplace Mathura and the town where he lived till adolescence Vrindavan, celebrate by decorating temples, praying, and singing holy songs. The western state of Maharashtra has the unique tradition of recreating the lord’s favorite pastime, stealing butter from pots beyond his reach by making human pyramids. Savory food, drinks, music, dance, and fun are a part of the excitement adding to the joy of rain.

7. Hemis Festival

Place it’s celebratedLadakh

Moving on to the next amazing festival that is celebrated during monsoon, we have the Hemis Festival. The famous monastery festival of Ladakh is celebrated at the revered Hemis Gompa, one of the richest and largest Buddhist monasteries in the ‘Land of High Passes’.

How is it celebrated?

The 2-day festival marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month that essentially falls around the mid-month of July. The appeal of the monastery festival is Cham, a fundamental part of the Tantric tradition of Buddhism.

Dressed in traditional finery, elaborate headgear, and lots of jewelry, monks perform dance drama accompanied by musical drums, longhorns, and cymbals.

Attend the festivals, get to be a part of the ancient traditions, enjoy the local cuisine, and adventure safaris on yaks and camels. Also, rains are a miss in the cold desert making your holiday a thrilling experience of monsoon in India.

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8. Behdienkhlam

Place it’s celebrated: Meghalaya

A popular monsoon festival in North East India, Behdienkhlam gives major reasons to plan a visit to India in the season of rain. Celebrated in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, the festival is a wonderful event expressing the victory of good over evil.

How is it celebrated?

Behdienkhlam, in the local language, means, chasing away the Demon of Cholera. Once an annual cleansing, became an annual ritual, every July. After the sowing period of crops and waiting for rains, the dance festival of the Jaintia tribes becomes a major celebration. Crowds come together for merrymaking, delicious food, dance, music, and sports. This festival is also an invocation to God, seeking his blessings for a bumper harvest.

When the place in the beautiful Meghalaya, the abode of Clouds, and the festival is such a charming occasion, you must not miss out on a visit to North East India.

9. Sao Joao

Place it’s celebrated: Goa

Just like Goa, Sao Joao the Goan festival is full of vibrant, exciting, and fun-filled. The monsoon festival honors St. John the Baptist. Celebrated on the 24th of June every year, the festivities date back to the Portuguese colonial days. Now it is an occasion of merry-making, especially by the youth. The rains are charming in the beach state, as it spreads lush glory along with a new zest of life.

How is it celebrated?

Captivating the spirit of merriment and tradition, on the festival, youths jump into the water bodies to have fun. While the norm of the festival is an exchange of gifts in the form of delicious fruits, drinks, and other tokens.

Also, people dress up in colorful outfits, sing songs, recite hymns, and greet each other. In addition, find carnival-themed boats floating on the streams in most villages. The festival is the best time to experience the charming rural beauty of Goa.

10. Ganga Dussehra

Place it’s celebrated: Uttarakhand

Not exactly a monsoon festival but celebrated at the very start of the season of rains, Ganga Dussehra is one of the unique traditions of India. Usually held at the end of June. Primarily it is the worship of the holy River Ganges, one of the longest rivers in India. The river is Mother Goddess to Hindus and has been mentioned in numerous holy texts. In fact, the river is like a living being, granted rights.

How is it celebrated?

According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga descended on earth in the form of the holy river Ganges. Bathing in the holy water and offering prayers will purge you of all sins and also help your soul attain salvation. The occasion marks the combination of ten auspicious astronomical instances. People offer prayers to the River Goddess and Lord Shiva before the rain transforms the gentle river into nature’s wrath.

11. Adiperukku

Place it’s celebrated: Tamil Nadu

Water is life and as rains bring water to rivers, ponds, and other sources, it is one of the largest celebrations. Last on the list but definitely not least, Adiperukku is a holy monsoon festival in India mostly celebrated in Tamil Nadu. Mainly a female-oriented festival, the date generally falls on the 2nd or the 3rd of August.

How is it celebrated?

Women of Tamil Nadu pray to the life-sustaining properties of water. Hence, the festival celebrates rivers, ponds, and basically any source of water. Celebrating life in essence, the occasion means delicious food, beautifully decorated homes, and equally decked-up women in all their finery.

Monsoon festivals in India have a unique charm. Fairs, festivities, a glimpse of the colorful culture, mouthwatering food, and traditional Indian hospitality give you enough reasons to visit India with family, friends, and loved ones.

India is called the “land of festivals,” and a festival is observed somewhere in the nation every day. The monsoon festival often occurs during the holy month of Shravan. During this time, there are many fairs and festivals where people dance, sing, and feast to welcome the rain. Book the tour package and enjoy the festivals in India. Also, you will get discounts and offers when booking the package with Indian Holiday. So, contact us now!

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Debashree Chakraborty

A travel writer by profession and self-professed addict to literature and travelling. Go through her penned down travel experiences on indianholiday.com

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  • Rakhi

    Thanks for sharing.