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Mangueshi Temple of Goa

Mangueshi Temple Location     Situated at 22km from Panaji, the capital of Goa, at Priol in Ponda Taluka, Mangueshi temple is dedicated to Lord Mangueshi, incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is surrounded with lush greenary and is one of the largest and frequently visited temples in Goa. Mangueshi temple originated from Kushasthali, now known as Cortalim which is a village in Salcette. Salcette fell under Portuguese invasion during 1567 and the temple though preserved dutifully but later Read more [...]

Mangalagiri –Buddhist Site

Mangalagiri Location Situated in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, the town of Mangalagiri lays between the two cities of Guntur and Vijayawada. It is located at the distance of 19km from Guntur and 12km from Vijayawada. The meaning of Mangalagiri is "auspicious hill" and it is considered as one of the oldest towns and pilgrimages in south India. The town is precisely located on Chennai-Kolkata National highway No. 5 and has an altitude of 30meters above sea level. The site is considered sacred Read more [...]

Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad City

Mecca Masjid: in Hyderabad city Location Mecca Masjid is located in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad laying 100yards south-west of Charminar. It is considered as one of the main mosques in the city and a spectacular emblem of Islamic art and architecture. Borrowed its name and soil from the Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad is one of the oldest and holiest site of Islam. History Started by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the 6th Sultan of Golconda ( now Hyderabad Read more [...]

Mahabodhi Temple- Buddhist Shrine, UNESCO World Heritage

Mahabodhi Temple- Buddhist Shrine, UNESCO World Heritage Location Mahabodhi temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002 is located in Bodh Gaya of Gaya district in Bihar, India and is considered as one of the most popular spiritual destinations and pilgrimages in the subcontinent. It is 96km away from Patna, the capital city of Bihar. The temple is surrounded by the holy Bodhi tree (fig), the fifth successor of the Bodhi tree under which Buddha attained his 'moksha' or enlightenment. The Read more [...]

Lingapalem, Buddhist Site in Andhra Pradesh

Lingapalem Location Situated in the West Godavari district of southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Lingapalem is known for a 2nd century Buddhist structure discovered on top of the hillock of this small village. The village of Lingapalem falls under the taluk of Voletivari Palem Mandal in the district of Prakasam. At a distance of 328km from the state capital of Hyderabad, the village of Lingapalem is surrounded by Lingasamudram Mandal towards South and Ponnaluru Mandal towards North. Located Read more [...]

Zagor Festival -Significance,History,Rituals

ZAGOR MAINLY CELEBRATED BY CATHOLICS IN SIOLIM, IN BARDEZ TALUKA OF GOA. IT IS A FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTED BY DANCE, DRAMA AND MUSIC SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: This is an important festival of the Catholics of Gudem and Hindus of Dando belonging to western Siolim in Bardez Taluka of Goa. Zagor is the festival of nocturnal vigilance and literally the word Zagor means ‘to wake’. The celebration of the festival is done especially on the first Sunday that falls subsequent to Christmas. It is a way Read more [...]

Yemshe Festival Of Pochuris in Nagaland

YEMSHE A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE POCHURIS IN OCTOBER SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Being an important festival of the Pochuris in Nagaland it is celebrated generally on the fifth day of October every year, which is the final day of celebration. Generally this festival is actually celebrated at September’s end that continues to the first week of October. It is a harvesting festival and people rejoice the fruit of their hard work as a bountiful of crops. No agricultural work is Read more [...]

Yaosang – Significance,History,Rituals and Feast

YAOSANG A FESTIVAL CELEBRATED IN SPRING SEASON STARTING FROM THE FULL MOON DAY OF LAMDA(MARCH) FOR SIX WHOLE DAYS BY THE PEOPLE OF MANIPUR. THABAL CHONGBA IS PERFORMED. PEOPLE PLAY WITH COLOURS SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Yaosang is an important festival of the people residing in Manipur that begins on the Full Moon day or ‘Purnima’ of the month of ‘Lamda’ or March and the celebration continues for further six days. The word ‘Yaosang’ means a hut made from bamboo. Yaosang resembles Read more [...]

Wangala Festival Of Garo Tribes in Meghalaya And Assam

WANGALA A HARVEST FESTIVAL CELEBRATED BY THE GARO TRIBE, WHO LIVE IN MEGHALAYA AND ASSAM IN HONOUR OF SALJONG (SUNGOD) SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Wangala is an important winter harvesting festival of the Garo Tribes residing in Meghalaya and Assam. It is generally celebrated on the month of November. This festival is dedicated to ‘Misi Sanljong’ or ‘Pattigipa Ra’rongipa’ that means God Sun. The people show their gratitude to God Sun for blessing them with an affluent yield throughout Read more [...]

Vesak -Significance,History,Rituals And Feast

VESAK A HOLY DAY OBSERVED TRADITIONALLY BY BUDDHISTS SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: In India and Nepal, according to the Buddhist and Hindu calendar, Vesak is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of ‘Vaisakha’. Vesak is a holiday traditionally observed by the Buddhists of Nepal, Srilanka and other parts of the world on different dates in different ways and is known by different names. The festival being a centuries-old tradition was formalised to decide to agree to the celebration as Read more [...]