Nimar Utsav (13th of November)
Nimar Utsav is a popular festival celebrated in the state of Mashya Pradesh in India. It is observed every year mainly during the time of Kartik Purnima that is the month of November for a stretch of three consecutive days. This year in 2017, it will be observed from the 13th of November, which happens to be a Monday. It is mainly celebrated in Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh on the banks of one of the most popular holy rivers of India: Narmada. The whole festival and its related events are organized by the state government of Madhya Pradesh. The celebrations consist of a number of events including dance, drama, music, boating, as well as canoeing.
Although Maheshwar is a very small town, which itself is located on the banks of River Narmada, it is quite popular among the masses as a pilgrimage place and also its traditional sarees. It was once the capital of Devi Ahilya: the great Holkar Queen.
Madhya Pradesh as a state located in central India is quite renowned for its rich cultural heritage as well as traditions, which also includes the observance of a list of different fairs and festivals, all of which have different religious significance. Thus, the festival of Nimar Utsav too is a fine blend of modern culture and ancient traditions as people come together to celebrate not just religion but also the culture that has prevailed in the state of Madhya Pradesh for over decades now. Other than the Nimar Utsav, some of the other popular festivals in the state of Madhya Pradesh are: Khajuraho Dance Festival, which takes place in Khajuraho, Tansen Music Festival, which takes place in Gwalior, Lokranjan festival, celebrated in Khajuraho, Navratri festival, celebrated in Ujjain, Shivaratri Mela, takes place in Pachmarhi, and the Chethiyagiri Festival, which takes place in Sanchi.
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