Mandu Festival in Madhya Pradesh
Celebration period: Mid – September/October
Duration of the Mandu Festival: 10 Days
Striking Feature of the Mandu Festival: Unique Blend of Hindu culture with tribal culture
Location of Mandu Festival: Ujjain, Mandu, Indore
Organizer of the Mandu Festival: Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department
About Mandu Festival in Madhya Pradesh
Mandu Festival is one of the most auspicious occasions celebrated with great spirits in Madhya Pradesh every year. Mandu Festival in Madhya Pradesh is celebrated during mid – September or October, that is during same period when Maharashtra celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi. The celebration of Mandu Festival in Madhya Pradesh goes on for a period of ten days and the aim of this festival is to blend the Hindu culture with the tribal and rural culture to form a unique blend which distinguishes the spiritual awareness during the period. Mandu Festival also adds a new element to the existing festival of Lord Ganesha.
Mandu Festival is celebrated to worship the deity Lord Ganesha, in a unique fashion other than the Ganesh Festival in Maharashtra. Majority of people throng to their home town to pay salutations with fevered interest. The Mandu Festival in Madhya Pradesh is ritualized in various cities namely Ujjain, Mandu and Indore in higher percentage. The Mandu Festival in Madhya Pradesh is celebrated by worshiping a stone idol, considered to be Lord Ganesha. The ceremonial worshiping is done with great enthusiasm and by infusing many traditional and tribal elements. During this ten days festival various art forms and performances based on Hindu Mythology are performed by the local people. Tribal art and craft work are displayed all over the areas which form one of the major element and attraction of this Mandu Festival. The Tourism Department of Mandu additionally conducts a special program of Cultural Display during this period, which showcases the traditional culture and legacy of Madhya Pradesh.