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Celebrating Indian festivals with the Bishnupur Festival

Posted on January 2, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment

India is a land of festivals and the culture and tradition here dates back to ancient times. With such a vibrant culture and colourful tradition, India certainly showcases a lot of talent and art. All occassions pertaining to any festival is loaded with a lot of traditional values and cultural know-how.

Amongst the festivals that are celebrated in the month of December and January, the Bishnupur Festival is a familiar one in the Bengali culture. This actually is an Indian festival that celebrates the true cause of being in Bengal. It has its own conventional style and is very commonly celebrated in this part of India. The Indian festival is very popular and has also been given the status of the National Fair of India. The Bishnupur or the Vishnupur festival is held in the Madanmohana temple in the Bishnupur area of West Bengal in the district of Bankura.

Bishnupur Festival

This Indian festival is held in celebration of the true heritage value of Indian temple culture and has Vishnupur as the venue. The beautiful sights of the terracotta temples are very famous here as also the lovely designs on the equally elegant sarees. Vishnupur thus famous for such materials and temple constructions has this annual festival commemorating its art and culture.

This is a great occasion during this time of the year and attracts huge crowds from all over India. If you want to experience the true Bengal legacy then visit Bankura and go to Vishnupur. With its exquisite crafts and magnificent terracotta temples this graceful and elegant place is a great hub of arts and crafts of this place.

Bishnupur in West Bengal

The Bishnupur festival is an ideal combination of the past traditions and the present cultures and has the best exhibits of locally made handicrafts and sculptures pertaining to the region. Hand-woven and printed clothes of this region are very popular and it is a great sight to enjoy the beauty and elegance of this place.

Then you have the enthralling performances of the local musicians and the artists belonging to this region. The singers of the Vishnupur gharana perform here and provide an ideal experience to all those who attend this festival. This is a great tourist attraction and is one of the best exponents of art and culture here.

Normally held between December 27 to December 31st this is certainly a must see festival in this part of the world.

To come to Bishnupur you can come by flight, with Kolkata as the nearest airport. Then of course you have the Vishnupur railway station that directly links Howrah to other cities. Very well connected by bus services from Kolkata, Bishnupur is also accessed by road. It is around a four to five hour drive from Kolkata.

Bishnupur Festival in India

So come to this land of rich musical tradition and the best of Vishnupur culture. The rural artisan workmanship is evident here and the festival is a unique opportunity to showcase all these and more. There are innumerable stalls in the festival venue where articles of sea shell works and terracotta articles are displayed. Besides this sweets and clothes are also on display for buying. Silk is very commonly available here. You get to see the process of making silk and also would get an opportunity to see the mulberry in pots with the leaves inside being eaten away by the silkworms.

There are many cultural programmes that are organized during this period and it is a wonderful experience overall to be here in this Indian festival.

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