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Dandiya Raas – The Celebration of Happiness


Dandiya/Garbais an ecstatic festival of non-stop nine divine nights of Music and Dance offering a playful devotion to Goddess Amba (Durga) during Navratras. Navratras , throb for nine progressive days and is celebrated throughout India where Devotees perform the ‘devi-sthaapna’ in their homes. Every year, the festival brings in good luck, charm, beauty, tradition adding onto the visual treat exhibiting the rich culture and heritage of vibrant, spiritual and holy Gujarat.

People across the globe come to Gujarat especially to relish this traditional and religious feast of Dandiya or Stick Raas playing Garba- a legendary unique Folk Dance form dating back to the ancient era of Lord Krishna. The word Garba has originated from Sanskrit word “Garbhdeep“- an earthen pot with circular holes symbolizing human body and the lighten lamp inside signifies the divine soul.

Gujaratstands tall as the only state where Garba is performed with more panache and fervor than in any other state in India.
The festival marks the richness of playful colors, music, dance with an ecstatic feel of dandiyaand garba beats. So what are you waiting for? Pump up doing the twists and swirls donning those traditional chaniya cholis in fetching bright colors with colorful bandhani dupattas, embroidered mirror work ghaghras, kediyas, chunky jewellery and mojris. Spicing up the festive feast are Gujarati delicacies like Dhokla, Patra, Oondhiya, Thepla, Marcha na Bhajia, Muthia, Bajra ni Roti and Tamatar nu Shaak.

Listing below top Garba venues to experience traditional Gujrati Garba to festivity with your love.
Perfect place to experience the madness of the festival is Vadodara- the cultural capital of Gujarat. Top spot venues-
1. Maa ShaktiGarba Gujarat Housing Board Ground, Near PDIL Office, Samta Road, Subhanpura [Maa Shakti garba is listed in the Limca Book of World Records as the biggest garba in the world]
2. United Way Garba– Navlakhi Ground, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Rajmahal Road

It is the best place to capture the essence of Navratri in its own style and witness the pulse of Gujrati folk dance. top Spot venues:
1. GMDC Ground: Organized by Gujarat Tourism Board

Mumbai has a huge Gujarati population and the city celebrates this festival with great fervour.
Top Spot Venues:
2. Kora Kendra Ground, Borivali
3. Essel World, Madh Island
The capital city is all decked p and set for Navratri Carnival Mode. Top Spot Venues:
1. Dilli Haat, Pitampura: The biggest and best dandiya event organized by Rotary club of Delhi Akash.
3. Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon
4. Zorba, The Buddha, Gurgaon
Gearing up for the energetic dandiya celebrations, chennai joins the enthusiasm as much as any other city. Top Spot Venues:
1. Rotary Club of Madras, Anna salai
2. Vivanta by Taj, Anna Salai
3. Hyatt Regency, Anna Salai
Down South; Bangalore too is also tuned in to the foot tapping beats of dandiya dhoom. Top Spot Venues:
1.  Jayamahal Palace, Jayamahal Road
2. Nalapad Residency, Palace Grounds
3. Loveshack, Domlur
So, just dress-up, be one of them and hit the venue.

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  • pushpèndrà_Rènàto October 6, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Good work and nicely written. So nice:)

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