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Five offbeat festivals of India you never knew existed!

India TV News Desk 25 Nov 2014, 9:59:57 AM IST
India TV News Desk

Festivals being celebrated round the year in India and no other country can come close to India in terms of diversity.

Despite influenced by the western culture, we are still a very rooted civilization and we have embraced multiple religion, tribes, sects.

As a result every other day, we hear about festivals celebrated in different parts of the country.

Here we will make you aware about 5 distinct festivals that are in the corporate terms a little ‘out of the box'.



Karni Mata Festival



Karni mata is a Hindu temple located in Rajasthan. The temple is famous for its black rats who  are considered sacred and are given protection in the temple.

The rats are offered milk and ladoos and the leftover is considered as prasad.



Matho Nagrang Festival



Matho Nagrang Festival is celebrated every year as a tradition in Ladakh, during the first month of Tibetan New Year.

It is believed that oracles or Ronstag inhabit the two chosen monks and predict the future of their village  and of individual villagers.






It is a Hindu festival celebrated in Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil Month of Thai.

On this day devotees carry different kind of burdens, it could be a pot of milk  and some also pierce their skins, tongue and cheeks. The ensuing pain is to constantly remind them of the sacrifices of Lord Murugan.




Hemis Festival



This festival is celebrated in honour of Guru Padmasambhava, founder of Tantric Buddhism.

Lamas wear huge painted masks resembling various characters such as Guru Padmasambhava himself, Yama, the God of Death, demons etc.

The traditional dance narrates the story of triumph of Good over evil.



Kila raipur Rural Olympics


We Indians have our own Olympics!

This rural sports festival is held annually at Kila Raipur in Punjab. Over 4000 sports men and women participate in this festival.

Apart from humans Bullocks, camels, mules dogs also compete in this sports extravaganza. This event draws audience from overseas also.