Andhra Pradesh is one of the prominent states in the southern parts of India, and you can experience the beautiful traditions and culture during festivals. The large spectrum of cultures and festivals of Andhra Pradesh make it one of the most visited states in India. Every telugite’s home is decorated with great enthusiasm during these fantastic cultural and religious festivals.

The monuments, religious landmarks, and several places in the southeastern state are mythologically and culturally significant. Let us go through this article to know more about the prominent festivals of Andhra Pradesh.

Major Festivals & Fairs Celebrated in Andhra Pradesh:

We have listed some of the famously observed fairs and festivals of Andhra Pradesh that people celebrate with pomp and enthusiasm. To experience the vibrant culture practiced in this state, plan a trip during festivals and fairs.

1. Makara Sankranthi:

Pongal or Makara Sankranthi is celebrated grandly in every part of India, but every region gives this beautiful festival a uniqueness. Makara Sankranthi is one of the popular harvest festivals of India. In Andhra Pradesh, this festival is celebrated for three days. The first day is Bhogi, during which people burn old things from their houses, getting rid of negativity. The second day is Sankranthi, where houses are decorated beautifully with rangolis and dress up in new clothes. The third day is Kanuma, where the festival culminates.

Key Attraction: Beautiful rangolis in front of all houses, ox decorated beautifully, Cockfights, Delicious sweet and savory dishes, Bulls race.

When: January.

Where: All over the state.

Duration of Festival: 3 days.

2. Ugadi:

Ugadi marks the new year according to the lunisolar calendar in Hinduism, and it is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Andhra Pradesh. It is also called Gudi Padwa in some parts of the country. The speciality of this festival is that people prepare a pickle that has six tastes: sweet, spicy, two types of sour, salt, and bitter, which depict different experiences we face in life and how we should embrace them.

Key Attraction: Preparation of a Ugadi Pachadi (pickle), a combination of six types of tastes, Panchanga Sravanam.

When: March or April.

Where: All over Andhra Pradesh.

Duration of Festival: One day.

[See Also: Famous Temples in Andhra Pradesh]

3. Vinayaka Chaturthi:

Ganesh Chathurthi is one of the famous festivals that is celebrated all over India. In Andhra Pradesh, this festival is also called Vinayaka Chaturthi, and it marks the birth of Lord Ganesha. On this auspicious day, people offer prayers to Ganesha with leaves, flowers. They prepare dishes like modaks and rice balls which are considered the deity’s favourite foods.

Key Attraction: Large pandals with the idols of Lord Ganesha.

When: August or September.

Where: All over the state, but popularly in Kanipakam, Machilipatnam.

Duration of Festival: 11 days.

4. Tirumala Tirupathi Brahmotsavam:

Tirumala Venkateshwara temple is located in Tirupati, and the Tirumala Tirupathi Brahmotsavam is a Hindu festival celebrated in this temple every year for nine days. During the nine days of this festival, several rituals are performed for the lord. And on the ninth day, Lord Venkateshwara is taken as a procession on a palanquin. People from all over come to witness this blissful event.

Key Attraction: The beautiful procession of Lord Venkateshwara, where the lord is decorated each day differently, A different chariot (vahanam) is also used, making it unique.

When: October.

Where: Tirumala.

Duration of Festival: 9 days.

5. Christmas:

Christmas brings cheer not only to the people of Andhra Pradesh but worldwide. This festival commemorates the birth of Christ, and people start this festive day by singing hymns about the great deeds of Jesus Christ. During this time, several melas and fairs are organized in Andhra Pradesh. The Syrian Christians observe this festival with well-decorated elephants, colorful umbrellas, and soulful religious rhythms unique to Christmas in this state.

Key Attraction: Beautifully decorated houses and churches, People singing religious hymns.

When: December.

Where: All over the state.

Duration of Festival: Two days.

6. Sri Ramanavami:

Sri Rama Navami commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Sri Rama. It also signifies the marriage of Lord Sri Rama to Sita, which is termed as Sitarama Kalyanam. On this auspicious day, people prepare many delicacies, but the prominent ones offered as Prasad are soaked moong dal and panakam.

Key Attraction: Kalyanam of Sri Rama and Sita.

When: March or April.

Where: Vontimitta, All over the state.

Duration of Festival: One day.

7. Diwali:

Diwali is yet another festival that lights up the entire state of Andhra Pradesh beautifully. Also called the festival of lights, it is celebrated on the new moon day and is one of the most important Hindu festivals. The darkness of the moonless sky is brightened with fireworks that look magnificent. The fairs and tasty sweets are the specialities of Diwali in Andhra Pradesh.

Key Attraction: Brightly lit houses and firecrackers.

When: October or November.

Where: All across Andhra Pradesh.

Duration of Festival: One day.

8. Maha Shivaratri:

Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the night of Krishna Chaturdasi and is a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva. People fast throughout the day, visit temples in the evening, and remain awake the entire night singing devotional songs. Staying awake the whole night is called jagaran, and people perform bhajans to keep them sharp. Shivaratri is considered one of the oldest festivals of Andhra Pradesh.

Key Attraction: People fast throughout the day, sing Lord Shiva’s hymns, and stay awake the whole night.

When: February or March.

Where: Kalahasteshwara temple, Bhramarambha Malikarjunaswamy temple.

Duration of Festival: One day.

[See Also: Andhra Pradesh Famous Food Recipes]

9. Dussehra:

In the southern states of India, Dussehra is called Vijayadashami and Dasara and is celebrated for ten days. During the nine days of this festival, the goddess is dressed in different avatars, such as Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Annapurna, etc., and on the tenth day, the goddess is dressed as Durga. In addition, some people have a tradition of arranging dolls in an attractive manner called “Bommala Koluvu.”

Key Attraction: The goddess is dressed up in different avatars for the nine days, and on the tenth day, she is decorated as Durga Devi.

When: September or October.

Where: Vijayawada.

Duration of Festival: Ten days.

10. Muharram:

Muharram is the second holiest month right after Ramadan in Islam. And, Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic new year and is the first month of the Islamic calendar. In Muslim culture, Muharram serves as a door to new beginnings and new opportunities in the coming year and therefore is of high significance in the Muslim culture. In addition, this festival commemorates Hussein ibn Ali, and Muslims pray for forgiveness of sins.

Key Attraction: Muslims gather and pray for forgiveness for their sins.

When: August.

Where: All over the state.

Duration of Festival: One day.

11. Sirimanothsavam:

Srimanothsavam is celebrated at Vizianagaram Pydithalli ammavaru temple in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh and is considered the most significant regional festival. The meaning of Sirimanu is a big tree carved in the shape requested by the priest with the permission of the tree owner. During the utsavam, the carved tree is erected as Sirimanu and worshipped. On the festival day, a grand procession of Sirimanu is carried through the streets of Vizianagaram town.

Key Attraction: Anjali chariot, White elephant chariot, and Sirimanu phaladara.

When: October-November.

Where: Vizianagaram.

Duration of Festival: More than ten days.

12. Rottela Panduga:

Celebrated at the Bara Shaheed Dargah in Nellore, Rotiyaan ki eid or Rottela panduga is an annual three-day festival. This event is a festival of 12 martyrs whose mortal remains are buried in the compound and is celebrated in the month of Muharram. People from different parts of the country visit the shrine and follow the religious practice of exchanging rotis.

Key Attraction: People visit the shrine and exchange rotis.

When: September.

Where: Barah Shaheed Dargah, Nellore.

13. Prabhala Theertham:

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Prabhala Theertham or Prabhala panduga is celebrated on the third day of the Sankranthi festival Kanuma with much enthusiasm. The winter season brings nature alive in the Konaseema region, making it a favorite tourist destination while resonating with the Telugu culture. During this festival, use bamboo to prepare prabhalu and then decorate it with colorful clothes and paper. This prabhalu is used to install the idol of Lord Shiva and visit Prabhala teertham by making a beeline to Jagganna thota. Tens of thousands of visitors throng to this place to have a marvelous experience.

Key Attraction: Shopping stalls, Colorful prabhalu, Crowds.

When: January.

Where: Konaseema.

Duration of Festival: One day.

14. Lakshminarasimha Swamy Kalyanam, Antarvedi:

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Situated in Antarvedi, the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is built in the 15th and 16th centuries. This temple is located where the Bay of Bengal and Vashista Godavari meet, making it memorable. The Lakshminarasimha Kalyana mahotsavam is celebrated from the Magha Sudha Saptami to Magha bahula padyami quite beautifully.

Key Attraction: Kalyanam of the Lakshminarasimha Swamy.

When: February-March.

Where: Antarvedi.

Duration of Festival: One day.

15. Visakha Utsav:

Visakha Utsav is organized by the state government and is one of the famous cultural festivals of Andhra Pradesh. This festival helps you explore the cultures in south India beautifully, and it lasts for four days. Several heritage tours, exhibitions of garments, flower shops, traditional crafts, sports events, and cultural shows are the highlight of this festival. People come in large numbers to witness this event.

Key Attraction: Cultural shows, Sports events, Traditional crafts.

When: End of December.

Where: R.K.Bridge, Visakhapatnam.

Duration of Festival: Four days.

[See Also: Must Visit Waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh]

16. Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival:

The Rayalaseema Food and dance festival is the right place for you to enjoy the culture, crafts, and food of the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. Many people enthusiastically take part in the shows and exhibitions by gathering in the Rayalaseema region. Therefore, people who want to enjoy the authentic culture and food should not miss this festival.

Key Attraction: Authentic local cuisine and cultural performances.

When: October.

Where: Chittoor.

Duration of Festival: Nine days.

17. Lumbini Festival:

Organized by the department of tourism of the state government of Andhra Pradesh, the Lumbini festival is a Buddhist festival celebrated every year during December. This festival beautifully signifies the Buddhist culture with the effort of the state government. It is one of the major festivals of Andhra Pradesh, and you can see the footfalls of thousands of visitors every year.

Key Attraction: Buddhist art, culture, tradition.

When: December.

Where: Nagarjunasagar.

Duration of Festival: Three days.

18. Holi:

Holi is known as the festival of colour. It is celebrated in the month of Phalguna. This occurs in March in the English calendar. This is the time when all the people drench one other with paint and coloured water. The use of multiple colours in this festival stands for the oncoming of a good and bountiful spring harvest.

India is a country of diversified cultures and traditions. This article gives you a glimpse into the famous festivals and fairs of Andhra Pradesh that people of this state celebrate with great enthusiasm. Mark the celebrations you want to experience in the calendar, and plan your trip around the time. Don’t forget to let us know if you found the article helpful!

FAQ:

1. Where can you experience the significant festivals of Andhra Pradesh?

Ans: All the major festivals are celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm all over Andhra Pradesh. But some places in this state prominently present the beauty of some of the major festivals.

  • Makara sankranthi in Guntur.
  • Ugadi in Vijayawada.
  • Vinayaka chavithi in Kanipakam and Machilipatnam.
  • Lumbini festival in Nagarjunsagar.

2. What are some of the special dishes prepared during the festivals of Andhra Pradesh?

Ans: Every festival has food preparations that are unique to that festival. For example, rice kheer, pulihora, Pongal, ven Pongal, rice kheer, and sakinalu are some festive recipes prepared by Andhra Pradesh.

3. When is the correct time to visit Andhra Pradesh?

Ans: Make the best out of the visit to Andhra Pradesh, November to February during the winter seasons, make your stay a pleasant experience.

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