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Ranga means colour and Panchami means the 5th day. Ranga Panchami a colourful festival of Hindus celebrated on the 5th day (Panchami) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon) during the ‘Falgun’ month of the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated just 5 days after the colourful Holi festival. Ranga Panchami is celebrated in a colourful manner by splashing of colored water and throwing ‘gulal’ (fragrant powder) on others.
Ranga Panchami Festival Date:
Ranga Panchami Festival Date 2017- 17 March
Ranga Panchami Festival Date 2018- 06 March
Ranga Panchami Festival Date 2019- 25 March
Ranga Panchami Festival Date 2020- 13 March
Ranga Panchami Festival Date 2021- 02 April
Ranga Panchami Festival Date 2022- 14 March
Rang Panchami is the worship of the saviour form of the Gods and Goddesses. According to the Indian mythology. This special festival is a symbolic representation of victory over ‘raja-tama’, which is the obstacle to spiritual advancement. The purpose is to this festival is to activate the 5 different elements of radiant apparent colours or ‘Panch Tatva’ that make up the universe. The festival of Ranga Panchami invokes these 5 elements (earth, light, water, sky and wind) that help to restore balance in life.
The celebrations of this auspicious event resemble much like Holi. Rang Panchami festival is marked by playing colours with friends and families. On this day devotees also worship Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha by performing Puja rituals. They also pay homage to the divine unison between God Krishna and Maa Radha.
Rang Panchami is celebrated with full passion in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and few regions of North India. The Maharashtrians call Rang Panchami festival as Shimgo or the Shimga, characterized by the traditional Palkhi dance. This festival is particularly prevalent among the fisher folk and they celebrate it in a grand manner. They join in the celebrations by singing and dancing. In temples of Mathura and Vrindavan, the celebration culminates the Holi celebrations. This special festival is also closely associated with rural Marathi culture.
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