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Rice in Indian Culture
 
India has the largest paddy output in the world and is also the second largest exporter of rice in the world. Paddy fields are a common sight throughout India, be they be northern gangetic plains or southern peninsular plateaus. The paddy cultivation plays a major role in socio-cultural life of rural India. Many festivals such as Onam in Kerala, Bihu in Assam, Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh, Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makara Sankranthi in Karnataka, Nabanna in West Bengal celebrates harvest of Paddy. Andhra Pradesh is historically known as the "Rice Bowl of India", while Thanjavur is historically known as the "Granary of South India" and the Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. Nanchinadu was known as the rice bowl of the former Kingdom of Travancore. In Kerala there is a place (which spreads into three districts) called Kuttanadu, which is famous for paddy cultivation. Kuttanadu is called the rice bowl of Kerala.
 

13
Jul

Rice Rituals in Karnataka

Rice Rituals in Karnataka

Bhogi is the first day of four day of Sankranthi festival in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In Karnataka, Bhogi is observed as Sankranthi festival, for grand celebration of Bhogi, all houses are cleaned and washed.

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ZARS, Mandya
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ZARS, Mandya
14
Jul

Vadi-Biyyam

Vadi-Biyyam: 

Vadi-Biyyam is another traditional custom practiced in mostly Telangana region. At least once in a five years the parents invite their married daughters and give them gifts with traditional turmeric rice. They usually do this along with some other important days like birthdays or marriage days.

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http://www.kiranreddys.com/telugu/culture.php
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https://picasaweb.google.com/meetrama/PELLIPUSTHAKAM01NOV2009RamaBaskar#5422248303030979858
14
Jul

Bhoomipooja

Bhoomopooja:

Bhoomi (also Bhumi) is the Hindu goddess Mother Earth. Before the start of construction, usually a Bhoomi Pooja is performed. This is to ask permission from Bhoomi Deva, and to get her good will and assistance. It also is to ask forgiveness for the disruption of the many living beings already on and in the land.

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http://richardarunachala.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/bhoomi-puja-before-building-a-house-near-tiruvannamalai/
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google images
14
Jul

Navadhanyalu

Navadhanyalu: 

Navadhanya are the nine grains that are offered to the Navgrahas. They are also part of other Hindu pujas and rituals. The Navadanya includes Bengal Gram, Wheat, Horse Gram, Green Gram, Rice, White beans, Black Seasame seeds, Chic Peas, Black Gram.

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http://www.hindu-blog.com/2009/10/navadanya-for-navgrahas-nine-grains.html
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http://www.hindu-blog.com/2009/10/navadanya-for-navgrahas-nine-grains.html
17
Aug

Rituals and customs of chhattisgarh

Religion and rituals play a very important role in the life of Chhattisgarhi people. The informal nature of religion in this area is typical of that practiced by many small ethnic groups in India. It is reflected in the anionic forms of folk-mythical gods and goddesses.

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IGKV, Raipur
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