2016 Gowri Habba
Gowri Habba is a Hindu festivals dedicated to Goddess Gowri an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. It is a significant festival in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and it is observed a day before Ganesh Chaturthi.
Goddess Gowri, a very fair complexion incarnation of Goddess Parvati, is worshipped on the day of Gowri Habba and women observe Swarna Gowri Vratha to seek blessings of Goddess Gowri for happy married life.
It is believed that on this day, Goddess Gowri comes to home like any other married woman comes to her parents' house. The next day Lord Ganesha, her son, comes as if to take her back to Mount Kailasha. The same festival is known as Hartalika Teej in Maharashtra and the other North Indian states.