Gangaur Festival

Gangaur Festival

One of the premium festivals of Rajasthan, Gangaur witnesses tremendous fervor and enthusiasm amongst women who worship Gauri (Parvati). For unmarried women the festival is very important as they prey to the goddess for a suitable husband whereas those who are already married prey for the well being of their families.

The festival itself gets underway on the first day of 'chaitra' post Holi and continues for 18 days. It is mandatory for newly-wedded brides to observe the rituals for the entire tenure of the festival. Even married women observe fasts for 18 days and eat only one meal a day. The event also sees hosting of Gangaur Fair which further enhances the attraction of the event.

The excitement of the festival reaches its zenith on the last three days. The images of deities are attired in new garments which are specially prepared for the occasion. Unmarried as well as married women adorn the idols of deities and make them look resplendent and royal.

Then, at an auspicious hour in afternoon married women take out a procession to neighboring houses where they are given gifts comprising of cash, sweets, jiggery, ghee, oil etc. The procession when moving chants hymns to the Goddess. The fair comes to an end with the arrival of Lord Shiva who it is believed comes to accompany his bride home. The occasion is marked by huge congregation of well adorned elephants, camels, horses accompanied by dancing multitude of masses. The idol of goddess is carried in a beautifully embellished palanquin with gold and silver.

Though Gangaur is celebrated throughout Rajasthan yet the Gangaur of Jaipur is revered around the world. Its procession is massive and very colorful and it covers wide areas of the city. Emanating from Zanani-Deodhi of City Palace it zigzags through the city covering the areas of Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar and Chaugan Stadium. Finally the procession culminates at Talkatora . The fair is eagerly witnessed and joined by people from all sections of the society making it a truly memorable affair.

People celebrate the festival with making and distributing the famous 'ghewar', a trademark Rajasthani gift. Amidst this fun and frolic does end a fair which over time has become an integral part of Rajasthan's landscape and is eagerly awaited by locals and foreigners alike.

Over the years the festival has attracted quite a large number of tourists from around the country as well as abroad making it a truly global affair. Gangaur festival gives people an added reason why they must visit Rajasthan. In a state which is known for its fairs and festivals Gangaur adds its own flair and color making the place rich by its inclusion.

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