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Gangaur - Jaipur,
Rajasthan - Fairs and Festivals in
Gangaur is one of the most
important and widely celebrated traditional festivals of Rajasthan.
The word Gangaur is derived from two words Gan a synonym of Siva and Gauri of his consort Parvathi. The festival commences on the day
following Holi and continues for about 2 weeks. The festival is held
in the honor of Gauri who is regarded as the symbol of virtue and
fidelity and a mythological role model of married women. While married
women worship Gauri for the welfare of their husband, the young
unmarried girls worship her for being blessed with a spouse of their
The festival commences with the ritual of collecting ashes from the
Holika Dahan (Holi Fire) and burying seeds of wheat and barley in it.
Then the seeds are watered every day until the germination takes
place. The ritual is performed with the songs praising Isar and Gauri
and the carrying of painted water pots on women heads.
The ritual is performed with songs of Isar and Gauri (Shiva and
Parvathi) and the varying of pots of water on the head. Women folks
also make clay images of Gauri and Isar. On the evening of the seventh
day after Holi, unmarried girls take out a parade with ghudlia (an
earthen pot with holes around and a lamp inside) on their heads. On
the way they are gifted presents such as sweets, ghee, oil and cash.
The ritual continues for a fortnight till the conclusion of the
Gangaur Festival. The festivity reaches to its peak during the last
three days of the festival. On the last day Colorful images of Gauri
are taken out in procession accompanied by the camels, bullock carts,
horses and elephants, decorated in traditional finery. Songs are sung
about the departure of Gauri to her husband's house. The procession
concludes with the girls breaking their pots and throwing all the
consignment into a tank or a pond.
Another unique characteristic of this colorful festival is that on
this occasion, tribal men and women have an opportunity to meet and
interact freely. They can select a life partner of their choice and
marry only by eloping.
We, Fascinating Rajasthan welcome you to this colorful and vibrant
region of India. Come and experience the true colors of Rajasthan in
its fairs and festivals on your Fascinating Rajasthan Festival Tour.
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