Gangaur and Mewar Festivals of Rajasthan

Two most popular and important colorful festivals of Rajasthan are Mewar Festival and Gangaur Festival, which are celebrated in the month of March / April. In 2013, Mewar festival of Rajasthan is going to celebrate on 13th April to 15th April for three days in Udaipur. However, Gangaur festival will be celebrated on Ail 13-14 for two days in throughout Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Nathdwara Jaisalmer and Bikaner,

Gangaur-festivalGangaur Festival: It celebrated all over Rajasthan in honoring the goddess Gauri (A manifestation of Parvati), who represents purity and austerity. The word Gangaur is made up of two words, ‘Gan’ and ‘Gaur’, where ‘Gan’ means Lord Shiva and ‘Gaur’ which stands for Gauri (Parvati). This festival is also celebrated in different cities with the Mewar festival. Predominantly, the festival is for women, particularly unmarried girl, who dress up in their finest costumes, and pray for a good spouse of their choice, while the married women pray for the long life and welfare of their husbands. A colorful procession of decorated images of the goddess Gauri is organized during the festival, and idols of Gauri are circulated all over cities with huge fanfare. These idols are immersed in a lake on the last day of the festival.

Mewar Festival: This festival is celebrated at the beautiful Lake Pichhola of Udaipur with full zest and devotion. The idols of Isar and Gangaur are circulated in a procession through every part of the city. During this festival, women of Rajasthan dress up in their finest multicolored clothes and participate in colorful procession carrying images of Goddess Gauri. Rajasthani folk songs, firework, music and dances are other highlights of the festivals. Sweets are also prepared and offered to Goddess Parvati. Ghewar is the most popular sweet and made throughout the city. Gifts and boxes of Ghewar are also exchanges among relatives and friends during the festival. During the festival, various hotels, especially heritage hotels of rajasthan provide best accommodation with delicious foods.

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