Gangaur Festival

  • The Gangaur Festival of Rajasthan coincides with the Mewar Festival- held in the month of Chaitra, the first month in the Hindu calendar (March- April). It marks the transition from winter to spring. It is one of the only festivals that is celebrated throughout the state in one form or the other. Gangaur derives its name from two Hindu deities- Gan referring to Lord Shiva and Gaur or Gauri referring to Goddess Parvati. Gangaur celebrates the union of the two- it is a symbol of marital happiness and prosperity. Women worship clay idols of the two deities in their houses. Unmarried girls especially offer their prayers to the sacred couple, to seek the blessing of a good husband while the married women pray for the well-being and long life of their husbands. The worship begins on the first day of the Chaitra month and culminates on the eighteenth day as the Gangaur Festival. On the eve of the festival, women decorate their hands with henna. The procession with the idols which moves through different parts of the city is headed by colourful elephants, palanquins, chariots, bullock carts and performing artists, and ends with the immersion of the idols in a lake or pond. . The Gangaur Festival is one of the most important festivals in Rajasthan and is definitely something one shouldn’t miss.

  • Gangaur Festival
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