Fair & Festival Rajasthan India
On the occasion of Holi in Jaipur, this festival
of pachyderms includes several interesting attractions including
elephant polo. The Elephant Festival begins with a beautiful
procession of bedecked elephants, camels, horses and folk
dancers. The owners proudly embellish their elephants with
vibrant colors, jhools (saddle cloth) and heavy jewellery. It is
quite a treat to see female elephants wearing anklets, which
tinkle as they walk. One can see people sprinkling 'gulaal'
(colored powder) perched on top of the elephant. There are prizes
for the most beautifully decorated elephant. Elephant polo,
Elephant race, the tug-of-war between Elephant and 19 men and
women are the featured events of the festival.
The most important local festival in Rajasthan,
Gangaur is held about a fortnight after Holi and the celebrations
go on for eighteen days. The festival is held in honor of Gauri,
a manifestation of goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. The
festival is celebrated by girls and married women throughout
Rajasthan. Images of Gauri are ornamented and offerings are made.
This is also an auspicious time for young people to select their
life partners. Colorful processions with the town band, horses,
and elaborate palanquins make it a fascinating spectacle. The
Gangaur festival is celebrated throughout Rajasthan with great
enthusiasm but the celebrations in Jaipur and Udaipur have their
own special charm. The festival is also celebrated with great
pomp and show in Bikaner, Jodhpur, Marathwara and Jaisalmer.
Girls worship the goddess throughout the fortnight. Colorful
images of Gauri, beautifully dressed and bejeweled, are taken out
in a procession accompanied by the town band. A boat procession
is taken out on the Pichola Lake in Udaipur. Women balancing
several brass pitchers on their heads add to the gaiety of the
Udaipur celebrations. Thousands of people from the countryside
come to take part in the procession of Gangaur, which goes around
from village to village. Tribal men and women get the opportunity
to meet and interact freely and during this time, they select
partners and elope to marry. An unusual, romantic custom
sanctioned by the community, it helps many young people find
their life partner.
The festival is celebrated in the Hindu month of
Ashwin (Sept-Oct) in Jodhpur, the former capital of Marwar
Province. The festival has on display the music and dance of the
Marwar region. The spirited folk dancers assembled here, perform
with gusto and entertain the audience with Rajasthani folklore.
These folk artists bring to life the myth and legends of the area
and sing songs in memory of the brave heroes. Other attractions
include of the festival include horse riding and horse polo.
Various other competitions are also held during the festival.
Summer Festival, held every year in the month of
June. The three-day festival is a feast of folk and classical
music and a window to the tribal life and culture of
The festival begins with the singing of a ballad which is
followed by folk dances which enthral the spectators. Sporting
events such as the boat race on the Nakki lake add variety to the
The Sham-e-Qawwali is a much-awaited musical extravaganza, as
renowned qawwals from all over the country can be heard regaling
the audience. The grand finale of the festival is a display of
dazzling fireworks which adds to the tourist's delight.
The celebrations of the fesitval are different
than the usual Teej festivities. Unlike Teej, which is celebrated
on the third day of the month of Shravana, Kajli Teej is
celebrated on the third day of the month of Bhadra. An exuberant
procession of Teej in a decorated palanquin, starts from the
beautiful Naval Sagar and culminates at the Azad Park. Cultural
performances by the local artistes as well as by artistes from
Hadoti region are part of the celebrations. Though the Teej
procession is carried out for only two days, the festivities
continue till the eighth day, finnally ending on Janmashtami, the
birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
It is the nine days festival, which signifies the
victory of Good over Evil. As diverse as India is, it is but
natural that Good and Evil take various forms in different parts
of the country. Central and North India celebrate Lord Ramas
victory over the ten-headed Ravana. In the East, in west Bengal,
this festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon
Mahishasura. In the state of Himachal, a week long fair at Kullu
is a part of the Dussehra celebrations. From the little temples
in the hills, deities are brought in procession to the Kullu Fair
ground with a lot of gaiety, music and colour. Down South in the
city of Mysore, the exotic and colourful celebration of Dussehra
leaves many a visitor enthralled.