Gangaur is one of the most important local festivals of Rajasthan and it is celebrated in the month of Spring honoring the Goddess Gauri. This festival is celebrated by maidens and married women to celebrate the bliss! The center stage of this celebration is Udaipur and it is celebrated throughout the state. Some of the well – known attractions of this are woman balancing a number of brass pitchers on their heads, colorful boat race, and traditional puppet shows.
How Is It Celebrated Gangaur?
In the initial month of the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitra. It begins on the very first day of the month and after Holi. Gangaur is celebrated for eighteen days and it symbolizes the Spring arrival. Wheat plays a vital role in the rituals, they are usually sown in small clay pots and the grass it used for worshiping on the last day. Waters pots are also beautified with traditional Rajasthani ‘Maadna’, a unique kind of art done with lime water.
This festival is celebrated to Goddess Parvati and married women worship, asking for a long life, wealth for their husbands and happiness. Whereas the girls worship for a good and smart life partner. This ritual is compulsory for newly married girls to see the full course of the festival, which takes 18 days and must fast to make sure for a happy life. It’s not just newlywed who fast but also women and they are supposed to eat only once in a day. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are also known as Gauri and Isar are made with clay and adorned magnificently. Also, in a few Rajput families, these idols are made from wood each year before the festival and then painted in various colors by famous artists called as Matherans.
During The Festival Of Gangaur
During the festival, women and girls wear new dresses and jewelry and keep Mehandi. Girls carry ghudilas on the 7th day of the festival, these are the pots that are made from clay having various holes in which a lap it lit on their heads. Also, they chant Gangaur songs and exchange gifts, sweets, money and other accessories to the elders of the family, to symbolize love.
On the 10th day of the festival, all women and girls break the clay pots and throw them into a tank or well. The clay idols are also immersed in water. The festival is then followed by a parade, which includes elephants, bullock carts, chariots and other traditional folklore.
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