Rajasthan is famous among the tourists for a number of reasons. The variety of attractions in Rajasthan offers a great tour to them. The fairs and festivals of the state are also a great attraction for tourists. There are a number of places in Rajasthan that hosts these fairs and festivals. Jaipur is one such place that hosts a number of fairs and festivals. Though there are a number of other attractions in Jaipur in the form of majestic forts and palaces but one can hardly ignore the importance of fairs and festivals. The Gangaur Festival in Jaipur is one of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan. Held two weeks after holi every year, this festival is visited by a large number of tourists from various parts of the world.
Attractions of Gangaur Festival
The Gangaur Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in the world. The festival is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Parvati or Gauri. Both married and unmarried women take part in this festival with a lot of enthusiasm. The festival has a lot of religious importance to the people as Goddess Gauri and Parvati represents perfection and connubial love. The goddesses are also worshipped for another reason. It is believed that praying to the Goddess provides good life partners. For the women who are already married, they pray to the Goddess for a happy married life and for the well-being of their husband.
Gangaur Festival is a very colorful affair. It lasts for 18 days and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. During the festival, the idols of Gauri are adorned beautifully. Women also prepare themselves for the festival by applying henna and mehendi on their feet and palm. This is an integral part of Indian tradition.
The festival is also marked with women singing songs. They also go from door to door while carrying earthen pots. This earthen pots has illuminated lamps called ghudlias. These are carried to collect cash, sweets, ghee, oil and jaggery. This ritual continues till the last day of the event. On the last day of the event, girls break these pots and take the debris into a well or a tank.
On visiting the festival, you will be able to faith and religious belief of the local people. The festival also includes a procession that includes town bands and horses to add a lot of color to the whole festival. This procession further makes the festival attractive as more and more people get to see the colorful side of Rajasthan.
There are a number of vacation packages to Jaipur. The attraction of these tour increases manifold whenever it includes a visit to this festival. Book your tour as soon as possible and head for a truly exciting tour. The trip to this Gangaur Festival will be a memorable experience for sure.