Rajasthan is a land of festivals and celebrations. These festivals and fares bring in joy and unity to the simple lives of the people of Rajasthan. Gangaur is one such festival celebrated all over Rajasthan in one form or the other. So, if you are booking a Jaipur Tour package during March- April, make sure to attend the festival. Though every festival that you attend under the Rajasthan Tour Packages is enjoyable, the Gangaur holds a special place as it celebrates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
‘Gan’ is the synonym for Lord Shiva and ‘Gauri’ or ‘Gaur’ for Goddess Parvati. Gangaur celebrates the union of the two. Married women worship Gauri for seeking blessings for the good health and longevity of their husbands. Unmarried girls also worship Gauri to be blessed with good husbands.
Gangaur in Jaipur
The festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitra (March –April), the first month of the Hindu calendar. It notifies the end of winter and the arrival of spring. It was celebrated on March 20th in 2018. However, the rituals for the same started the very next day of Holi.
The festival was celebrated with pomp and pageantry in Jaipur. Women dressed in their best attire and jewelery prayed to Goddess Parvati for the welfare of their husbands. On the last day of the 18-day celebrations, the traditional procession started from the Zanani – Deodhi of the City Palace. The procession was accompanied by elephants, palanquins, chariots and folk performances. It passed through Tripolia Bazaar, Choti Chaupar, Gangauri bazaar, Chaugan Stadium before converging near the Talkatora.
Rituals in the Gangaur Festival
The Gangaur festival starts the very next day of Holi. Certain rituals are followed during the 18 days period:
- Wheat seeds are sown in the earthen pots. These are watered till the seeds germinate. These grasses are used on the final day for worship.
- Women make clay idols of Shiva and Parvati and decorate them with flowers in the basket.
- The newly married women fast for all the 18 days. The unmarried girls fast with a single meal in a day.
- On the seventh day, the unmarried girls carry clay holed pots with lamp inside on their heads for seeking blessings from elders.
- Sweets (Sinjara) are sent to the married daughters the day before the festival.
- The festival is marked closed with the immersion of the idols and the breaking o the earthen pots.
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