The festival is celebrated throughout the
state, but Jaipur is the main venue for it.
March - April
About Gangaur Festival
Gangaur Festival is a special festival for the Rajasthanis.
It is celebrated in honour of Gauri or Parvati, the goddess
abundance. This festival is celebrated by young girls dressed
in their best clothes praying for a spouse of their choice.
The married ladies pray for the well being of their husbands.
'Ghewar' sweet is specially prepared for this festival with
a purpose of offering it to the Gods. This festival is celebrated
in spring season with great feeling and zeal all over Rajasthan.
The celebrations at Bikaner, Jodhpur, Nathdwara and Jaisalmer
are full of pomp and are a must-see.
This festival is celebrated a fortnight after Holi. It
is perhaps the only festival in Rajasthan that is celebrated
for 18 days. Gangaur festival is celebrated across Rajasthan,
but it is more enjoyable at Jaipur and Udaipur. Colorful
processions of images of Gauri, the other name of Goddess
Paravati and Shiva called Gan, are taken out during the
Another special feature about this festival is that on
this occasion, tribal men and women have an opportunity
to meet and interact freely and during this time, they select
partners and marry by eloping.
Udaipur is the perfect place to visit during Gangaur festival
as the Lake City presents a wonderful view on the occasion
of the festival. The procession to Pichola Lake is the highlight
of the Gangaur festival in Udaipur. The ceremony pulls a
number of tourists and locals. The whole event comes to
an end with the display of wonderful fireworks on the bank
of Pichola Lake.
Jaipur also pulls a number of tourists during Teej festival.
The city is beautifully decorated and attains a festive
look. The procession carrying the images of Shiva and Parvati
passes through the streets of Jaipur and people come out
of their homes to watch the enticing procession. Jaipur
becomes an attractive destination presenting a wonderful
look during the festive season.
The procession is taken to a garden, tank or a well with the
images of Isar and Gauri, placed on the heads of married women
at an auspicious hour in the afternoon. Songs are sung about
the leaving of Gauri to her husband's house. The procession
comes back after offering water to the image of Gauri, which
faces backwards on the first two days. On the final day, she
faces in the same direction as Isar and the procession ends
with the delivery of all the images in the waters of a tank
or a well. The women bid farewell to Gauri and turn their
steps towards home with tears in their eyes and the Festival
comes to an end.