Gangaur Festival

Venue: The festival is celebrated throughout the state, but Jaipur is the main venue for it.
Time: March - April
Duration: 18 days

About Gangaur Festival
Gangaur Festival is a special festival for the Rajasthanis. It is celebrated in honour of Gauri or Parvati, the goddess Gangaur Festivalof 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 festival.
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.

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