Monthly Archives: October 2011

Chandrabhaga Fair in Jhalawar, Rajasthan.

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The Chandrabhaga Fair is held every year at Jhalrapatan in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan state in India, in the month of kartik, i.e Oct-Nov.  This year it would fall from 9th November to 11th November, 2011.

One cannot miss the opportunity to visit chandrabhaga fair, during your trip to the city. This fair is a rare mix of trade and festivity. The Fair is not only significant from religion point of view but the overflow of public makes it favorable stage for traders and merchants. They sell every thing that might be required by the travelers On one hand, you can find the rituals being performed, while on the other hand a cattle fair is being organized. On the full moon night of ‘kartik purnima’, thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip in the Chadrabhaga River, which is considered as a holy river by the people residing here. The fair, held on the last day of kartik, attracts devotees who bathe in the holy waters at this spot, which is known as Chandravati.

Huge cattle fair which combine religion with commerce is held here. Farm animals like cows, horses, buffaloes, camels and bullocks are brought here from the distant parts for sale. Traders from different parts of Madhya-Pradesh andMaharashtra converge here and brisk trading takes place. The fair gives a very good opportunity to the tourists to know more about the rituals, traditions and also about the people of this region. During your Chandrabhaga fair tour you can also visit the nearby places of tourist interest like Jhalawar Fort, Government Museum, Kakuni, Gagron Fort and Rein Basera.

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Ranakpur Festival: Witness the Classical Culture of Rajasthan.

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Ranakpur, a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan welcomes you all to the grand festival of 2011 “The Ranakpur Festival” starting from 10th to 13th November. Department of Tourism, Rajasthan, is organizing this festival which comprises of holy chanting, cultural programmes, conventional Kathak performances and Classical Bharat Natyam performances.

The evening cultural programme is scheduled to start from 6.30 pm at theSuryaTemple. Also find the detailed programme schedules for Ranakpur Festival Events.

10th November, 2011:   Bharat Natyam by Jutseen & Sandeep

11th November, 2011:   Kathak by Shobna Narayan

12th November, 2011:   Bhajans by Shuba Mudgal

13th November, 2011:   Performance by Rajasthani Folk Artists.

This is not all, every morning a free jungle safari will also be organized for the guests of Ranakpur Festival. Some of the other attractions of this festival would be the food and craft bazaar where a great mixture of several cultures and amazing art & craft would be seen and experienced.

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Dhanteras and its Significance in India.

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Dhanteras marks the first day of five-days-long Diwali Festival. Dhanteras Festival, also known as Dhantrayodashi orDhanwantari Triodasi, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November). In the word Dhanteras, “Dhan” stands for wealth. On Dhanteras Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Hence Dhan Teras holds a lot more significance for the business community.

A very interesting story about Dhanteras Festival says that once the sixteen year old son of King Hima was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On that particular fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs.

When Yama, the god of Death arrived there in the guise of a Serpent his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the Prince’s chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning he quietly went away. Thus the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of “Yamadeepdaan” and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of Death.

According to another popular legend, when the gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrit or nectar, Dhanavantri (the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras.

To mark the auspicious day, houses and business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.

On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. “Laxmi-Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. “Bhajans”-devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are also sung.

Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. “Lakshmi-Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans ir devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and “Naivedya” of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.

In villages cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In south cows are offered special veneration as they are supposed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and therefore they are adorned and worshiped on this day.

Jaipur Tourism would Lure the Tourists with Fair and Much More.

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It’s that time of the year again when Rajasthan celebrates one fair after another with traditional pomp, gaiety and gay abandon. The department of tourism along with the district administration will organize the fairs and festivals both for foreign and domestic tourists during the festive season. These fairs become fun time for the tourists with folk performances, ceremonial processions, deep daans, art and crafts and ethnic cuisines at the food court among others.

This month itself, the Pink City is celebrating the Deepoutsav Jaipur from Friday to Monday. It is being organized here for the first time. Minister of tourism Bina Kak had recently declared that the Diwali festival should, over a period of time, become as well known as the Dusshera of Kota or the Cattle Fair of Pushkar. The department has resolved to leave no stone unturned in making this festival synonymous with the city of Jaipur. One will see folk performances in different parts of the Walled City as well as lighting at the Jal Mahal Ki Paal.

We look forward to a fun filled Diwali  in Jaipur .

Kolayat Fair in Bikaner: 29th October to 7th November, 2011

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The largest fair of Bikaner, in India’s desert state of Rajasthan, the Kolayat Fair combines a huge cattle fair with a pilgrimage to the town’s holy lake. It’s quite a spectacle as buffaloes, camels, horses and cattle are traded, and pilgrims bathe and float clay lanterns in the lake.

Tourists also experience a great time as the fair is celebrated on an expansive scale between the month of October and November. The fair is also known as ‘Kapil Muni Fair’. The folklore of the fair is not the only attraction in fact it also has a great religious significance. It is believed that a holy dip can provide them respite from all the sins they have done. The historical significance of the fair also lures a large number of tourists. As history says, the place of Kolayat is also regarded as Kapilayatan. Though people visit this place all round the year, it is considered highly auspicious to visit Kolayat and take a dip during this holy fair. There are several temples near the lake and the most famous one is dedicated to the sage Kapil Muni. It is believed that a day’s stay at Kolayat is equivalent of spending 10 years at any other holy sacred place.
On Kartik Purnima, Deep Malika is performed in the evening where devotees float clay lamps in the sacred lake as part of the ritual. The thousand of diyas (clay lamps) floating in the lake is just a mesmerizing sight to behold.  This evening inBikaner is beautifully filled with the holy chanting and divine rituals that gives a magnificent experience to the tourists and visitors.

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Two New Flights Launched for Jaipur- Delhi from 30th October, 2011

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Good news for passengers planning to fly out of Jaipur to Delhi. Two new flights from Pink City to the national capital will start operating from October 30. Now total of nine flights, operated by four airliners, will connect Jaipur with Delhi daily.

The two new flights will be operated by Air India and Jet Airways. Which mean a total of nine flights, operated by four airliners, will connect Jaipur with Delhi daily. While Air India will operate the flight at 11 am, the new Jet Airways flight will take off from Sanganer Airport at 4.35 in the evening.

Not only will the passengers be blessed with two additional flights but with bigger aircraft operating the two flights, passengers will have more seats available. Hitherto, the two Jaipur-Delhi Jet Airways flights in the morning and evening were being operated by 60-odd seater ATR planes. Out of the three Jet Airways flights, two will be operated by the Boeing (7 am and 4.35 pm) and the other one will be operated on the 60-odd seater ATR plane taking off from Jaipur at 8.10 pm.

Kingfisher Airlines will continue to operate its four flights from Jaipur to Delhi in the 60-odd seater ATR plane daily at 6.30 am, 9.15 am, 7.20 pm and 9.25 pm.

Also, the Spicejet will continue with its Jaipur-Delhi flight on a daily basis by its 189-seater and 212-seater Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900 planes.

First Tunnel Road to be Built in Rajasthan Between Jaipur and Agra !

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Now visiting Taj Mahal will be more fun for Jaipurities and tourists traveling from Jaipur to Agra. It’s just a fortnight’s wait before Jaipur gets its first tunnel-road inception, will give citizens direct access to Agra Road. Drilling of the 860-metre-long Ghat ki Guni tunnel will be done by the end of this month(October).  About 647-metre long tunnel with four lanes, four km of new roads, fly overs, toll plaza and petrol pump will be built within 30 months.