Rajasthan- ‘Dharti Dhoran Ri’ – The Land of Warriors!!
At the same time a place of Royals, embracing its multifarious cultural and ethnic traditions finely knitted with all modesty and mehmaan-nawazi..!!.It yet again takes up the festive mood to another level where in one would simply get awestruck with the sand-breezy fragrance and the welcoming festive fervor.
As known, fairs and fests have been an indispensable part for people of Rajasthan. Mewar Fest is one amongst these fairs. The Mewar Festival is celebrated as it welcomes the spring.
For the year 2013, The Mewar Festival of Udaipur is set to be celebrated for three days: from 13th April to 15th April. To keep people entertained, the organizers encourage local artists and artisans to come and display their talents. Many cultural programs and plays are organized for the amusement of people of Rajasthan. The whole city of Udaipur is decorated beautifully in colorful streamers and the feel of a grand celebration enwraps the locals as well as the visitors and guests because celebrations are just round the corner!!
The fair is held in two parts where the first part holds the religious importance and after this comes the joy of celebration which includes various performances on Rajasthani folk-songs, dances like Kalbelia, Gavri dance etc. and other art forms like snake-charming, chari-dance, etc.
The most scintillating feature of this festival is the grand procession that takes place on ‘Gangaur Ghat’ in Udaipur as the auspicious water from this ghat is used in filling up the pots, to be carried by the women participants for the religious ceremony. Thereafter, the procession flocks towards the Jagdish Chowk which gets eventful and active, which lies near Jagdish Mandir at the crossing of City Palace of Udaipur.
The three-day Mewar festival of Rajasthan comes to an end when the idols of Isar and Gangaur are taken to Lake Pichola of Udaipur. Then the idols are transferred on a specially decorated boat with much ardor and solemnity!! This is then followed by the Royal Treat as the Royals of Udaipur, participates in the rituals, of carrying ‘Gangaur Ki Sawari’ in 5ft long boat. This boat is decorated and ducked up with colorful stuffs for the royal carriage of Gangaur only!
Mewar Festival of Rajasthan offers a brilliant opportunity worth grabbing, to the interested wayfarer who wants to be regaled by the tales, legends and sights of medieval and vintage traditional vistas.