Ashwa Poojan: An Eternal Mewar Festival of Rajasthan

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Ashwa Poojan Udaipur

As per the Hindu legends and traditions, a horse has very important religious significance in our culture; they are the symbol of loyalty, self-respect, and power. At the time of wars they not only became warrior’s lone supporters but also sometimes were the only scope and hope for survival.

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One particular day in Rajasthan, i.e. Ninth Day of Navratri acts as a medium to show the gratitude and honor towards the noble breed of horses to which the Rajasthan’s Royalty owes so much. Shastra (arms which were used during war) are also worshipped on this day.

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Continuing this old tradition, a grand Regal Festival was celebrated at Manak Chowk, City Palace Complex, Udaipur, October 21, 2015 from 4. 30 pm to 6. 45 pm. Ashawa Poojan (horse worship ceremony) was performed by the present Maharana of the royal family, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur. This event is organized every year on Navami (ninth day) of Navratra.

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