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Immerse in the Celebrations of Rajasthan Day

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Rajasthan has a lot to cheer up your March. The month of March brings with it bright and vibrant colors. With the onset of spring the festivities in the mighty land of the kings also start with fervor.

RTB 169 years ago on 30th March 1949 this Land of Kings united and became a republic state of India. Rajasthan is not confined to one thing but is a traditionally and culturally rich state of India.The state is covered with ancient palaces, temples, havelis (mansions), forts and palaces. The different places of tourist interests along with its picturesque beauty have made Rajasthan an international tourist destination.AmerRajasthan celebrates its foundation day reliving its heritage and stories. Rajasthan Festival is a 3 day event from 28th March – 30th March organized by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan. Ranging from morning chants to musical evenings, there are cultural events to celebrate historical establishment of the majestic state of Rajasthan. Some of the key events which should not be missed during the festival are Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s mega concert, Police Tattoo Show, Motor Bike Show by ‘Seema Bhawani’ Women Cammando team of BSF, musical nightsgrand closing ceremony and much more.

Rajasthan Festival ScheduleWith the delighted weather and vibrating liveliness, the streets of Rajasthan are brimming with life and celebrations as the state celebrates its 69th Foundation Day. If you are in Jaipur, one must immerse in the celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

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Soak Into The Colourful Festival Of Gangaur With Shahpura, Near Jaipur

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Rajasthan boosts not only in its history and heritage but its beauty reflects in its sparkling deserts, monuments and colorful festivals. On this note, we will take you to one of the most beautiful festivals of RajasthanGANGAUR, which truly embodies the spirit of diversity.

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Gangaur is one of the most colorful & auspicious festivals of Rajasthan – celebrating spring, harvest & marital fidelity. While ‘Gana‘ is another name for Lord Shiva, ‘Gaur‘ symbolises Gauri aka Parvati, his wife, also an epitome of marital bliss. The 18-day festival is observed by both married & unmarried women where they fast, women dress up in red bandhani sarees and turban clad men worship the clay idols of Isar & Parvati.

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When the bright skies have ushered in the festive season of spring, the remote town of Shahpura, located 65 km from the capital Jaipur, came culturally alive when the pious deities of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata were regally taken around the streets and worshipped with vigour & devotion by both men and women.  The Shahpura Gangaur Festival, hosted at Shahpura Haveli was organized by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department.

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On the day of Gangaur, the celebration began with the married & unmarried woman; all dressed in colorful Rajasthani attires worshipped idols of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata at the Shahpura Haveli. It was a spectacle to see the idols being gloriously taken to Rawla Moti Mahal, where the great Gangaur Mahotsav was organised. The major attractions of Shahpura Gangaur Festival were the cultural performances of local artists & folk musicians of Rajasthan, several kinds of regional nritya (dances) like Mayur, Nritya, Masak Nritya, Behpang Nritya, magician performance, horse show, and other traditional games & competitions. Artists from various parts of the country namely Udaipur, Deeg, Jodhpur, Haryana, Punjab performed magnificently oozing talent with their euphonic tunes and twinkle toes. The royal family of Shahpura also participated in the festival. The Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation Trust, which works for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of this small village of Shahpura also felicitated the local artisans in a ceremony.

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The grand procession of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata began with all its regal pomp and pageantry at 5 p.m. from Rawla Moti Mahal. Both men & women could be seen beaming in colors of Rajasthan.  The procession passing through the vivid markets of the town, encompassed horses, camels, traditional folk dancers, brass bands from Punjab, lancers etc. along with the pious deities of Gangaur Mata ji and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, finally converging at the newly restored Gopinath Temple. The town was seen teeming with both foreign nationals and domestic tourists rejoicing the festivities.

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Celebrated with great pomp and show, Shahpura Gangaur Festival gave visitors and tourists a spectacular opportunity to observe Rajasthan’s magnificent culture from close quarters. We are already waiting for next year to witness such a splendid event in a all its royal glamour. Are you?

 

 

Behold the colourful extravaganza of Gangaur Festival Shahpura

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Gangaur – an important ethnic festival specially celebrated by the ladies of the house is not only celebrated in Jaipur and Mewar but also celebrated with joy and delight in the tiny town of Shahpura. Shahpura is situated in the close corner of rural Rajasthan, 65 kms from the captivating city of Jaipur.

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The festival is being hosted by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation and Shahpura Hotels in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department. The RRKF focuses on the upliftment of people living in that area with a motto of reviving the local culture. The colourful Gangaur procession starts from the Shahpura Haveli and passes through the streets of Shahpura village with royal pomp and pageantry. The ladies sing traditional songs and offer prayers to the deities.  The grand procession included horses, folk dancers, brass band and lancers along with pious deities of Gangaur mata and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, who are symbolic of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva respectively.

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Come down to Shahpura and celebrate with the royal family of Shahpura- Maharaj Surendra Singh Shahpura and Rani Ratna Kumari of Shahpura. So if you are a pinning up options for this festival, this is the event that should not be missed!
Date– 20th March 2018
Venue– Shahpura Haveli, Shahpura

For more information, click https://www.facebook.com/events/172964756668727/ 
or contact at www.shahpura.com or call at +91 9828714043.

 

Immerse In the Jollification of Gangaur

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Gangaur the word is derived from Gan which denotes Isarji (Lord Shiva) and Gauri (Godess Parvati) who symbolizes Saubhagya that is marital bliss. Gangaur is celebrated all over Rajasthan and is state’s one of the most important festivals, predominantly celebrated by women of all ages.  The married women of the house pray for their husbands’ long life and the unmarried young girls look up to getting a good handsome husband like Lord Shiva.

Though the actual celebrations begin from the very next day after Holi and goes on for 18 days. The eve of Gangaur is celebrated as Sinjara.  So, if you are in Rajasthan, here are a few places where you can visit and be a part of the carousal.

  1. Jaipur

The magnificence of the procession starts from the Zanani Deodi in the City Palace, which passes through Tripolia Bazaar, Choti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan Stadium, finally closing at Talkatora. The procession consists of bejeweled idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati, decorated elephants, camels, palanquins, chariots, and folk performances. It becomes a sight to behold.

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  1. Shahpura Haveli

The grand Gangaur procession starts from Shahpura Haveli passing through the streets of Shahpura village with royal pomp and pageantry. The procession includes horses, brass band, lancers along with the deities. Witness the charm of various activities and ceremonies of the festival and celebrate with the royal family of Shahpura. If you are interested in the event, go to the link .

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  1. Udaipur

The Gangaur celebration in Udaipur coincides with the Mewar Festival (20-22nd March 2018), which is celebrated to welcome spring. The whole of Udaipur gets soaked in the colors of these festivities. Women carry along with them their Isar- Gangaur in the procession. The procession reaches the Gangaur Ghat and the idols are taken into the royal decorated boats and further immersed in the waters of Pichola Lake.

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  1. Alsisar Mahal, Jhunjhunu

Alsisar witnesses the pomp of Gangaur celebration at an extravagant scale. The whole village comes down to Alsisar Mahal to worship the communion of Shiva and Parvati (Gauri) and enjoy every moment. The procession is followed by folk music and dance which simply multiplies the joy of the festival.

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This year Gangaur is being celebrated on 20th of March 2018. So if you are pinning up options for globetrotting then this is the festival that should not be missed!

A Weekend To The Cinematic World

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With the Oscar winners wooing the world on one end, Rajasthan’s education hub Kota is all set to host a cinematic affair the upcoming weekend. The city will host the two –day Chambal International Film Festival on 10th and 11th March’18 which is being organized by Anugoonj Media Pvt. Ltd.

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The festival has entries of 316 films from 28 countries over the world including Switzerland, US, Canada, Greece, Germany, China and many others, out of which 160 will be screened during the event. The awards have been given 15 categories including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress and several others which will be judged and presented during the event by acclaimed artists.

The event will also screen ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ which was selected as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It is a Marathi film directed by Paresh Mokashi which depicted the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke  – father of the Indian cinema in making Raja Harishchandra – India’s first full length feature film.

Kota being a hub for students fighting various competitive exams, hope this event adds a small cherry on their cake in their respective genres. Also to add, Kota being honored to have the miniatures Seven Wonders of The World, the event will also boost tourism in the city.

 

 

Jaipur witnessed mesmeric Holi moments with ‘Rangarang’ at Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Jaipur’s arts epicenter, Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) witnessed a striking Holi celebration ‘Rangarang’ yesterday. The amphitheatre, Madhyavarti, was brimming with verve and gusto as different Rajasthani folk music and dance artists presented scintillating performances  at the festival one after the other. As many as 75 amazing artists participated in this celebration of colours and fervor.

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The programme began with the Chari dance of Kishangarh by Veerendra Singh & Group. This was followed by Gair dance of Jalore by Thana Ram & Group. Next came up the Shekhawati Chang performance by Gopal Geela & Group which received much applause from the audience. To conclude the evening, a group led by Manisha Sharma presented the traditional folk dance. This was coupled with the beautiful Brij Holi of flower petals by Ashok Sharma and Group.

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HIDDEN TREASURES, JAIPUR – AN EXPERIENCE THAT GOES BEYOND THE EXHIBITION

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Rajasthan’s popular heritage mansion of Jaipur, Diggi Palace is all set to host yet another event that will make the city go crazy about it. There will be lights, decorations, food and how can we forget the mesmerizing hidden gems from all around the globe, who will present their treasures in Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur for the first time. Hidden Treasures is a lifestyle exhibition that will leave you with no choice but only to shop, shop and shop.

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Lifestyle, trends, accessories and fashion, no these are not the only things that Hidden Treasures is about. It is a lifestyle exhibition that is much more massive and unique in itself that you will witness for the first time in Jaipur. Experience the show that has fun-frolic activities in store for the non-shoppers in you.

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A fan of music and can’t say a no to your friend to accompany her for this extravagant lifestyle exhibition, then don’t hesitate because open mic and live music sessions are there to accompany you. Hidden Treasures has been curated keeping you in mind as well, and they will offer the best live music and open mic sessions along with night band performance.

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No show is complete without food and Hidden Treasures will bring to you scrumptious delights that will leave the taste in your mouth forever. Mouth-watering sherbet, tangy chaat and melt-in-the-mouth desserts will make you fall in love with them and no one can stop you to take loads of bags of these delicacies home.

Guys and girls this exhibition is like no ordinary one and it is definitely not only for the shoppers, but also for the entertainment enthusiasts that is present inside you.

VenueDiggi Palace

Date: 23rd-24th February

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.