Tag Archives: Festivals of Rajasthan

Immerse in the nine days of Navratri festivities in Rajasthan

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Navratri Festival

Navratri begins tomorrow!
Pujas and nine days rituals at home,  holidays on the cards, so many typical traditional outfits, dandiya & garba plans, fasting for peace and prosperity and a lot more is what these nine days indeed promise. When it comes to celebrating traditions and making the most out of these happy times one should never lag behind.

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Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

This year, Navratri is commencing from Thursday, September 21st and will end on Friday September 29th. On Saturday September 30th  Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.

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Each of the 9 days in Rajasthan will start with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. Several places in Rajasthan will be lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.

 

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Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri! After all this is the exact time to meet locals of town and know more about the state’s culture ;). You just have to know the right place to be!

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Rajasthan witnesses the festivities of Saawan Teej

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Rajasthan is always bathed in the colours of fairs and festivals all round the year! Festival of every religion is celebrated here with true passion and similar beauty, be it welcoming or bidding farewell to a season, praying for the healthy life of spouse or any other small or big occasion for that matter. Each festival holds a significant importance in the lives of people in Rajasthan.

 

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One would not just feel the lively spirit of Rajasthan’s people around the festivals, but could also witness the rich culture of Rajasthan. And one such festival is Teej, which is falling today, 26th July this year 🙂 As per mythology, Teej was the day when Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva after a long separation. It is believed that whoever worships Parvati on this day is fortunate enough to get their desired life partner by her blessings. Sinjhara is celebrated one day prior to Teej when the swings are decked with flowers and hung from trees, women dressed in leheriya and decked with beautiful jewellery make merry and sing songs! Teej symbolizes celebration of growth when women observe fasts for the long life of their husbands and men pray for good rain and crop.

The Jaipur City of Rajasthan celebrates Teej with great pomp and fair. One day before Teej, a married woman receives Sinjhara from her parents, which is a hamper that includes bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles, ghewar and Lehariya as a symbol of their love and covertures. She then adorns herself with henna, jewels, wear lahariya sari and take delight in the celebrations of this auspicious festival of Teej.

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On City level, a decorated procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan this year  once again ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ will be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events, where locals and tourists can enjoy the cultural activities. Later the Teej idols will be submerged at Taal Katora pond.

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Dancers on Teej

 

The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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Rajasthani Delicay- Ghewar

So if you also wish to join in the festivities of Saawan ki Teej in this beautiful weather, then visit Jaipur as the celebration will continue till 27th evening here!

Rajasthan witnessed First Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace!

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Winter is the best time when Rajasthan plays host to number of festivals viz-Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur International Film Festival, Jaipur Jewellery Show, Rajasthan International Film Festival, Magnetic Fields, Kite Festival to name few but this year there was one more crown added to the already existing list of Festivals of Rajasthan and this was The Ranthambore Festival that happened for the first time and one of its kind at the Nahargarh Palace of Ranthambore. The three day festival that took place between 27-29th Jan was an initiative by NGO Pukar Foundation and Alsisar Hotels. The core team behind the conceptualiztion of this magnanimous event was  Abhimanyu Singh Alsisar (Hotelier) and Ashutosh Pandey, who brought together international and Indian musical luminaries, nature and wildlife conservationists and lovers, business thought leaders on one stage.

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The Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on 27th Jan2017 inaugurated the event, which was a huge turnout.

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The venue of Ranthambore Festival was none other than the most luxurious heritage hotel Nahargarh (Alsisar Hotels) that resembles a 16th century fortress. Once a hunting ground for the Maharaja’s, the grandeur and sheer magnificence of the architecture of this palace with beautiful arches and chhatries, halls, courtyards, avenues, and terraces when illuminated during the festival with lights was the sight to behold.

 

With this festival Abhimanyu Singh Alsisar continued an age-old tradition of patronage to promote both Ranthambore and folk artists of Rajasthan. Before the festival Abhimanyu travelled for several months and hand picked 36 talented performers from the interior locations of Rajasthan so that to preserve and encourage the cultural wealth of our state which is almost dying.

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For all three days the six areas of the Nahargarh Palace viz. Annexe Lawns, Bookasmile Hathikund Main Stage, First Stone Amphitheater, Pool Side, The Den and The East Terrace were buzzing with people coming from different parts of the world.

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Bookasmile Hathikund Main Stage

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The events started as early as 6.30 am and continued till 2 am at night. The success of the event can be imagined when the First Stone amphitheater was fully occupied even at 12.30 am when the film based on the various artists performing at Ranthambhore was screened.

 

Wildlife panel discussions, films, workshops, drum circles, live cooking sessions, photography exhibition, handicrafts displayed at the festival altogether made for a complete festival experience at the remote location of Ranthmbore.

Let’s have a glimpse on people who visited, performers who performed, the little handicraft market, the food stalls and some highlights of this first ever festival happened in the land which till date was known only for its wildlife but now for sure in the coming years people are going to remember Ranthambore for Ranthambore Festival too cause after the successful start we all know that our next travel destination is going to be this place.

Till 2017 cherish the moments!

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The Winter Festival Is Back With New Colors

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Mount Abu is known as the summer capital of Rajasthan as it the only hill station of Rajasthan located on the highest peak of the Aravallis. This Oasis of Rajasthan with its picturesque location and colorful culture is the main attraction to the Winter Festival.winter1

The Winter Festival takes place every year during the last week of December, and this year it is from 29th to 31st December 2015. This year the Mount Abu Festival has been reinvented with fluorescent golf balls to bring enthusiasm from the mundane Matka Race, Matka Phor, Tug of War, etc. The festival like every year is organized by Rajasthan Tourism and Municipal Board of Mount Abu, but this time the event is managed by a company- E Factor Entertainment which will add a lot of activities to the original events.

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So, mark your calendar as the three day carnival is all about fun, food and festivities.

 

Celebrate The Victory Of Lord Ram This Dusherra

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The colorful state of Rajasthan is equally known for its colorful festivities. Every festival epitomizes the social, cultural and religious aspirations of the people.

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Dusherra, also known as Vijaydashmi symbolizes the triumph of Goddess Durga over the demon buffalo- Mahishasur. Although this festival is celebrated all over the country but in Kota – this joyous festivity begins with the excitement of people to visit and be a part enthralling fairs and cultural events.

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As we celebrate this festival with gaiety and love on 22nd October 2015, we ensure success in every endeavor and bring the message of being in reverence and gratitude towards everything by burning 70-75 feet tall effigies of Ravana, his brother Khumbakaran and his son Meghnath and removing bad fate and celebrating the victory of good over evil.

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The Fair of Ramdeora begins at Jaisalmer

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A large annual fair is organized every year in the village of Ramdevra (Rajasthan) in memory of Baba Ram Dev. The fair is held every year in the months of August-September, which corresponds to the month of Bhaadon, according to the Hindu calendar. This year the 631st inter-state Ramdeora fair started on Tuesday. The fair began following traditional mangala aarti and the golden crown was placed at the baba`s Samadhi. In the western Rajasthan, this fair is considered equivalent to kumbh.
The village of Ramdevra is about 12 Kms from Pokhran in Jaisalmer.

People from all religions and caste gather to attend this annual fair in large numbers. They consider this time to be ideal to offer prayers and worship their deity Baba Ramdev. Throughout the fair, people sing and dance in happiness and devotion.

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Baba Ramdev was well-known for certain magical, gifted powers, which led to his fame. Slowly and slowly he became very popular about his powers and gifted traits. Because of this five saints came from Mecca to test and verify his powers and if all that is said about him was true. After all the possible examination when they were convinced, they indeed paid homage to him. There is also a well in the same area which is supposed to have been built by Baba Ramdev himself. The local villagers consider the water of this well to be sacred and holy.
In 1931, the Maharaja of Bikaner, constructed a temple around the “Samadhi”.

Rajasthan; A magnificent blend of cultures and royalty

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A state dipped in age old heritage is undoubtedly rich with numerous customs and traditions. Be it the celebration of a child birth or auspicious occasion of marriage, the rituals and traditions of Rajasthan fill the entire ambience with multiple colors and buoyancy.

Rajasthan is a home to magnificent forts and palaces, which have earned tremendous popularity today, in the world tourist map. Beside its rich heritage culture and monuments, Rajasthan holds strong custom and tradition within its geographical boundaries. The warmth of its rich custom and old tradition can be witnessed, once you are on your royal trail to its stunning cities of Maharajahs like Jaipur, Udaipur, Shekhawati and more. The impression of its rich culture and old tradition can be felt at each corner of Rajasthan.

Wherever you map out your trip to experience the real Rajasthani style don’t forget to try visiting the exotic palaces of Rajasthan, this allows the best vision for enthusiastic travellers to experience the ages old culturally rich and extensive tradition, which helps in keeping the variant cities of Rajasthan on top priorities.

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