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Sheetla Ashtami in Rajasthan

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The amazing flavor of fairs and festivals in Rajasthan has its own charm. These fairs and festivals prove to be the best opportunity for the guests to peep into and understand the cultural and traditional aspects of the land of royal figures more closely.

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One of the small and grand festivals is the Sheetla Ashtami festival, which is celebrated in Rajasthan. Sheetla Ashtami is celebrated during the spring season in the month of March or the beginning of April, right after seven days of Holi. Festivals hold an unusual lure for the Rajasthanis and here you can find the locals up with many reasons to celebrate and make merry in the form of different colourful festivals. Each part of Rajasthan has its own unique festival and the village of Seel-Ki-Doongri lying on the Jaipur-Kota road near Jaipur has its own unique festival to worship Sheetla Mata.

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It is a very important Hindu festival in Rajasthan. It is commonly known as Basoda बसोडा or like many people may call it Sheetla Ashtami शीतला अष्टमी.  Sheetla Mata, believed to be the Goddess of Small Pox, is worshipped on Sheetla Ashtami which is falling on 28th March 2019 to control the visitation of a smallpox epidemic in the town. This fair is a rural celebration and is quite popular in the interiors of Rajasthan. The fair is also popular among foreign visitors because of the charismatic display of rural life and colors. Sheetla mata is worshipped on this day. Cold and stale food is offered to Sheetla Devi after the puja. This food is known as Basauda. The same food is consumed by the devotees and distributed among everyone.

It is a common belief among all the people that worshiping Sheetla mata on Sheetla Ashtami would prevent them from the deadly outbreak of diseases.

Wish everyone a very Happy Sheetla Ashtami !

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All you wanted to know about the Bikaner Camel Festival

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Bikaner Camel Festival, Cultural Evening

Numerous tourists from the land and abroad visit the Bikaner Camel Festival, which is organized especially, for promoting the camel breeders of Rajasthan and to revive the age-old traditions of taming and training camels.
Camel festival begins with a pompous procession of decorated camels heading to the open ground. A camel pageant is held on the first day. Here the camel owners show off their adorned camel’s. Camel dance performances are a sight to behold. The colourful bridles, bejeweled necks, and jingling anklets of these camels cast a magical spell on the audience.

On the second day, the fleetest camels of the region take part in the camel races. The excited tourists and locals cheer the favorites. Various sports competitions enthrall the participants and spectators alike.

On both days the evenings end with spectacular performances by folk artists of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances, the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally interesting performances entertain the visitors.

TIME EVENT VENUE
12TH JANUARY 2019, Saturday
8:00 – 10:00 am Camel Safari & Camel Riding for Tourists (Free of Cost) Village Raisar (15km from Bikaner City on Bikaner – Jaipur Highway)
11:30 – 12:30 pm Ceremonial Procession Junagarh Fort to Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:30 – 12:50 pm Inauguration Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:50 – 1:10 pm Bagpiper Band Recital by Army Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
1:10 – 1:50 pm Camel Decoration Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
1:50 – 2:30 pm Camel Fur Cutting Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
2:30 – 2:50 pm Band Recital by R.A.C. Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
2:50 – 3:30 pm Camel Dance Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
3:30 – 4:00 pm Miss Marvan (Beauty Pageant) Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
4:00 – 4:30 pm Mr. Bikana Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
6:30 – 8:30 pm Cultural Evening By Rajasthani and Artists from various parts of India Dr. Karni Singh Stadium

 

13TH JANUARY 2019, Sunday
10:00 – 11:00 am Heritage Walk (Rampuria haveli to Bikaji ki tekri) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:00 – 12:30 pm Tug of War Competition, Indians v/s Foreigners (Male) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:30 – 1:00 pm Tug of War Competition, Indians v/s Foreigners (Female) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
01:00 – 01:30 pm Villagers Wrestling Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
01:30 – 02:00 pm Kabaddi Display Match Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
02:30 – 03:00 pm Turban Tying Competition (For Foreigners) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:00 – 03:30 pm Camel Dance Show Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:30 – 04:00 pm Women Water Pot Race Competition, Indian & Foreigners Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
04:00 – 04:30 pm Women Musical Chair Competition, Indian & Foreigners Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
04:30 – 05:30 pm Prize Distribution Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
06:00 – 08:30 pm Cultural Performances by Artists from various parts of India Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
08:30 – 09:00 pm Fire Dance Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
9:00 pm Fire Works Display Dr. Karni Singh Stadium

 

 

(*Events are subject to change)

Other Programme:-

  1. OPENING RUSSIA-2019: Painting Exhibition by Russian Masters at Laxmi Niwas Palace Bikaner from 6-1-2019 to 15-1-2019
  2. Exhibition & Sale of Camel Products by National Research Center on Camel, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
  3. Exhibition by National Equines Center, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium

January festivals and events in Rajasthan you shouldn’t miss

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Happy 2019! Here comes the season when Rajasthan becomes a canvas of colours and merry day and night! It’s that time of the year when the land of Maharajas gives you an opportunity to live through the best celebrations of life, opulence, and chivalry through dance, music, colours, lights and food! Whenever a person thinks about Rajasthan, the first thing that comes to mind is the lively culture, courteous hospitality, soul-stirring music & dance, and royal heritage! You’re in a mood to drink in the vibrant galore of festivities in Rajasthan and Rajasthan Tourism Beat is ready with the first list of the festivals of 2019! Come, witness or take part in some of the most exciting, and amazing festivals of the state. Come; live through the best festival experience in Rajasthan.

 Bikaner Camel Festival
12-13 January 2019

A vibrant event in the desert land of Bikaner, Camel Festival is organized by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture Rajasthan every year. In the chilling winter of desert, Camel Festival fills the warmth with cultural evenings, local sports, art and craft fair and business of livestock. Watching decorated camels and men in attractive turbans offers an interesting frame to the photography enthusiasts.

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Lohri
13th January 2019

Lohri is a festival connected with the solar year. The festival is celebrated mark the harvest season’s bliss. This is particularly a happy occasion for the couples from Sikh community, who would sing and dance around the campfire and share delicious delicacies made from jaggery and sesame.

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 Makar Sankranti
14th January 2019

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Makar Sankranti festival coincides with the beginning of the sun’s northward journey, and falls on January 14 according to the solar calendar. Kite festival is the biggest attraction of Makar Sankranti in the pink city of Rajasthan. In Jaipur, this festival is a wonderful spectacle as kites take to the sky all across the state. While one can enjoy colourful kites in a variety of shapes and sizes, the celebration takes a mesmeric turn after sunset. Thousands of lanterns and firecrackers fill the sky with the light of joy on this festival. The Jal Mahal ki paal in Jaipur also hosts an international level Kite flying competition, which sees experts from across the world taking participation.

Jaipur Literature Festival
24th – 28th January 2019

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As the largest FREE literary festival on earth, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival brings together some of the greatest thinkers and writers from across South Asia and the world. From Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker prize winners to debut novelists, every January the most remarkable, witty, sensitive and brilliant collection of people thong the Jaipur Literature Festival for not just literary sessions but for fashion update too, yeah you read it right!

Bundi Festival: a celebration of culture and adventure

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Bundi Festival: a celebration of culture and adventure

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A celebration of culture and adventure in the marvelous town of Bundi, Bundi festival is the occasion that turns the city into a vivid spectrum. The festival is spreading the colors of festivity on 26-28 November, 2018.

Partaking or witnessing the three-day long Bundi Festival in Rajasthan is a beautiful way to delight the adventurer inside you. With exciting activities, cultural performances and beautiful landscapes, Bundi Festival is one of the most invigorating experiences to make memories in Rajasthan.

Bundi, situated in Hadoti region of Rajasthan is set 35 km NW of Kota on NH 12.

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It is a remarkable cluster of traditional art, culture and craftsmanship and visitors are left charmed by its magnificence. The programmes at Bundi festival includes a colourful grand procession, arts & crafts fair, ethnic sports, cultural exhibition, classical music & dance program, turban competitions, bridal clothing, musical band competitions, and a sparkling fireworks display.

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Unlike other towns of Rajasthan which are crowded with tourists, Bundi is one place which is still able to preserve its charismatic charm.  Bundi Festival is a marvelous festival of culture, celebrations, and fanfare!

 

 

 

Revel in the royal festivities with Jodhpur Marwar Festival 2018

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The most promising and culturally rich Jodhpur festival is the Jodhpur Marwar Festival. It is held every year in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. Originally known as the Maand Festival, Marwar Festival is held in the month of Ashwin i.e. September and October. Scheduled for 23rd and 24th October 2018, the festival enthralls the tourists with spectacular activities, sports and musical performances for two days.
The main attraction of this festival is the folk music centered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan’s rulers and the heroic tales of chivalrous soldiers who died in the battlefield with bravery.

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The music and dance of the Marwar region is the main theme of this festival. The folk dancers and singers assemble at the festival and provide lively entertainment. These folk artists give the spectators an insight of the days of yore, through their songs.

Among other attractions at the festival, is the camel tattoo show and polo. The venue of this festival includes the famous Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore and Mehrangarh Fort.

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Disclaimer: All images via Rajasthan Tourism Official website

Soak in the magic of Music, Heritage, and Culture at Jodhpur RIFF 2018

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Timed to coincide with “Sharad Purnima” the brightest full moon of the year, this year being 24th -28th October in north India, Jodhpur RIFF features a series of mesmerizing concerts and spectacular events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort.
Mehrangarh Fort is voted “Asia’s Best Fortress” by Time Magazine.

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India’s most magical destination festival, JodhpurRIFF combines the incredible setting of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur with an eclectic lineup of Indian and international artists in a 5-day musical extravaganza.  The festival is a not-for-profit partnership project involving two of India’s leading heritage trusts: Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation.

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Jodhpur RIFF’s festivities will be kicked off by a two and a half hour variety program of traditional Rajasthani music, also featuring excerpts from our main stage performances and ending in a rousing finale with drummers and dancers. So, if you’re planning a trip to Jodhpur and will be there between 24-28 October, you are in for quite the treat.

 

Download the entire day wise (24th to 28th October 2018) programme schedule from https://www.jodhpurriff.org/

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Mark the festivities of Dussehra at its best in Kota, Rajasthan

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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.

Kota Dussehra Mela Raavan Dahan. PC: Rajasthan Patrika

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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.

As we celebrate this festival with gaiety and love on 18th and 19th October, 2018 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.