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Gangaur Festival

15 Apr

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Gangaur is one of the most vital and vibrant festival which is celebrated in Rajasthan and is discovered throughout the state with nice fervor and devotion by womenfolk who worship Hindu deity, the consort of Lord Shiva in the month of March–April. It’s the celebration of spring, harvest and married fidelity. Gana could be an equivalent word for Lord Shiva and Gaur that stands for Hindu deity or Parvati who symbolizes Saubhagya (marital bliss). The unmarried ladies worship her for being blessed good husband, whereas married ladies do thus for the good health, welfare and long life of their husbands and happy married life.

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Gangaur festival begins in the first week of chaitra, the day following Holi and continues for sixteen days. For a newly-wedded woman, it’s binding to look at the full course of eighteen days of the festival that succeeds her wedding. Even unmarried women fast for the complete eighteen days and eat just one meal each day. Celebration consummates on third day of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra Month. Fairs (Gangaur Melas) are held throughout the eighteen day period. Varied folklores are related to Gangaur that makes this competition deeply ingrained into the hearts of Rajasthan, and additionally discovered in parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.

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Images of Isar and Gauri are made of clay for the festival and ladies decorate their hands and feet by drawing designs with Mehandi and festival reaches its peak during the last 3 days of the festival. At this point girls take special care to embellish them and conjointly the clay pictures that that they had ready. At an auspicious hour in the afternoon, a procession is taken intent on a garden, tank or a well with the pictures of Isar and Hindu deity, placed on the heads of married girls.

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Events In India

 

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2 responses to “Gangaur Festival

  1. Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate

    April 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Reblogged this on Deo Optimo Maximo.

     

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