Gangaur is all about the goddess of Gauri. Gangaur is celebrated on April 13-14. Parvati (Lord Shiva’s wife), it is sign of purity and seriousness. Gangaur represents Lord Shiva and Parvati together. It believes that Parvati come to her home during Gangaur, to bless her friends with married happiness. Parvati was given a way out by her loved ones and Lord Shiva arrived her home on last day. This festival starts a day after Holi.

Gangaur Pooja and Fast :

Gangaur Puja

Gangaur Puja

On the first day of this vrat, ladies bring the ashes from Holika Dahan and by mixing soil, which they make the statue of Goddess Gauri. On next morning they worship the statue at the bank of river. They come back in group by singing the songs.

This process is followed both days. This festival is very famous in Rajasthan in India. The ladies decorate their hands and feet by drawing designs with Mending  In Gangaur festival girls and ladies breaks their pots and throw the waste into the well and enjoy this festival.

Gangaur is celebrated all over the Rajasthan. Gangaur festival is mostly celebrated in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Nathdwara. In Udaipur, Gangaur is celebrated with the Mewar Festival. This festival is for women, who wear the best clothes and pray for a husband of their choice.

All married women must fast for the whole 18 days of the festival. Even unmarried girls keep fast and only eat one meal a day, to find a good husband. Gangaur is also a good time of year to select a life partner. Men and women get the opportunity to meet together.

The Gangaur of Jaipur is famous in the world. In Jaipur, a sweet dish called a Ghewar is made for the Gangaur festival. People buy Ghewar to eat and distribute it among their friends and relatives.

People go with the image of Gauri, start from the City Palace to Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan stadium and finally reach the Talkatora. Thousands of People come to see this festival.

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Gangaur is a colorful and one of the most important festivals of the people of Rajasthan. Gangaur is celebrated in the Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Gangaur is celebrated during March- April. The word Gangaur, means ‘Gan’stands for ‘Lord Shiva’ and ‘Gaur’ stands for ‘Gauri’ or goddess Parvati.

This festival is held in the honor of Goddess Parvati, as she stands for marital love, strength, courage, power and excellence. It starts from first day of Chaitra month, the day after Holi and is celebrated for 18 days.

Story Behind Gangaur Festival:

Gangaur Pooja

Gangaur – Photo Credit : flickr – angelacoles

It also comes in the end of winter season and the coming of spring season. Women and girls survey fast during this joyful time and eat only once in a day. In Gangaur images of Gauri and Isar (Lord Shiva) are made with the clay and decorated very beautifully. This festival is celebrated by womenfolk with great eagerness.

Gangaur appropriately reflects the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan and is celebrated with great display and show in Bikaner, Jodhpur, Marathwara and Jaisalmer. Gangaur Festival is also practical at some places in Gujarat.  This parade is (more…)

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