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.
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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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Gangaur is one of the most important and widely celebrated festivals in the state of Rajasthan. The festival is observed throughout the country by the Rajasthani community with great fervor. The festival commences on the first day of Chaitra month after Holi and it continues for the next 18 days.
Gangaur Puja Rajasthan :
The festival is mainly celebrated by the women in Rajasthan with great zest. The festival is celebrated to honor Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva. On the day of festival both married and unmarried women worship the idol of Gauri.
The festival holds special significance for married women, who worship Gauri as a symbol of conjugal love and pray to the goddess for a successful and successful married life. While unmarried women worship the goddess and seek her blessings to get a good, loving husband.
Gangaur festival has rich tradition and rituals. The most important ritual is collecting ashes from the Holi fire and burying barley and wheat seed in it. These seeds are considered to be sacred and they are watered every day until the seeds starts to germinate. The women perform the ritual of watering the seeds with great devotion by singing songs of Gauri.
The Gangaur celebration festivals in Jaipur are well known all over the world and tourists from flock in large numbers to see the celebrations. During the festival, the locals and the tourists relish eating a sweet dish known as Ghewar, which is an important part of the festival. Every household in Rajasthan makes Ghewar and it is distributed amongst friends and relatives.
During the last three days the images of Gauri and Lord Shiva are dressed in rich garments specially made for the (more…)
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