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iXiGOers Apr 16 2013

How is Gangaur Festival celebrated in India?

Rupali Khanna Apr 16 2013
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Gangaur Festival is celebrated mostly in Rajasthan and in some parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. It is one of the important festivals for the people of the region, especially the womenfolk. During this festival, Gauri, the divine consort of Lord Shiva is worshipped by both married and unmarried women.

Gangaur Festival in Udaipur (by Ggia)

This festival falls during the spring season, between March and April. It is also a time to celebrate marital joy as well as spring and harvest. The festivities for Gangaur begin from the first day of Chaitra and continues for 18 days. Sometimes, unmarried girls keep fast during festival and pray to the goddess to bless them with a good husband. The festival is celebrated with much fervour and devotion in many cities in Rajasthan.

The idol of Gauri at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur (by dalbera)

Various fairs are held all over the region and people, young and old, rejoice in the festivity. One of the most unique part of the festival is the importance of Ghudlias which are earthen pitchers with holes on it. It is a tradition for unmarried girls to carry the Ghudlias with a lit lamp inside it, on their heads and sing songs and go around the locality. Gifts of sweets, ghee and money are given to these girls and this goes on for 10 more days. On the last day, the pitcher is broken and thrown into a nearby water body.

Camel Procession in Jaipur (by charlotte.warren)

A procession known as johad or bawdi takes place in which the married women carry idols of Gauri and Isar on their heads, sing songs of related to the departure of Gauri to Shiva’s abode and drown the idols in the river or a tank. In Rajasthan, a special sweet delicacy known as ghewar is eaten and offered to one another as a part of the festival. This is how Gangaur Festival is celebrated traditionally!

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