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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events held in Bharatpur?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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Do you enjoy celebrations and being a part of it? If yes, then the city will surprise you with its colorful and frolic festivals. The city is almost synonymous with the Brij festival which is celebrated with much grandeur and extravagance. The festivals celebrated here reflect the culture of the city and the rural essence of the place. So, here are a few important. Just take a look:

  • Brij Festival

    Celebrated with lot of fervour and zest, the Brij festival is one of the most popular festivals of this place, which is held in the month of March before Holi. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this festival witnesses colourful Raslila performances (a ballad of the eternal love story of lord Krishna and his beloved Radha), where the villagers dress themselves in multicolour attires and perform. Apart from this, a plethora of folk songs and dances are performed and the entire region comes alive and looks magnificent with the beauty of dashes of colours in the air. Both men and women of all ages take part in this festival and celebrate it by splashing colours on everybody, just like Holi.

  • Gangaur

    Celebrated during the month of March/April, it is dedicated to Gauri, the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Celebrated only by maidens and married women, it holds a special significance for the Rajasthanis. During this festival, married women pray for the prosperity and a long life of their life partners, while there are young girls who seek blessings for an ideal life partner, adorn themselves in the best attire and pray for a spouse of their choice, hopefully like Lord Shiva. A procession is taken out in which the images of Isar and Gauri are placed on the heads of married women and songs are sung about the departure of Gauri to her husband's house. A unique thing about this festival is that on this occasion, tribal men and women get an opportunity to meet and interact freely and also they can select partners and marry by eloping.

  • Teej

    This festival is celebrated during monsoons (July/August) with great festivity and fervour. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati, it is celebrated only by women who are married. They gather to pray for a long and happy married life for themselves. They keep fast for their husbands’ well-being and marital bliss and dress up in traditional attire. Girls sway in the swings, decorated with flowers and sing songs aloud, especially of love and the rain. Apart from this, many cultural festivals are held all over the city in the evening.  

  • Jaswant Exhibition

    This exhibition takes place at the time of Dussehra (September/October), during which a big carnival is held in Bharatpur. This event includes activities like cultural performances (mostly cultural and folk performances), shopping (for handicrafts, paintings, leather items, pickles, popadoms and garments) and rides, which is truly enjoyable by people of all ages. If you want to come to Bharatpur, try to come during this time as, not only will you be able to attend this memorable event, but also be able to come during the best time to visit Bharatpur.  

These festivals add bright colour to the landscape of Rajasthan, don’t they? So, come and be a part of the rich culture and tradition of the city of celebrations.

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