Fair And Festivals - Mahendra India Travel
The Pushkar Festival is celebrated for a period of seven days during the period of Kartik Purnima. The major attraction of the fair, the camel trade dominates for the first five days. The buyers and sellers flock in huge numbers to participate in the trading of camels.
Camel Festival is organised by the Art and craft Department of Rajasthan Tourism with an intention of attracting more and more tourists to this city which is famous for its camels. Actually, camel has a very significant place in the history of Bikaner. In earlier times when technology was not advanced and when motor cars were still to roll out on roads in India, reaching Bikaner was an arduous task.
The Desert Festival of Jaisalmer. Dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the people of the desert dance and sing haunting ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. The fair has snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels, of course, play a stellar role in this festival, where the rich and colorful folk culture of Rajasthan is on show.
The Elephant Festival is an inimitable event held annually in Jaipur. Groomed flawlessly, rows of elephants do a catwalk before an enthralled audience liked best fashion models to make this festival an amazing one. The elephants move with poise in pageant, run races, play the regal game of polo and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is festival time with elephants typically celebrated one day before the Holi, Indian festival of colours.
The word Gangaur comprises of two words 'Gan' a synonym of Lord Siva and 'Gauri' his consort Parvathi. As its name suggests, the Gangaur festival is celebrated in the honor of Gauri who is regarded as the symbol of virtue and fidelity and a mythological role model for Indian married women. On the occasion, married women worship Gauri for the welfare of their husband, the young girls do it being blessed with a spouse of their choice.
The Mewar Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring. It coincides with the festival of Gangaur, and has a unique charm about it. The festival of Gangaur is very significant for women of Rajasthan. It is a time for them to dress up in their best clothes and participate in the festival.
Organized in the only hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest place at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and the tourist has ample time to relax and enjoy. It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region.
Teej festival is a traditional celebration of the arrival of rainy season, but this year, on Monday, August 12, the Jeej had to be celebrated amidst drought caused by delayed monsoon. Usually, the rains come down, and the spirits soar high in celebration. Songs and dance mark the gaiety of the Teej held every year during the Hindu month of Shravan.
Held in honour of Lord Krishna, this festival is marked by verve and zest. Villagers, in gay, multihued attire, can be seen singing and performing the Raslila dance (dance depicting the immortal love-story of Radha and Krishna).The Brij Festival takes place a few days before Holi, (the festival of colours) in the month of March. The Brij Festival takes place a few days before Holi, (the festival of colours) in the month of March.
The name Baneshwar is derived from the revered Shiva Linga which is kept in the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur. "Baneshwar" means the 'master of the delta' in the local Vagdi language and this name was given to Shiva Linga.The Baneshwar fair is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Poornima during Shivratri. (Jan-Feb).
The Banganga Fair is held annually near a rivulet 11 kms. from the historical township of Bairath in Jaipur district, on the full moon day of Vaishakh (April- May). The stream is believed to have been created by Arjun, one of the Pandavas. This area is identified with the settlement of Virat Puri of the epic days. At the site is the Radha-Krishnaji Temple which was built by Shri Nandram Bakshi of Jaipur more than 200 years ago.
Kaila Devi Fair
The annual fair of Kaila Devi, (Mahalakshmi or the goddess of wealth), is held at the village Kaila (24 kms to the south west) in Karauli district in the month of Chaitra (Mar-Apr), lasting for a fortnight. The temple of Kaila Devi is located on the banks of the Kalisil river in the hills of Trikut, 2 Kms. to the north-west of Kaila village. Another attraction is the small temple dedicated to Bhairon, situated in the courtyard and facing the shrine of Kaila Devi is a temple of Hanuman locally called 'Languriya'.
The Nagaur Fair is well known all over the state of Rajasthan and the special guests of honor at this fair are- Cattle! Yes, Nagaur Fair is has the unique distinction of being the second largest cattle fair in India. The festive ambience during the Nagaur Fair is permeated by the bellows of the cattle that are decorated by their owners and the genral buzz that is associated with fairs such as these.
The Shekhawati Fair held on 10th and 11th February every year is organised jointly by the State Department of Tourism, District administrations of Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu. Shekhawati, already famous for its frescoes, is fast becoming a rural tourism destination too. Traveling on horse back, the tourists get a closer view of the countryside and the people.
The annual Pushkar Camel Fair is an experience that will make for a magical sojourn to Rajasthan. A tented city is created adjacent to Pushkar Lake during the full moon days for this fair and it is here that thousands of men and women cover the sand dunes and indulge in festivities, trade in livestock, handicrafts, participate in camel races, dances, drama, and music competitions. This is a truly dramatic event that shimmers and gleams with rich colours and vibrant life.