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An Animal Fair With A Difference

Every year in the month of October, for the past 500 years, a four day animal fair  is held in Bhawgarh Bandhya, near jaipur, in the Looniyawas village. Held in honour of the Sri KhalKhani Mata-this fair showcases the best of Donkeys money can buy.There is sale and purchase of donkeys,race featuring donkeys,poem recitals in praise of donkeys, prizes for the best bred donkey of the marwari or kathiawari breed,beauty pageant to find the Ms. Donkey & Mr.Donkey among other events.The owners name their donkeys after the bollywood stars to enhance their charms in the eyes of the buyers.Even so the organisers have a difficult time every year to find VVIPs to do the honours at the fair.

As people are preferring to buy horses instead of donkeys or mules for their use these days  a lot of horses turn up at the fair every year also.For example this year there were only 300 donkeys and 50 mules but about 1200 horses at the mela.Also on display was a white colored Shyam Karan Horse  worth 31 lacs.According to the scriptures Lord Ram set loose a Shyam Karan horse when he performed the Ashwa medh yagh.

Legend has it that Sri Khalkhani mata performed a miracle for her devotee in distress by turning a bag of stones into gold coins.Since then this fair is held every year.

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Grace in Gait-The Thar Marwari Horse

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In a guest Post Arvind Chawdhary Polo Player,Marwari Horse enthusiast and team leader for The Thar Marwari Horse Safari, Jaipur writes about The Marwari Horse.

As much a mystery as a legend, the Marwari horse instantly evokes reminiscence of the valorous Chetak. The loyal horse of Maharana Pratap of Mewar is alive even today in the annals of history in Rajasthan synonymous for valour, speed and stamina.

The elegant and brave, intelligent and graceful, strong and high in performance, proud and athletic, the horse has been long enshrined in the bardic literature of Medieval Rajasthan. One of the finest horse breeds in the world today, the elegant Marwari comes from an ancient Arab-Turkmeni mix lineage that evolved in the harsh desert climate of the Marwar Region in India.

The horse has since time immemorial had a symbiotic relationship with the desert and the soldiers. The Marwari horse was an awe-inspiring sight on the battlefield with the soldier, who unmindful of the dangers was battling between – victory and death. His resolve helped in no small measure by the confidence he had in his steed – a magnificent horse rearing on its hind legs over the din of clashing swords and warriors’ curses. The Marwari was truly a hero’s horse. Maharana Pratap rode one, the peerless Chetak. Amar Singh Rathore rode Udal and Pabu ji rode Kesar Kalmi . As did most of the heroes whose deeds light up Rajasthan’s embattled history.

By traditional accounts, the Marwari horse has been bred in Rajasthan since at least 1212 C.E. It was originally developed to be a war horse. Bred by the Rathores, the traditional rulers of Marwar, the valiant Rajputs developed a policy of strict selective breeding.

Graceful in his gait the Marwari horses are born with a “rehwal” or “revaal”, a quick, four-beat lateral gait, which is smoother and more comfortable than a trot, used in the desert to cover long distances with greater comfort.

The horse is distinctive with a long head with a broad forehead, wide-set large and alert eyes, a roman nose with full nostrils, and a well-shaped mouth. The most distinctive feature of the Marwari horse is its lyre-shaped ears, which curve inwards and meet at the tips. The ears capable of rotating through an angle of 180 degrees apart from providing the horse with an extremely acute hearing also protect it in sand-storms.The average height of a Marwari Horse is 62-66 inches.And when he leaps, he spans 12 feet!

Apart from their undoubted use in battle, Marwaris were excellent horses for hunting and racing. Albino Marwaris were considered priceless and were used in religious ceremonies. Today, the horse is used for horse riding safaris, endurance competitions, religious ceremonies, and earlier were also in the Cavalry of the Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan Police.

The horse in recent years, has gained a strong following both inside and outside India. The Marwari horse is capable of adapting almost anywhere. Its undoubted beauty and courageous disposition along with the steadfast loyalty it shows towards its owners is making it very trendy with horse enthusiasts.The Marwari has also raced at The Meerut Race Club in May 2008 for the first time in the Indian racing history of  past 129 years.In March 2009 three Marwari horses will be show cased at the EQUITANA-2009 ( a biannual equestrian sports world fair)in Germany for the first time.

THE THAR MARWARI HORSE SAFARI

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Marriages May Be Made In Heaven But Are Solemnised In Jaipur

Be it a reaffirmation of their marriage vows or the actual ceremony,foreigners or Indians alike, come to Jaipur to do the honours.And Jaipur does not let them down in any way.It has all the infrastructure needed to host a perfect wedding of even 3000 guests.It is said that more than 70,000 people are in one way or another involved in performing weddings in Jaipur. There are more than 400 marriage gardens. Jaipur has The Weather,The ambiance,The People,The Traditions,The Rituals,The Cuisine, The Forts, The Palaces,The Havelies,The Gardens, The hotels,The Guesthouses,The Caterers,The Bands,The Folk Dancers, The Folk Singer, The Sheanaiwala,Camels & Elephants & Horses,The Lawajama,The Tent Houses,The Panditjis,Lightwalas,Halwais,Taxi services,Travel Agents,Helicopter Service,Chartered Planes,Marriage Planners,Event Managers,Designer Fashion Studios for bridal finery,  Bridal Makeup Artists,Jewellers,Dress Makers, Jodhpuri Suits,Achkans,Safa walla,Uniform Makers, Photographers, Fruit Sellers,Panwallas,Hinawalla,Card Printers,Wine Merchants,Mojris,Potters and Honeymoon Destinations .Whatever your elders name it for an auspisious wedding you will find it in the Bazaars of Jaipur.

Let us do a War Plan like exercise on planing a wedding in Jaipur.

To begin with you need an auspicious date.Let us consult a Pandit ji.He will consult a Panchanj or a computer and fix an auspicious date favourable to both boy and girl according to their horoscopes for their long life and happy marriage.

There are more than 500 event organising companies and  numerous travel agents who will be happy to help you organise the wedding from pre wedding ceremonies to shopping for wedding finery to sightseeing for the guests, printing and distribution of invitation cards, wedding cake, choreographed  ladies sangeet,venue,caterers even choice of honeymoon destination with hotel package is done by the wedding planner- or you could do it on your own.

Once the date is fixed,all services are booked accordingly for that date and advances are paid. Let us begin with the venue.There is such a wide variety of venues available that your choices will only be restricted by money or prior bookings.Name your choice A grand Palace(Hotel Rambagh Palace),A small Haveli (Devi Niketan Or Raj mahal Palace on Sardar Patel Marg)A fort(Jai Garh or Nahargarh).Venue for reception( Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh or SMS convention Center or Rajputana Sheraton Hall).

Now you have to find that perfect Wedding card.Kashi nath ji ki Gali situated in Gopalji Karasta,in Chaura Rasta,in the Walled City.There are about 40-50 card shops here and they sell about 30 lac cards every year to people coming from all India.Cost of the card ranges from Rs.1 to Rs.500.There are more than 700 different sorts of cards available at a time.People are preferring hand made cards made in Jaipur presently.

An army marches on its stomach so does a good wedding.Menu? Your hearts desire.Just name the cusine you want.It will be there gracing the buffet tables on your wedding day.Money is the only object.

So for a catering service- ‘Caterers’ on Bhagwandas Road,Jaipur Quality Sweets,Off Ashok Marg- for Vegetarian food.  Mohan’s Opposite Neelam Hotel for Non Vegetarian catering.They are top of the line.

Jaipur is such a big tourist destination and marrige hub that it consumes flowers worth lacs of rupees every day.Keeping this fact in mind the Agriculture Department has decided to introduce floriculture in the city and alwar with the help of M/s Florance Flora ,Bangalore.They are going to cultivate jarbera,dutch rose and statis. And who can deny it a lot of flowers are a must in a wedding.They give wings to the brides singing heart. Event managers have gone a step further and are providing theme/season based flower decorated stages and wedding venues.They also use artificial flowers and vibrant colors and multicolored lights.For a different look they are even using dried flowers for decoration.

Big part of you time will be spent on buying stuff for the wedding.Or renting it for the day.This is the list of bazaars of Jaipur and what is sold there.The best thing to do is to provide the eldest relative with a car and a bright young man to shop for those little things you know nothing about but without which an indian wedding is incomplete.These things are available in the walled city only.
THE LIST

Rana’s in Johri Bazaar for Bridal Lehanga’s and sarees.

Raymond’s on M.I.Road for suit lengths.

Rajputana’s on panch batti for Achkans,shirts.

Mojari on Shiv Heera Path for jooties.

Jodhpur Tailors for Jodhpuri coat.

Bhuramal Rajmal Surana for Jewellery.

Relince Fresh,Big Bazaar at 22 godam, Spencers,Tru Mart,Subhiksha, National Hand loom,More… for Fruit Vegetables Groceries

Tej Tent Decorators on Sardar Patel Marg  Crockery,Chairs,etc

You will need a vediographer and a photographer and some friends who can shoot photographs well so that a  record can be kept of the happy event.And remember it should be all digital for the marriage blog or website or for that live broadcast on the net for the near and dear overseas who could not make it to the wedding.

These are the days of Bachelor and Bachelorette parties.So you have to decide the venue and the menu.If the guest list is only of a few intimate friends have the party at your home and have the food delivered from the nearby restaurants. Get your own wine and music.The other choice is- rent a lawn in a club and get a caterer to run the show.Or get a room in a hotel- let the hotel feed the party via room service.

If you do not know people whose chauffeur driven cars you can borrow for the duration of the marriage you will need to hire a fleet of taxis.Any travel agent will be able to help.For the groom An Elephant Or a mare Or a stretch Limo and for the bride a Palki no less and a Brass Band  from the 200 odd avilable to accompany them.You have to book them all&Pay the advance.They will be there on the appointed day right on time because they have other marriages to attend to also.

Do not forget to book the beauty parlour for the bridal Makeup.And the groom needs to visit a Salon too.One more booking.

A lavish suite for the first night in one of the palace hotels.The Groom has to be reminded to buy an expensive jwellery for the bride for the ‘Muh Dikahi Rasam’.

No indian wedding is complete without the Barat.You will need Dj, Light Wallas, Band, Mare,Elephant,Firecrackers,your friends to walk in the procession and dance in the street ahed of the barat.Youngest male member of your family will ride  with the groom as the child image of Ganesh.In Rajput weddings  the barat is formed by the male contingent only of family and Friends of the groom.

Finally the Barat reaches the brides home.Dwar pooja is done.Rest of the ceremoneis take place one by one. Pheras take place.The Bride and The Groom take the seven vows.

If they still do not believe that they are married.They can get their marriage registered right after the ceremony by the marriage registration officer at the wedding venue it self by paying the requisite fees & the officers travel allowance etc. and get their certificate duly signed and stamped.

The Guests offer their best wishes and some money.Everybody has dinner.The couple leave to get their elders blessings after which they retire for the night.

Couples from all walks of life-from all parts of the world come to Jaipur-to tie the knot.In the process they see their dreams come true on this earth. They are richer for the experience and poorer for the money they drop here.But-there is always a but-the locals have to suffer the noise pollution late night DJ parties,Traffic Jams,booked venues,overbooked trains and flights. sudden increase in price of milk and vegetables and sweets,scarcity of petrol, cooking gas&new small denomination currency notes.A lot of cooked food-which was not consumed in the party- is just thrown away on the street.It could be given to the homeless in jaipur.

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Matrimonial Sites on the Web.

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