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Gangaur

The Idol

Gangaur is one of the most important festivals of Rajasthan.The word, Gangaur, is derived from joining the two words ‘Gan’ meaning Lord Shiva and’Gauri’ meaning Goddess Parvati, his consort.

As per lore, it is believed that Gangaur is celebrated ever since  Goddess Parvati returned to her father’s home first time after her marriage to Lord Shiv &  her friends welcomed her home.

Gangaur Procession Preparations

This is a festival of the unmarried girls and  married women where the girls celebrate the festival to gain a worthy husband & wish for his long life & the  married women wish for a  long life for their  husbands.
The rituals for this festival start on the day of the Holi dahan ( day before the Holi, the festival of colors). When ashes are collected from the Holi Fire to plant seeds of wheat and barley in it.
During the next sixteen days 16  Goddesses are worshiped. And on the 3rd day of Navratra ( new year according the Indian Vikram samvat Calendar) , Gangaur festival is held. When the Idol of Gauri  is taken out in a procession accompanied by horses, elephants, camel carts and brass bands playing maudlin tunes.It is said, in Jaipur, in olden times the idol of Gauri was accompanied with the idol of her husband,Isar. But one year ruler of Kishangarh state took it away with him forcefully & since then only the idol of Gauri is taken out in procession.

Gangaur Procession Preparations

What festival worth its name does not have a sweet associated with it? The traditional sweet of this festival is ‘Ghevar‘. The sweet shops of Jaipur make different varieties of ‘Ghevar’ and the people of Jaipur consume them in large quantities.

For more than 257 years,  Helakhyal sangeet dangal is held on this occasion in Lalsot near Dausa. This is when the performing  parties educated & inform the public about the societal mores  & also inform the  administration about their displeasure with current policies.

Gangaur Procession Preparations

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Lalsot-Some Interesting Facts

In this small town near Dausa, about 90 km from Jaipur- Shunga relics related to the Buddhist faith have been found. ASI has cordoned off, behind barbed wire, five feet high pillars-having square base and octagonal center.These pillars were found outside the present local Dak Bungalow.

For more than 257 years now,every year on the second day of Gangaur, Hella Khayal Sangeet Dangals are held in Lalsot. Every year thousands attend the event.Relatives of the villagers come from all over India. Consequently there is a Deepawali like atmosphere during these two days.

Presently about six groups are performing the art through which they inform the public about current affairs and issues, put forth their problems to government officers ,or comment on social, political and economic issues.(In old days, religious and folk themes were popular with the public.)The program is performed according to the Turra Kalangi Khayal singing of Karauli and Sawaimadhopur area.

Every year after Holi ( The festival of Colors),Gangaur is celebrated with great fanfare in praise of the Goddess Gauri.She is the goddess of purity and of unmarried girls.She is generally considered to be the unmarried Parvati who underwent great penance to attain the glory of marrying Shiva.