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Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan

The day after Holi mark the beginning of yet another festivals, Gangaur. A festivals of and for women, and marked with great fervor and devotion, Gangaur is the combination of the names of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati.Gan is another name of Lord Shiva and Gaur or Gauri the name for Parvati.Gangaur is celebrated all over the state, though with minor variations.The period of the festival is marked by elaborate rituals. In Nathdwara near Udaipu, the entire township gathers near the temple of Shrinathji for seven consecutive days to watch the idol of Gauri being taken in procession.On each of the seven days, the participants choose a different colour scheme for their clothes.

There are special prayers for the occasion. Women all over Rajasthan spend the entire period following elaborate rituals that include prayers, processions, fasting and feasting. Virgins pray to the goddess for meritorious husband, while married women pray for long and prosperous life of their husbands. In Jaipur, a special sweet called Ghevar is widely consumed but the highlight of the festival is the colourful, ceremonial procession that is taken out from Tripolia Gate to Chaugan and then on to Talkatora. The Image of Guari and Isar are carried in palanquins and accompanied by elaborately decorated elephants, camels and horses and smartly dressed attendants.the final rites are marked by the immersion of the images in a holy tank or lake.





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