Rajasthan ! A place that sparks a wave of joy, festivity, colors and camels in all your minds just at the mention of its name 🙂 Undoubtedly, Rajasthan always stands out as the most magnificent tourist destination for its colourful festivals, fairs and celebrations. After being the hottest with mercury nearly touching almost 50 degrees Celsius, when the month of October arrives, it brings with it a magic wand which sprinkles happiness and energy in every living spirit.Owing to these spirits, Rajasthan began its colourful celebrations’ journey with the Marwar festival Jodhpur.
Celebrated to commemorate the brave deeds of medieval heroes Marwar festival drenches the Sun City, Jodhpur every year in the hues of vibrant colours with various folk music & dance performances and various exciting activities happening all around the city.
Formerly known as the Maand Festival, the two days Marwar festival began this year on the 7th October on the Sharad Purnima. On the pleasant morning of the festival, the folk artists were seen eagerly waiting for the festival to start when we captured their priceless expressions.
The grand celebration officially started with a regal procession, where men dressed in their best ethnic attires marched over decorated camel and horses through the old city.
Folk artists also added an essence of vibrancy to the grand procession as they passed by sprinkling their magic in the vivid medieval streets of the electric blues of the city of Jodhpur. It was a sight to just sit and watch !
For the enthusiastic tourists, it was a lifetime experience as in front of their eyes were the dancing spirits of the Marwar festival.
In the memory of the brave heroes, the festival hosted various exciting activities like Tug of war, Mustache competition and turban tying at the Umaid Stadium, Jodhpur for the tourists and localities to participate and be the part of the festival.
The ship of the desert exhibited its multifaceted skills as a salute to the medieval heroes and ancient rulers of Rajasthan.
The first day of the Marwar festival ended with a gust of entertainment , the spirited folk dancers assembled at the Clock tower in the old city brought to life the myths, legend and folklore of the regal area through their music and dance.
Amidst the golden sand dunes, lies the ancient and picturesque desert town of Osian which served as the next destination for the exhilarating rural sport activities and camel rides on the second day of the Marwar Festival. The extremely interesting Camel show was also witnessed where camels are designed with some very adorable tattoos ! Look at the pic below, it looks like he is saying ‘Talk to my tattoo’ 😉
“Kesariya Balam Aavori, Padhaaro Maare Des!”
The most awaited cultural festival in the evening gave way to various events like Shehnai wadan or flute recital by eminent artist Rajendra Parihar and his troupe, Terah taal dance performed by the ladies of Kamat community where ladies tie 13 types of brass metal on their bodies and create magical music. Music is devoted to baba Ramdev. The evening mesmerized the visitors with a marvelously mind blowing mime performance by the vilas and group.
The night drowned in the massive crowd who could be seen sinking in the festive spirits of Marwar festival and the fading sand dunes bade a breezy farewell to the Marwar festival.