The Pink City is all about festivals & celebrations. It is the reality of Jaipur where an act doesn’t completely ends while another one is ready to grasp its place. As, many festivals are currently spreading their magical colors, Maa Durge is getting ready to enchant the Pink City in her aura. It feels good to see the convivial atmosphere across the city of Jaipur hosting a number of festivals with a lot of fanfare and enthusiasm.
Navratri is one of the most popular festivals which is celebrated here. This festival holds great significance among people as it is associated with the blessings of Goddess Durga, which represents Shakti, the cosmic energy that animates all beings. This festival symbolizes health and prosperity, and is celebrated in a very traditional way.
On all these nine-day Navratra festival the Shila Devi temple at Amer Fort holds special significance and the devotees has special prayers offered to this goddess. Thousands of people from Jaipur and surrounding areas come here to pay offerings to Shila Devi. It is said that Maharaja Mansingh of Jaipur brought the statue of the goddess Shila Mata from Jessore “Bangladesh” in 1604 and till date the idol is placed here and worshipped.
During all these nine days devotees throng to this temple and to facilitate smooth pilgrimage massive arrangements are being made.
This festival acquires quite a fascinating and colorful dimension with extremely colorful dances of Garbha and Dandiya-Raas. These dances are performed by a group who move graceful and rhythmic manner in circles to measure steps, marking time by sticks and hands. Both men and women dressed in the traditional attires with beautifully designed accessories. For past few years Dainik Bhaskar has been organising the Garba Festival in the city for which at least a month long preparation goes on.
Thousands of Jaipurites of all age groups can be seen stepping together on the beats of Garba & Dandiya music in many places around the city.
So, if you are in Jaipur during this season you are lucky enough to explore the city in its own uniqueness 🙂