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This Diwali, Let’s Keep Our Culture Alive!

Preserved and passed on for generations, the elixir of living the life and the footprints of our ancestors, the culture, the traditions and the zeal of life. Diwali is not just about a festival in our country. It is more about heritage, and its preservation.

On Diwali we celebrate the return of Ram from 14 years of exile, and growing up, Diwali was all about lighting up diyas, cooking sweet Indian delicacies, sparking fire crackers, and worshipping Lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi. With the change in time and tradition, we are losing the grip on soul of this festival. Here are a few things we all need to turn back to this Diwali!

  1. The Elaborate Diwali Pooja- The elaborate Diwali pooja always used to be a family affair but now it is also losing its value to us. The conventional ways of celebrating Diwali started by pooja are changing with most of the youngsters migrating to different cities for education and job. We should learn to pray on our own if we cannot reach home on Diwali. 🙂

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  1. Sweets– Where there is celebration, there has to be sweets, but nowadays we are turning towards chocolates and other dessert options that are known to be #gluttonfree #cholesterolfree #fatfree and whatnot. We are forgetting that the delicious recipes of homemade sweets like laddus, gulabjamun, barfi, halwa, mathri, etc. that have been handed down to us by our nani and dadi are much healthier and delightful in every sense.

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  1. New Clothes- The zeal of the festival Diwali needs to be kept alive with new clothes, because Diwali also marks a new beginning, the end of evil and the victory of the good. We promise you that you are going to have a worthy stock of pictures for Instagram with a new ethnic attire.

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  1. Cleaning our homes- Scientifically, it is a good idea to clean your house around mid-October and mid-November because after the monsoon, cleaning makes sure all the germs and infectants are eradicated from the house.

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Although, religiously it is believed that goddess Laxmi visits the homes of devotees on the night of Diwali to bless them with happiness, luck and prosperity for the rest of the year. Therefore, we illuminate and decorate our houses with diyas, lights and rangoli.

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  1. Firecrackers- Burning of firecrackers also carries a scientific logic behind itself apart from the celebration. The heat produced in the environment due to burning of the crackers makes sure that all the disease causing microbes are removed from the environment after the end of monsoon. But the perpetually increasing pollution restricts us from doing so, and we can opt for lighting mustard oil diyas for the same effect.

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So this Diwali, let’s make a promise that we are not going to feel guilty about having an extra gulab jamun, or bursting the fire crackers, that we are not going to wear that old comfortable jeans, rather try a slightly uncomfortable but new dress; that we are going to make sure our houses are spick and span before Diwali. Let’s make a promise to preserve the enriched culture handed down to us by our ancestors.

Happy Diwali!

 

 

 

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10 Not-To-Be-Missed Experiential Moments At Pushkar Fair 2018

After a whole year of longing, here it comes again carrying along the true essence of Rajasthani culture and vibrant colours of dessert- The Pushkar Fair. Offering prismatic views and traditional items from the land of ghats, Pushkar fair is one of the biggest tourist attractions that take place every year.

The temple city of Pushkar raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere. Let’s teleport you to the abode of camels and horses. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Pushkar fair.

  1. Sunrise

When the dust mixes with golden light falling from sun, the ship of desert shines beautifully exuding absolute delight !

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  1. Tranquil Ghats

If you really want to see and know how ‘ghat ghat ka pani’ tastes and looks, there is no better place than Pushkar.

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  1. Beautiful Camel Fair

Expect lots of fun and amazement! As the name suggests, you will see thousands of camels at the fair area. The camels are beautifully decorated. They are brought here not only for trading but also for entertainment of the tourists. A camel ride is not to be missed. Camel decoration contests and races are held at the fair. Besides camels, you can enjoy horse-riding too.

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  1. Folklore

Musical performances by folk artists from all over Rajasthan are the major draws. Live dance and singing performances by talented performers make the time special. Besides music, you will also see acrobatics and comic performances at Pushkar Fair.

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  1. Devotion

When you are at Pushkar Fair, you are not limited to enjoying just the fair but it is also a great time to see the holy Pushkar city at its best. There is only one Lord Brahma temple in the world and Pushkar has it. Besides visiting the temple, taking a dip in the holy Pushkar Sarovar nearby is also part of the ritual.

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  1. Street Food

It’s Rajasthan, so there is no way you can escape the thought of delicious food anywhere and everywhere, but here, as you walk down the streets, you find the baatis being freshly made, kachoris being fried and malpue exuding utter bliss !

  1. Street Shopping

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

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  1. Colourful Turbans

Red, green, pink, yellow, orange, or all in one, the Rajasthani men never shy away from flaunting their fashion mantra i.e. the colorful gorgeous turbans.

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  1. Hot Air Balloon Safari

If you have an adventurous streak, taking a hot-air balloon ride over the bustling terrain has to be in your list. Seeing all the activities from top is amazing and you can take a chopper ride too.

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  1. Sunset

Last but not the least, that time of the day when the camel needs respite, the chill in the air is felt by all, the men and women start to prepare for their meals on chulhas, the sun is seen setting in spreading the scintillating palette of colours on the sky which is an absolute treat to watch and to just sink in.

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Date: 16th-23rd November, 2018

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5 Things Not To Be Missed During the Rajasthan Festival

Being in Jaipur during the end of the month of March brings to you to celebrate with us the Foundation Day of this majestic Land of Kings. Exactly 69 years ago on March 30, 1949 Rajasthan was united to become a republic state of India. Being the largest in terms of area in the country, Rajasthan differs from east to west and north to south.

If you are in Jaipur, these 5 things are not to be missed during the ongoing Rajasthan Festival.

  1. Children’s Film Festival

CFFTo start with the youngest, Rajasthan Festival has something to connect to every age group. There are a few films like Bhago Bhoot, Gili Gili Atta, etc. screened for children on 29th and 30th March to enjoy and learn at Inox Cinema Hall, Crystal Palm, Jaipur.

  1. Police Tattoo Show

OpeningArmed men have always attracted people and so does their work. With the opening ceremony which starts today from 5:30 pm at JDA Polo Ground, the Police Tattoo Show are ought to leave you spellbound with their acts. Do not miss the Motor Bike Show by ‘Seema Bhawani’ Women Cammando team of BSF.

  1. The Trio’s Mega Concert

Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyShankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa- the greatest trio of music industry often called as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will leave you breathless against the mesmerizing backdrop of Albert Hall on the 29th of March 7:00 pm onwards.

  1. Grand Closing Ceremony

vidhan-sabhaCelebrations can go on without any reason but to start something new the previous have to finish successfully. With more to come in the next few months, the grand closing ceremony which will take place at Janpath on 30th March from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm adding much grandeur to the evening with divisional tableaux of folk performances and much more.

  1. Lit Up Jaipur

Amer -JBHow can one forget the beauty of this captivating city. With lights on at all the forts, museums, government buildings, the fabled city enhances its beauty even more from every corner when lit up. If you are least interested in attending any of the events taking place, do not forget to drive through the streets of Jaipur during this time of the year. It beholds a totally different feeling and a sight not worth missing 😉

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Soak Into The Colourful Festival Of Gangaur With Shahpura, Near Jaipur

Rajasthan boosts not only in its history and heritage but its beauty reflects in its sparkling deserts, monuments and colorful festivals. On this note, we will take you to one of the most beautiful festivals of RajasthanGANGAUR, which truly embodies the spirit of diversity.

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Gangaur is one of the most colorful & auspicious festivals of Rajasthan – celebrating spring, harvest & marital fidelity. While ‘Gana‘ is another name for Lord Shiva, ‘Gaur‘ symbolises Gauri aka Parvati, his wife, also an epitome of marital bliss. The 18-day festival is observed by both married & unmarried women where they fast, women dress up in red bandhani sarees and turban clad men worship the clay idols of Isar & Parvati.

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When the bright skies have ushered in the festive season of spring, the remote town of Shahpura, located 65 km from the capital Jaipur, came culturally alive when the pious deities of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata were regally taken around the streets and worshipped with vigour & devotion by both men and women.  The Shahpura Gangaur Festival, hosted at Shahpura Haveli was organized by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department and Jaipur Beat was a part of it.

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On the day of Gangaur, the celebration began with the married & unmarried woman; all dressed in colorful Rajasthani attires worshipped idols of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata at the Shahpura Haveli. It was a spectacle to see the idols being gloriously taken to Rawla Moti Mahal, where the great Gangaur Mahotsav was organised. The major attractions of Shahpura Gangaur Festival were the cultural performances of local artists & folk musicians of Rajasthan, several kinds of regional nritya (dances) like Mayur, Nritya, Masak Nritya, Behpang Nritya, magician performance, horse show, and other traditional games & competitions. Artists from various parts of the country namely Udaipur, Deeg, Jodhpur, Haryana, Punjab performed magnificently oozing talent with their euphonic tunes and twinkle toes. The royal family of Shahpura also participated in the festival. The Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation Trust, which works for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of this small village of Shahpura also felicitated the local artisans in a ceremony.

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The grand procession of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata began with all its regal pomp and pageantry at 5 p.m. from Rawla Moti Mahal. Both men & women could be seen beaming in colors of Rajasthan.  The procession passing through the vivid markets of the town, encompassed horses, camels, traditional folk dancers, brass bands from Punjab, lancers etc. along with the pious deities of Gangaur Mata ji and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, finally converging at the newly restored Gopinath Temple. The town was seen teeming with both foreign nationals and domestic tourists rejoicing the festivities.

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Celebrated with great pomp and show, Shahpura Gangaur Festival gave visitors and tourists a spectacular opportunity to observe Rajasthan’s magnificent culture from close quarters. We are already waiting for next year to witness such a splendid event in a all its royal glamour. Are you?

 

 

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Spectacular ‘Navras’ starting on March 17 at JKK, Jaipur

A Great News for all the art and theatre connoisseurs of the Pink City !! NAVRAS, a live extravaganza of performing art, dance and music is finally here to warm the hearts of Jaipurites. The third edition of NAVRAS, starting from March 17- March 25, 2018, at Jawahar Kala Kendra, this year is back with even more fascinating performances of theatre, contemporary dance, fusion music and much more.

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The festival will commence with the mesmerizing performances of  Dhamaal,” a celebration of the drumming traditions across India. The days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions– “Thari, The Loom” by Padma Shri Malavika Sarukkai and the magical performance of  Attakkalari’s Bhina Vinyasa, combining movement and digital art will also hit the right note with the audience.

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However, the star performance of the event will be- “Ismat Apa Ke Naam” directed and enacted by actor Naseeruddin Shah with his wife, Ratna Pathak Shah and daughter Sheeba Shah will mesmerize the audience with their enthralling performances.

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The festival will also witness a prominent theatre play – “Khwab Sa” directed by Atul Kumar, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream;”. The premiere of “Elephant in the Room” directed and enacted by Yuki Elias will also be part of Navras this year!

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The tickets for the events can be obtained now from the JKK reception. To know more- http://jkk.artandculture.rajasthan.gov.in/content/ArtandCulture/en/jawahar-kala-kendra.html

Come let’s enjoy the glorious and splendid performances at Navras, 2018!

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5 Jaipur Events In March That Are Not To Be Missed

Spring season is in its full swing and Jaipurites simply love it. Fresh flowers, vibrant colours, it seems like everything has revived from its natural form and come into existence once again. Everything afresh, events are alike that. New season brings new set of events and Jaipurites simply can’t get over it. So, wait no more, join us for an eventful spree!

  1. Kidsmania

Welcome to the world where kids get to learn not only the art of storytelling but much more. Kidsmania is a specially curated workshop where kids will gain exposure to sketching, calligraphy, theatre workshops and various other creative crafts and learn a great deal of new skills that they haven’t been exposed to yet. Join hands with Kidsmania and it will definitely be your worthwhile.

Date: 14th March-7th April

Venue: First Floor, 92, Panchsheel Enclave, JLN Marg, Jaipur

Time: 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

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  1. The Awake

One-of-its-kind musical event, “The Awake” is coming to the city of Jaipur and we can’t hold our excitement. It is a fund-raising musical event for the special cause of cancer where Shankar Mahadevan will embrace it with his soulful voice. Join hands with The Awake and help the underprivileged cancer patients.

Date: 16th March

Venue: East Lawn, Entertainment Paradise

Time: 6p.m. onwards

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  1. Gaana Crossblade Music Festival

Gear yourself up for one of the biggest Punjabi music festival in town, where more than 30 artists will perform on 2 different set of stages for different forms and genres of music. There will be dance, live music, games and other activities to keep you engaged. Leading artists like Guru Randhawa, Parmish Verma, Nucleya, Shirley Setia, Jasmine Sandlas, are few of the names that will set the stage on fire. Celebrate the love for Punjabi music now.

Date: 31st March-1st April

Venue: JECC, Sitapura

Time:  4 PM onwards

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  1. Smart and Digital Rajasthan Summit & Expo

Gear yourself up for India’s biggest smart city event “Smart and Digital Rajasthan” where high dignitaries from government sector, smart cities’ representatives and private stakeholders will provide practical solutions for taking ahead the mission of smart cities. The honorable Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje will be the guest of honor.

Date: 14th-15th March

Venue: Jaipur Marriott Hotel

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  1. Gangaur Festival Shahpura

Have you ever witnessed a grand procession that encompasses horses, traditional folk dancers, brass bands and much more along the pious deities of Gangaur Mata ji and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj? Experience this colourful extravaganza of Gangaur Festival at Shahpura in Rajasthan with the royal family- Maharaj Surendra Singh Shahpura and Rani Ratna Kumari Shahpura.

Date: 20th March

Venue: Shahpura Haveli

Time: 9a.m.-8p.m.

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6 Exciting Events In Jaipur That Makes February Worth Waiting For

Jaipur Literature Festival, the greatest literary show on earth is over and we can’t get over it. Dressing up for the event, clicking selfies and attending literary sessions, everything is done and dusted. So why not welcome the month of February with warm hugs and kisses. February is no less than January; it has a lot of events in store for you to cheer you up. Let’s take a look at them.

  1. Clickathon

A unique concept based photo tour where you can participate for the first time in a Jaipur Marathon as photographers and take pictures on the theme “The Spirit of Running”. Post marathon, the selected clicks will be featured in the specially curated “Photo exhibition”. So all the photographers potential or experienced, just walk in it now!

Date: 28th January- 4th February

Venue: World Trade Park

Time: 8a.m.-9a.m.

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  1. 20th Vintage and Classic Car Rally

Come and witness the grandeur of automobile technology of the vintage era only at 20th Vintage and Classic Car Rally. More than 100 vintage cars will rule the roads of Jaipur for two days and leave you with memories of the vintage cars for lifetime. Mark your calendars now!

Date: 3rd-4th February

Venue: Taj Jai Mahal Palace

Time: 9a.m.-5:30p.m.

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  1. ‘Prologue: A Short Story Writing Workshop’ by TOSS

A shout out to all the enthusiastic storytellers, a storytelling workshop will be organized in our very own city. Prologue: A Short Story Writing Workshop organised by TOSS includes introduction to fiction writing with the key highlights being plot, narrative, character building, backstory, motivation, need and want. It will be an interactive workshop where you can simply engage yourself for 6 full days.

Date: 12th-17th February

Venue: The Open Space Society, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur

Time: 6p.m.-8p.m.

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  1. Hidden Treasures

Undiscover lifestyle like never before at Hidden Treasures. The hidden gems not only from Jaipur but from all across the globe will be coming to showcase their exquisite piece of art in the form of art and craft or lifestyle. Experience one-of-its-kind lifestyle exhibition in Jaipur where you will not only make the best use of your time but we assure you will take tons of bags to your home.

Date: 23rd-24th February

Venue: Diggi Palace

Time: 11a.m.-8p.m.

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  1. JaipurPhoto

An open-air photography festival, JaipurPhoto is back in the month of February to give you an enthralling exposure. The theme of this year’s festival is inspired from “Homeward Bound” a song by Simon & Garfunkel, where each photographer’s perspective of home will be explored. Expose yourself to a different angle of photography now.

Date: 23rd February-4th March

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  1. Sambhar Mahotsav

Get ready for the biggest festival of this season, Sambhar Mahotsav. It has folk dance, camel rides, stargazing, car rally, puppet show, gaming center, and much more to keep you engaged. It will be a unique experience where lots of people from around the globe will join. Don’t wait anymore, just get going !

Date: 27th-28th February

Venue: Sambhar Lake

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