Jaipur

Marwar Festival Sprinkling Joy In Jodhpur

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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For the enthusiastic tourists, it was a lifetime experience as in front of their eyes were the dancing spirits of the Marwar festival.

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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.

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The ship of the desert exhibited its multifaceted skills as a salute to the medieval heroes and ancient rulers of Rajasthan.

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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.

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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’ 😉

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“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.

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Jaipur

Carnival of ‘Sawan Teej’ Begins In Jaipur From August 7

Monsoon is at its peak in Rajasthan. When the torrential rain in the month of August falls on the parched land of Rajasthan and the lovely aroma of the wet soil mounts in the air, Rajasthan rejoices the Teej festival that relates to the Shiva-Parvati. The best place to experience Teej festivities is the capital of Rajasthan; Jaipur where it is celebrated with immense fun and elaboration.
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Jaipur will celebrate the five-day Sawan Teej from August 7-11 with regal pomp and pageantry of the traditional Teej procession. Like every year, Jawahar Kala Kendra will be the hub of a large number of folks and cultural events.

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Teej Procession on 09-10 August

The royal Teej procession will begin on 09 August at 6 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession will also leave next day at the same time. Thirty elephants are going to participate in the grandiose procession. Elephants will carry the symbol and lead the event. In the procession, there will be melange of cultural performances likes Kachhi Ghodi, Gair, Kalibaliya and chakri dances. The procession will include: the cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse baggi, decorated rath, horses and camels. A number of bands will also accompany the procession.  The sawari of the Goddess Teej will be almost at the end followed by chobdar. The Department of Tourism has also made arrangements for the tourists to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

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Performances at JKK

At JKK, celebration of Teej festivity will begin from 9 August from 7 pm onwards. On the first day there will be a performance by Shalu Jindal (Kuchipudi dance) followed by Vidya Shah (Sugam Sangeet). Next day, on 10 August, the visitors will be able to witness the well known Sufi Singer Sonam Kalra. On 11 August, will be folk music by Malini Awasthi followed by performances of the Rajasthani folk artists.

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 Food & Craft Mela at JKK

To add more vigor to the festivity, there will be a food and craft mela from 7 August to 11 August (from 2 pm to 10 pm) at Shilpgram in JKK.  While visitors will be able to enjoy the ethnic Rajasthani food there will also a cultural bonanza by way of folk performances. A wide variety of handicrafts will also be available for sale.

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Time to indulge in monsoon festivities and make merry !! 🙂

 

Jaipur

Rejoicing Sawaan with Teej Festival- 9th & 10th August

Teej is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of Rajasthan. Swings, traditional songs and dancing are the unique features of Teej celebrations in Rajasthan. Women perform traditional folk dance dressed in green coloured clothes and sing beautiful Teej songs while enjoying their sway on swings bedecked with flowers.
Teej is celebrated with immense fun and fanfare in the capital city of Jaipur. On this day, women and young girls wear their best clothes and adorn themselves with fine jewellery. They gather at a nearby temple or a common place and offers prayers to Goddess Parvati for well being of their husbands.

Pic Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela
Pic Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela

On the occasion of Teej, markets in Jaipur are stocked with trendiest women accessories and clothes. Most of the fabric clothes display ‘laheria’ (tie and dye) prints. Sweetshops keep different Teej sweets but ‘Ghevar and Feeni’ is the main sweet of the season.
All over Rajasthan, swings are hung from trees and decorated with fragrant flowers. Women both married and unmarried love to swing on these swings to celebrate the ‘Sawan festival’.
As always, sitting arrangements for tourist will be done on the terrace of Hind Hotel, opposite Tripoliya Gate on 9 and 10 August during the traditional Teej Procession in Jaipur.

Pic Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela
Pic Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela

Traditional Teej Procession in Jaipur:
The traditional Teej procession with all its regal pomp and pageantry, will start on 9 August at 6 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession will also leave next day at the same time.

Pic Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela
Pic Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela

In the procession of Goddess Teej, right in the front will be folk performances like kacchi ghodi, Kalbeliya, Algoza, Bahrupia, Gair, Bail Dance and Chakri dance, among others. In the procession the tourists and the visitors will also be able to witness a large number of bands, ornamented camels, mounted police on horses, women in traditional dress with Kalash and Dhalet Chobadars.

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