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FAIRS AND FESTIVALS OF RAJASTHAN IN INDIA


Rajasthan is a colourful desert. The unconvincing Thar Desert and with it all the barren land of Rajasthan has much to offer through the plethora of celebrations. Festivals and fairs of Rajasthan in India with all the music and dances turn the land to a creative fertile basin. Rajasthan is a vibrant, exotic state in India where tradition and royal glory meet in a riot of colors against the vast backdrop of sand and desert. Referred as the “Desert Jewel of India”, Rajasthan shimmers with even more vibrancy during the time of its colourful fairs and festivals. The desert glitters with the colors of joyous celebration and gay abandon with every fair and festival of Rajasthan in India. There is a celebration for every religious occasion, every change of season and every harvest, all invariably a reflection of the genius of their arts and crafts and their ascetic refinement.

Festivals of Rajasthan are the occasions that add color to life. Rajasthan Fairs and Festivals are inseparable element of the cultural identity of the state. The state of Rajasthan looks more vibrant during the festivity; people enjoy these festivals keeping aside all their tensions and worries with full gusto and zeal. Different fairs and festivals of Rajasthan in India have their own significance and offer a pleasurable break from the tight schedules of life. The Rajasthani’s love for colour and joyous celebrations is proved by the elaborate rituals and the gay abandon with which he surrenders himself to the numerous fairs and festivals of the region. In addition to the festivals celebrated by the Hindus, Muslims and others, there are also the traditional fairs of Rajasthan in India. Season heralded with a festive fervour and cattle marts turn into delightful fairs. Festivals of Rajasthan hold an unusual lure for the Rajasthanis and they have any number of reasons to celebrate. There are animal fairs, there are religious fairs and there are fairs to mark the changing seasons of Rajasthan in India. Infact, celebrations occur almost round the year and are a splendid opportunity for the visitor to gain an insight into the life of the Rajasthani. Other than the traditional fairs, recently established festivals which involve elephants, camel races, dance and music have been specially organized for the tourists of Rajasthan in India. If you want to explore the customs and traditions of Rajasthan, festive season is the right time to visit the city.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS OF RAJASTHAN IN INDIA

These festivals of Rajasthan born out of age-old traditions, adorns the golden land and unveils the best with vulnerable colours. The festive colours of Rajasthan are alive and unrestricted and unify each soul who visits this magic land of Rajasthan in India. There's a rhythm, there's a jest, a passion, a spirit of romance, valour and a feel of being one with the blonde landscape. This spirit of celebration is like Desert Rains, hidden in the Aravalli bosom, unfolding its feather with each festival. Rajasthan is known as the most vibrant, colorful and culturally rich state of India. The vibrant and lively people of Rajasthan are famous for their passion for colorful costumes, dance, music and various festivals. In fact, the true color of Rajasthan can best be seen in the colorful and passionate celebration of various festival and fairs, all round the year. Each region has their own form of Folk entertainment, own Traditions, own dialect adding to the Indian diversity. Be it men or women, young or old, everyone wear new and colorful costumes. Everywhere you can see men wearing red turbans and women vibrantly colored lehangas and odhnis, which show the joyous spirit and passion of the people towards life. Various colorful cultural programs of folk dance and music add to the charm of these fairs and festivals. Folk dances, folk music, puppet shows, buying and selling of cattle, cock fights, bull fights, camel races, colorful clothes and all the other paraphernalia associated with rural festivals can be seen at the massive annual gatherings that mark these fairs and festivals in different parts of Rajasthan, India.  Pushkar fair, which is celebrated every year during karthik purnima on the banks of sacred Pushkar Lake, is the most famous and widely celebrated of all the festivals of Rajasthan. Other important regional festivals celebrated in Rajasthan include the Camel Festival Bikaner of Rajasthan, Desert Festival Jaisalmer of Rajasthan, Elephant Festival Jaipur of Rajasthan, Gangaur Festival Jaipur of Rajasthan, Mewar Festival Udaipur of Rajasthan and the Teej Festival Jaipur of Rajasthan, to name a few.

Rajasthan, a barren desert land, becomes resplendent with the colors of joyous celebration and gay abandon of its fairs and festivals. Rajasthan's vibrant and colorful culture and traditions have been attracting people from all over the world. The color and charm of Rajasthan and its people can best be seen in their celebration of various festival and fairs. Rajasthan, India is extremely popular for the annual fairs that are held with pomp and splendor to mark the celebrations for religious occasions and festivals. In fact, celebrations occur almost round the year and are a splendid opportunity for tourists to gain an insight into the life of the Rajasthan during their travel. Other than the traditional fairs, recently established festivals which involve elephants, camel races, dance and music have been specially organised for tourists. Among the better known fairs and festivals of Rajasthan are:

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS OF RAJASTHAN IN INDIA

Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan in India (October-November)

Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity and of course the occasion is the world famous Pushkar Fair. Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan, is the world's largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. The Pushkar Fair is no less than an encyclopedia on the tradition and culture of the state of Rajasthan. It is the event when a better population of the state can be found at one place and at one time. It seems as if the whole state has come alive at Pushkar to stand witness to its pulsating cultural heritage. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair but it is much more than that. Competitions such as the "Matka Phod", "moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main attractions of this fair which attract thousands of tourists. It's during this period that the population of 14,000 swells to over 200,000 while the festival hosts over 50,000 camels which are sold, raced and decorated. Colourful sights at the fair can touch and move even the sternest heart. Hindu pilgrims can be seen flocking the place to take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake, washing away all the sins of the past. Devotees and worshippers can be seen surrendering themselves at the only Brahma Temple of Rajasthan.

This small town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India becomes a cultural phenomenon when colourfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, sadhus and tourists reach here during Pushkar fair. According to Hindu chronology, it takes place in the month of Kartika (October or November) beginning on ashtmi 8th day of Lunar Calendar and continues till full moon (Poornima). The Camel and Cattle trading is at its peak during the first half of festival period. During the later half, religious activities dominate the scenario. It is also an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay obeisance at the only Brahma temple in the world. Devotees take dips in the holy "Sarovar" lake, as the sacred water is known to bestow salvation. It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. For the tourists, it is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place.

In the month of Kartik each year, a staggering number of camels travel their way across the golden sands of Rajasthan to collect at Pushkar for the week-long fair devoted to them. Coming in from all directions, their masters astride them, they flick the sand at every step with casual ease. The horses that march to this site find the sand-trot a tough exercise. Numerous cows and sheep also come to the animal fair. Completing the scene thousands of men, women and children, come with their beasts, suddenly inhabiting the barren plain with the camel providing the backdrop.

The contrast to the dull desert landscape is the riot of colours - the large gaudy turbans of the native males arriving here to trade their animals or set up the stalls to cater to the booming captive market, and the loud hues of the pleated ghagaras (ankle-length skirts) of the women bangled by the armful, bejewelled from head to toe- adding charm and zest to the massive affair.

At Mela time, Pushkar is Rajasthan under one roof, a complete exhibition of its culture.
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Desert Festival of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India (January-February)

Once a year in winters and on the middle of the continually rising and falling stark yellow sands of the great Thar Desert, the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the brilliant colour, music and laughter of the Desert Festival of Rajasthan. The festival is organised by the Rajasthan State Tourism Corporation. The Desert Festival is a colourful, joyous celebration of the rich heritage of Rajasthan. This festival of Rajasthan takes place in Jaisalmer in the month of February and lasts for three days.

Musicians entice you with haunting ballads - a mixture of romantic verses weaved together with tunes of tragic pain. The fair has snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels also play a stellar role. Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized with folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a not-to-be missed event.

During the desert festival, the sands around Jaisalmer are adorned with vibrant hues of music and dance, accompanied with sounds of laughter and joy. The Jaisalmer Fort provides an ethereal backdrop to the annual Desert Festival of Rajasthan celebrating the traditional performing arts and creative crafts of Rajasthan. The otherwise barren landscape is splashed with vibrant colors marking the opening of the Desert Festival of Rajasthan. Over the years, the desert dwellers in their solitude have woven a fascinating tapestry with threads of music and rhythm and the Desert Festival is a celebration of their heritage. It is a chance of a lifetime to see the folk art forms against the landscape that has nurtured them for hundreds of years during your Rajasthan tour.

The desert festival in Jaisalmer was started to attract foreign tourists, who always wanted to explore as many facets of Rajasthan as they could in the possible crunch of time. The rich culture of the region is on display during this three day long extravaganza. The three-day event stresses more on local elements and heritage. For example, this no-nonsense festival will only showcase Rajasthani folk songs and dance. These are presented by some of the best professionals of the art. This is truly a moment worth preserving. You will never forget marvels like the famous Fire dancers that are the major attraction of the desert festival celebrations.
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Elephant Festival of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India (March-April)

The Elephant Festival of Rajasthan is a unique event, one of the most popular festivals held annually in the famous Chaugan ground of Jaipur, the capital of the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Elephant festival of Rajasthan has its own charm and is celebrated every year in March on the occasion of Holi, the festival of colors. The festival has a unique concept of its own kind. Groomed flawlessly, rows of elephants do a catwalk before an enthralled audience liked best fashion models to make this festival an amazing one. The elephants move with poise in pageant, run races, play the regal game of polo, and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated throughout India, but the festival gets some more spice added to it, when it combines with the Elephant festival of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Elephants become the major attraction of this festival in their classy attires.

It is a festival time for Elephants, so they enjoy the festivity by dancing and playing. Live Folk dances and music programs are also arranged for the overall entertainment of people. This festival of Elephants revives the royalty of Jaipur of Rajasthan, when people enjoy the glorious Elephant ride in the ground. The Elephants beautifully decked with floral motifs, make ultimate picture for the tourists. Being the time for Holi, tourists play Holi mounting on these painted Elephants. Elephant Festival of Jaipur of Rajasthan is unusual, something different and definitely a special treat for the tourists.
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Gangaur Festival of Rajasthan in India (March-April)

Gangaur is a significant festival of Rajasthan, especially meant for the women. Gangaur festival of Rajasthan is widely acclaimed and celebrated throughout the state of Rajasthan. The word Gangaur is derived from two words, 'Gan' and 'Gauri' which are synonyms of 'Siva' and his consort 'Parvati' respectively. Gangaur is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Gauri, who is considered as the symbol of virtue, devotion, fertility and a perfect married woman. Gangaur celebrates the union of the two and is a symbol of conjugal and marital happiness.

Gangaur of Rajasthan is celebrated in the month of chaitra (March-April), the first month of the Hindu calendar. This month marks the end of winter and the onset of spring. The festival of Gangaur of Rajasthan starts with the subsequent day of Holi and persists for about 2 weeks.

The womenfolk of Rajasthan worship Gauri with all the means of devotion. The married women worship Gauri for the well-being of their husband, while the unmarried girls worship the goddess to get the husband of their choice. This is also an auspicious day for young people to select their life partners. A newly-wedded girl observes a fast for the full course of 18 days of the festival that succeeds her marriage. Even unmarried girls fast and eat only one meal a day. Colourful processions with the town band playing horses and elaborate palanquins make it a fascinating spectacle. This worship which starts form the first day of the chaitra month culminates on the 18th day into Gangaur festival of Rajasthan with a great religious fervor. The festival of Rajasthan begins with the custom of gathering ashes from the Holi Fire and burying the seeds of barley in it. After it, the seeds are watered everyday awaiting the germination.

The ceremony takes place with the praiseful songs for Isar (Siva) and Gauri. The women apply henna on their hands to celebrate the auspicious festival. They carry painted matkas (water pots) on their heads. They also make images of Gauri and Isar with clay. During the last days of the festival, the celebration reaches to its height. On the final day, lively images of Gauri are taken out in procession escorted by traditionally dressed camels, bullock carts, horses and elephants. Songs are sung about the departure of Gauri to her husband's home.
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Marwar Festival of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India (October)
 

Rajasthan, the land of royalty, is a state at its colourful best all the year round with an amazing fusion of history, religion, music, dance, arts & crafts, desert sand, wildlife & birdlife, lakes, palaces and friendly people. Fairs in Rajasthan are mythological in nature, relating to Gods and Goddesses. They are even celebrated to commemorate the brave deeds of medieval heroes. The Marwar Festival, held in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan, is one such example. The festival is celebrated in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September - October) in the Sun City of Jodhpur, the former capital of Marwar Province during the full moon of Sharad Poornima. The most popular Jodhpur festival is the Jodhpur Marwar Festival, held annually in October in Jodhpur, attempts to showcase the art and culture of the Jodhpur region.

The two day long Marwar festival of Jodhpur provides a glimpse of the days of yore, of battles and valiant heroes who still live on in the songs sung by the folk artists in the praise of their valour and victories. The massive Mehangarh fort and the impresive Umaid Bhawan Palace which are symbols of ingenuity, might and valour of the Rajputs, make Jodhpur an ideal location for the festival. 

Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan in India is a city with countless bastions and towers founded by Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of Ramayana, in 1485 A.D which speaks of its glorious past. Exploring the city promises a delightful encounter with the unusual lifestyle and culture of the people. A treasure-trove for bargain hunters, the bazaars here stock an array of fabulous art & craft creations and a collection of tie-and-dye fabrics in extremely fine designs... some of the reasons that attract tourist from all around the globe. Originally known as the Maand Festival; this festival features folk music centered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. This festival is devoted to the music and dance of the Marwar region and offers a good opportunity to see the folk dancers and singers who assemble here and provide hours of lively entertainment.
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Camel Festival of Bikaner in Rajasthan, India (January)

For two days every year in the month of January, the city of Bikaner comes alive with the celebration of the Camel Festival. A lively and colourful event, the Camel Festival is organised by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture, Rajasthan in Bikaner every year. January is just the right month for a desert spree, and Bikaner just the right place to see the Ships of the Desert. Known as the Ship of the Desert, the Camel has been a fundamental part of the lives of the Rajasthani lifestyle since time immemorial. In the camel country Bikaner, these desert leviathans pull heavy cart loads, transport grain and even work at the wells. In order to acknowledge the importance of this useful animal, the Camel Festival of Bikaner is celebrated on a grand scale in Rajasthan. Desert region's Folk dances and Music; add on to what is otherwise an exclusive camel affair. A festival when the ships of the desert are seen at their best. Camels fascinate tourists from all over the world with their movements, charm and grace. A spectacle of unusual camel performances: camel races, camel dances, and the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides.
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Teej Festival of Rajasthan in India (July-August)

Teej Festival of Rajasthan is one of the most popular festivals of India. Teej festival of Rajasthan is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion by the women in India. Since Teej fall at the outbreak of the monsoons, it is also popularly known as the 'Sawan Festival'. Teej is usually celebrated in the month of July-August. Festival of Teej is dedicated to the divine couple - Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Though Teej is celebrated at various places in India and abroad, major Teej celebrations take place in the highly cultural city of Jaipur of Rajasthan. Here day-long processions and celebrations create a vivid atmosphere.

There are three different variations of Teej, namely – Hariyali, Kajari and Hartalika Teej. All the three Teej falls in different times and are celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm by womenfolk in India. Date of Teej Festival of Rajasthan is decided according to the arrival of monsoon and hence it changes every year. There are special rituals and customs associated with every Teej. These traditions hold great importance for women celebrating the festival of Teej of Rajasthan. Read on to learn about different dates of all the three Teej celebrations.

Teej Festival Celebrations of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India

Teej of Rajasthan is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of Rajasthan. 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 jewelry. They gather at a nearby temple or a common place and offers prayers to Goddess Parvati for well-being of their husband. Swings, traditional songs and dancing are the unique features of Teej celebrations in Rajasthan. Women perform traditional folk dance dressed in green colored clothes and sing beautiful Teej songs while enjoying their sway on swings bedecked with flowers.

On the occasion of Teej, markets in Jaipur of Rajasthan are stocked with trendiest women accessories and clothes. Most of the fabric clothes display laheria (tie and dye) prints. Sweet shops keep different Teej sweets but ghewar is the main sweet of the season. At some shops malpuas are also prepared in great quantities.

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' of Teej. Teej fairs are held in number of cities in Rajasthan. Most impressive ones take place in Jaipur. Whole city is immersed in the color of the festival. There are number of stalls showcasing the culture of Rajasthan. Handicrafts, traditional Rajasthani dresses and junk jewelry are some of the major attractions for tourists visiting the fairs. One of the attractions of the Jaipur Teej fair is the traditional Rajasthani mehndi.

Teej procession of Jaipur of Rajasthan not just attracts visitors from India but also lures a large number of international tourists. High point of Teej procession is the magnificently decorated idol of Goddess Parvati which is kept on a palanquin and carried through the Pink City of Jaipur of Rajasthan. Thousands of devotees throng the procession which is carried out for two consecutive days. Antique gilt palanquins, bullock carts pulling cannons, chariots, caparisoned elephants, camels, bands, and dance groups form a part of the grand Teej procession. The palanquin of Goddess Parvati is carried by eight men dressed in red color. Teej procession is a very huge affair which moves through various places in Jaipur. Lot of Teej songs are sung when the procession moves further. Folk artists and performers enchant the crowd with their splendid performance. Some people even dress up like Gods and Goddesses and play various musical instruments. Teej prasad is distributed among the crowd of devotees.
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Desert Kite festival of Rajasthan in India (January)

India holds a unique position in the world due to its various festivals that are distinctive and attractive and each one is special in itself. The kite festival of Jodhpur is one such festival, which is celebrated with great zeal and zest. Started just a few years ago, the desert kite festival is becoming more and more popular among kite fliers all over the world. The best kite flyers from India and abroad take part in this splendid celebration of the art of kite flying.

Makar Sankranti or the Hindu New Year is celebrated with merriment, kites, street plays, folk art performances and exotic food all over India and especially in Jaipur every year on January 14. This Desert Kite Festival is held every year. Kite makers flaunt kites sized as big as 1.5km of various shapes and Designs. Some Kites carrying messages, some depicting social issues, some as caricatures of politicians. The International Kite Festival fill the Jaipur soul with gay rainbow colors and a general happy mood. People from all over the world come and participate in the International Kite Festival with joyous enthusiasm. Entire Jaipur springs to life with paper kites, kite exhibitions, sessions on the history of kite flying, dance dramas and other festive celebrations.
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Nagaur Fair of Rajasthan in India (January - February)

The Nagaur Fair of Rajasthan is well known all over the state of Rajasthan and the special guests of honor at this fair are- Cattle! Yes, Nagaur Fair is has the unique distinction of being the second largest cattle fair in India. The festive ambience during the Nagaur Fair is permeated by the bellows of the cattle that are decorated by their owners and the general buzz that is associated with fairs such as these.

Nagaur Fair of Rajasthan is one of the largest eight days cattle fair in the country, held annually during the month of Magh, between late January and early February. Nagaur awakens with the thronging of cattle, horses and camels accompanied by their colourfully turbaned owners. Nagaur is a sea of animals, trading over 70,000 bullocks, horses and about 25,000 camels on display every year. The quaint town of Nagaur, one of the most picturesque of Rajput townships, stirs to life during the Nagaur Fair. Nagaur, a town in Rajasthan is located in between Bikaner and Jodhpur, is mainly noteworthy for the rustic rural charm and colorful life seen on the way. If you are thinking that the Nagaur Fair is just a regular cattle fair, you are mistaken; Shearing sheep, handsome marwari horses to spices all compiled in one fair. The owners of the animals from all over Rajasthan come and camp around the outskirts of Nagaur while they buy and sell animals.

The fair is organized by the Animal Husbandry Department and the Rajasthan Tourism Department also participates in it. Animal Husbandry Department controls the trading of this huge cattle market where as many as 2,00,000 livestock are brought and sold by some 80,000 farmers coming from as far as Punjab, Haryana.

Shearing sheep, handsome marwari horses to spices all compiled in one fair. Attractions include the mirchi bazaar (largest red-chilly market of India), wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories.

Sports like tug-of-war, camel races, bullock races and cock fights; jugglers; puppeteers, story-tellers; and exciting campfire evenings are held to entertain the tourists. Folk music of the Jodhpur variation echoes the tranquil desert sand. Nagaur is well connected to the major cities by road and rail. Nearest airport is Jodhpur, some 135kms away.
Essentially an animal fair, it provides an opportunity to participate in some of the local sports. Situated half way between Bikaner and Jodhpur, Nagaur awakens with the thronging of cattle, horses and camels accompanied by their colorfully turbaned owners. There is earnest bargaining between owners and buyers, and plenty of fun and festivity. Games, tug-of-war contests, camel races and strains of ballads create a joyful atmosphere with the setting sun in the background.
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Baneshwar Fair of Baneshwar in Rajasthan, India (January-February)

Rajasthan dazzles every visitor by featuring, the majestic forts, placid lakes, sprawling palaces and terrific wildlife and thus form the cynosure of this popular tourist destination. The rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan as on one hand attracts a large number of tourists, there are also a lot of other things to watch around in Rajasthan apart from the tourist attractions. The fairs and festivals of Rajasthan play a major role in attracting horde of tourists from not only the domestic but also from the international level. One such festival that catches the attention of the tourists is the Baneshwar Fair of Rajasthan in India.

Baneshwar festival of Rajasthan is celebrated among the tribal people and involves a lot of religious events and rituals. The name Baneshwar is derived from the revered Shiva Linga which is kept in the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur. "Baneshwar" means the 'master of the delta' in the local Vagdi language and this name was given to Shiva Linga at the Mahadev temple of dungarpur. The Baneshwar fair is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Poornima during Shivratri (January - February). This festival holds a lot of importance for the people of the tribes and especially the Bhils. Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar is well liked by not only the people of Rajasthan but also by the people of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh who come down to this place to celebrate this gala event. A lot of tourists both domestic and international flock into Dungarpur to witness this fair and be a part of the event. Baneshwar Fair of Rajasthan, Baneshwar goes on for a period of four days and a number of shops are set up that display a number of fine handicraft items and lot of tourists purchase these items as a souvenir.
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Mewar Festival of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India (March-April)

The onset of spring brings the Mewar festival of Rajasthan. The Mewar Festival of Rajasthan is celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April). During the festival, the tradition and culture of Rajasthan dominates every other thing in one's mind. The Mewar Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring. It coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur of Rajasthan and has a unique charm about it. The Mewar festival of Rajasthan is a visual feast with Rajasthani songs, dances, processions, devotional music and firework displays. The festival of Gangaur of Rajasthan is very significant for women of Rajasthan. It is a time for them to dress up in their best clothes and participate in the festival. They gather to dress the images of Isar and Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city. The procession winds its way to the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichola. Here, the images are transferred to special boats amidst much singing and festivity.

Once the religious part of the festival is over, it is time for cultural events where Rajasthani culture is portrayed through songs, dances and other programs. The festival culminates with an impressive fireworks display. Like other fairs and festivals celebrated throughout the state, there is a lot of activity, which keeps the participants in a joyful frame of mind, eager to enjoy every moment.

Mewar Festival of Rajasthan offers a brilliant opportunity worth grabbing, to the interested wayfarer who wants to be regaled by the tales, legends and sights of medieval and vintage traditional vistas. Fairs and festivals of Rajasthan in India are an alluring concoction of visual wonders with the Mewar festival of Rajasthan holding a pride of the place Udaipur of Rajasthan. Mewar festival of Rajasthan as a much talked about and visited fair and festival in Rajasthan, India is home to a myriad multitude of sightseeing and recreational opportunity.
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Shilpgram Festival of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India

Literally meaning a "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village . Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills. A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal.

Shilpgram Mela of Rajasthan is held annually in the west of the city of Udaipur of Rajasthan. Shilpgram Crafts Fair of Rajasthan is organized to promote art and craft of Rajasthan. Since, Rajasthan has always been famous for its handicrafts and artwork; this fair is a perfect destination to try out the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts. The hand woven clothes and camel leather items grab the major attention of visitors in this fair.

Shilpgram Crafts Mela aids in encouraging the urban potters, visual artists and designers too. If you are interested in learning the art and craft of Rajasthan, you can join the workshops that are structured to demonstrate the method. The art expertise of artists in Rajasthan acquires an imperative position in the cultural field of Rajasthan. Here, one can have a glimpse of the life style of weavers and local artists that is portrayed through pictures in the stalls. This is actually done to make people aware about the condition of artists.

While you would shop and explore handicrafts, various musicians and dancers will entertain you with their respective arts. Shilpgram Crafts Mela is certainly a sincere effort to give recognition to the local arts of remote villages of Rajasthan. Your visit to this fair would definitely allure you towards the ethnic rural arts and crafts.
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Urs at Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan, India (As per Lunar Calendar in May)

Ajmer of Rajasthan is venerated as a holy place for both Hindus and Muslims. It has the mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose blessings are eagerly sought by pilgrims to his dargah known as the ‘Dargah Sharif. The saint’s marble domed mausoleum is India’s most important shrine for Muslims and receives an endless flow of visitors of all religions as the sick, the troubled and the childless come here seeking a boon, a blessing or just peace of mind. Legend has it that the Mughal emperor, Akbar came here to the saint in the 16th century in quest of a boon for an heir and the saint obliged. 

The Urs or annual pilgrimage of the devout is celebrated each May at the Dargah with millions of pilgrims arriving in Ajmer to pay homage. The Urs, a commemorative celebration is held in the solemn memory of Khwaja Muin-nddin Chisti, a prighly respected sufi saint fondly revered as the benefactor of the poor, popularly known as Gareeb Nawaz. The Khwaja left for heavenly abode in 1256 AD after a six day prayer in seclusion. These six days are celebrated every year as the annual Urs, which is attended by innumerable pilgrims irrespective of their faith. The shrine is considered to be a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts. Lengthy queues of several kilometres snake their way past the tomb at the shrine. Within the dargah lies a mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Like all of Shah Jahan’s buildings, the mosque too, is an architectural marvel - a magnificent building in white marble with a long and narrow courtyard for the faithful to pray in, richly embellished with ornate calligraphic inscriptions, delicate carvings and detailed trelliswork.  

Chadar; Ghilaph & Neema which are votive offerings for the tomb are offered by several hundred thousand devotees. Mehfils & Qawwalis are held and mass prayer calls for the eternal peace of the mankind. An interesting ritual is the looting of Kheer (Milk Pudding) which is cooked in two large cauldrons called Degs and distributed to the devotees as tabarruk (blessed food).
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Summer Festival of Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India (May - June)

Mount Abu of Rajasthan is a major pilgrim tourist center located near Udaipur in south-west of the state of Rajasthan in India and also happens to be the only Hill Station of Rajasthan. This beautiful paradise comes alive with festivities every summer in the Hindu month of Aashadh (May – June). The summer festival of Mt.Abu of Rajasthan is held every year during Buddha Poornima in the month of May or June. The festival of Rajasthan celebrates the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of hill station, their colorful life and vivacious nature, who welcome the tourist from the depth of their hearts. The steep rocks, tranquil lakes, picturesque locations and the pleasant climate of Mount Abu make it an ideal location for the festival. The festival of Rajasthan goes on for three-day and showcases the traditions, culture and the tribal life of Rajasthan. The hospitality of the people, their colorful culture and exotic location made this festival a never to be forgotten experience.

Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gaiety prevail in this tiny hill resort and the tourists have ample time to relax and enjoy. The festival is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan. The Summer Festival features dance forms like the ballads, Gair, Ghoomar and Daph folk dances, which enchant the spectators with their grace and variety. The hospitality of the people, their lively culture and exotic location make this festival a memorable experience during your tours to Rajasthan. This festival is one of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.

The festival of Rajasthan begins with a ceremonial procession, which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and gather at the Nakki Lake Chowk followed by folk performances from artists of Rajasthan and Gujarat states. The grand finale of the Festival is a display of dazzling fire works all three days. This three day colourful festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism, Municipal Board, Mt.Abu & District Administration.
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FAIRS & FESTIVALS CALENDAR 2005-2010

Fairs & Festivals

Place

Tithi

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

 

Camel Festival

Bikaner

Paush-Shukia (14-15)

24-25 Jan.

13-14 Jan.

2-3 Jan.

21-22 Jan.

10-11 Jan.

31 Dec.,1st Jan.

Brij Festival

Bharatpur

-

2-4 Feb.

2-4 Feb.

2-4 Feb.

2-4 Feb.

2-4 Feb.

2-4 Feb.

Alwar Festival

Alwar

-

11-13 Feb.

10-1 2 Feb.

9-11 Feb.

8-10 Feb.

13-1 5 Feb.

12-14 Feb.

Nagaur Cattle Fair

Nagaur

Magh-s (7-10)

15-1 8 Feb.

4-7 Feb.

25-28 Feb.

13-16 Feb.

2-5 Feb

22 -25 Feb

Desert Festival

Jaisalmer

Magh-s(13-15)

21-23 Feb.

10-12 Feb.

31 Jan.-2Feb.

19-21 Feb.

7-9 Feb

28-30 Jan.

Baneshwar Fair

Beneshwar (Dungarpur)

Magh-s (11-15)

19-23 Feb.

8-12 Feb.

29 Jan.-2 Feb.

17-21 Feb.

5-9 Feb.

26-30 Jan.

Elephant Festival

Jaipur

Phalgun-s-15

25 March

14 March

3 March

21 March

10 March

28 March

Shitala Ashtami

Chaksu, Jaipur

Chaitra k-8

1 April

23 March

12 March

28 March

19 March

8 March

Kailadevi Fair

Karauli

Chaitra-s (3-4)

11 -12 April

1-2 April

21 -22 March

8-9 April

29-30 March

18-19 March

Gangaur Festival

Jaipur

Chaitra-s (3-5)

11-1 3 April

1-3 April

21-23 March

8-10 April

29-31 March

18-20 March

Mewar Festival

Udaipur

Chaitra k-1 2

6 April

26 March

16 March

3 April

23 March

12 March

Mahavirji Fair

Mahavirji

Chaitra-s (9-1 5)

18-24 April

7-13 April

27 March-2 April

14-20 April

3-9 April

24-30 April

Summer Festival

Mt. Abu

Baisakh (13-Budh Pumima)

21-23 May

11-13 May

30 April-2 May

18-20 May

7-9 May

26-28 May

Teej Festival

Jaipur

Shravan-s (3-4)

8-9 Aug.

28-29 July

15-16 Aug.

4-5 Aug.

24-25 July

12-13 Aug.

Kajli Teej

Bundi

Bhadra-k (2-3)

20-21 Aug.

11-12 Aug.

30-31 Aug.

18-19 Aug.

8-9 Aug.

26-27 Aug.

Ramdevra Fair

Pokaran (Jaisalmer)

Bhadra-s (9-10)

12-1 3 Sept.

2-3 Sept.

21 -22 Sept.

9-10 Sept.

29-30 Aug.

17- 18 Sept.

Marwar Festival

Jodhpur

Aswin-s (14-15)

16-17 Oct

6-7 Oct.

25-26 Oct.

13-14 Oct.

3-4 Oct.

21 -22 Oct.

Dussehra Festival

Kota

Aswin-s(8-10)

10-1 2 Oct.

30 Sept.-2 Oct.

19-21 Oct.

7-9 Oct.

26-28 Sept.

15-17 Oct.

Pushkar Fair

Pushkar (Ajmer)

Kartik-s(8-15)

8-15 Nov.

29 Oct. -5 Nov.

17-24 Nov.

5-13  Nov.

25 Oct. 02 Nov.

13-21 Nov.

Chandrabhaga Fair

Jhalawar

Kartik-s 14 Magh-k 1

14-1 6 Nov.

4-6 Nov.

23-25 Nov.

12-1 4 Nov.

1-3 Nov.

20-22 Nov.

Kolayat Fair

Kolayat (Bikaner)

Kartik-s11 Magh-k 5

12-21 Nov.

1-9 Nov.

20-29 Nov.

9- 18 Nov.

29 Oct-7 Nov.

17-26; Nov.

Winter Festival

Mt.Abu

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29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.

 

 
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