Fairs And Festivals of Rajasthan

Urs Festivals :
Urs which is celebrated on the 27th day of Moharram, the first month of the Muslim calendar. Urs Festival is celebrated in the memory of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Desert FestivalChisti, it is an occasion from 1st to 6th day of the Islamic month of Rajab, when millions of believers come to congregate at the shrine and offer their prayers. The tomb is decorated with flowers and lit up with lamps before the ceremonies begin.

Desert Festivals
Desert Festival is a spectacular event coinciding with the full moon in the heart of the desert. The festival is organized by the tourist authorities as tourist entertainment around January-February. The very rich and colorful Rajasthani folk culture is on show here for a few days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed in their brightly costumes dance and sing lingering ballads of valor and romance.

Nagaur Fair
Nagaur fair is also known as the Cattle Fair is a eight day long fair held every year during the month of Jan-Feb. The Fair is renowned for the trading of cows, bullocks, oxen, camels and horses which takes place here. It is the second largest fair of India.

It was bestowed upon Balban as his jagir in 1242. Sher Shah captured Nagaur in 1542 A.D. Nagaur was a sarkar of Ajmer subah during Sur empire and later in Mughal empire. Emperor Akbar built the mosque here, and there is a shrine of the disciple of Mu'inuddin Chishti of Ajmer.

Pushkar Fair
The famous Pushkar Fair is a great tourist attraction. The fair is predominantly a rural gathering. Villagers come from different parts of the state and bring their cattle with them. People from around the globe come to the ancient religious town of Pushkar which is transformed into a spectacular fair ground in the month of Kartik.

Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, Pushkar Cattle Fair, is the world's largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. Competitions such as the "Matka Phod", "moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main attractions of the Pushkar camel fair which attracts thousands of tourists. A spotlight of one's holiday in India, the festival hosts around 50,000 camels which are sold, decorated, shaved and raced. From a mere 14,000 to a massive 200,000! This is how the population of Pushkar swells during the Pushkar camel festival.

Summer Festival
Summer Festival is held every year in the month of June. The hill station of the Rajasthan in a festive mood with the Summer Festival. The three-day festival is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan.

Sporting events such as the boat race on the Nakki Lake add variety to the festival. The Sham-e-Qawwali is a much-awaited musical extravaganza as renowned qawwali singers regale the audience. The grand finale of the festival is a display of dazzling fireworks which adds to the tourist's fantasy.

Marwar Festival
The festival is held in the month of Ashwin (Sept-Oct) in Jodhpur, for two days during the full moon of Sharad Poornima. The Marwar Festival is held every year in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. The main attraction of the festival is colorful processions of women carrying images of the goddess to the Gangaur Ghat of the Lake Pichola and the boat procession starting from the Lake Palace.

The festival is celebrated in the Hindu month of Ashwin (Sept-Oct) in Jodhpur, the former capital of Marwar Province. The festival has on display the music and dance of the Marwar region. The spirited folk dancers assembled here, perform with gusto and entertain the audience with Rajasthani folklore.

Gangaur Festival
The Gangaur Festival is the colorful and most important local festival of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the State with great fervor and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva during July-Aug. A festival of young women , on this occasion young girls to dress up in their finery and pray for grooms of their dream.

Gangaur is the most popular and colourful and the most important festival for people of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the state with great enthusiasm and devotion by womenfolk. The festival is the celebration of monsoon, harvest and martial fidelity. Women worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva. The word 'Gangaur' is literally made up of two words, 'Gana' and 'Gaur'. 'Gana' is synonymous with Lord Shiva and 'Gaur' which stands for Gauri or Parvati symbolizes Saubhagya (marital bliss).

Teej Festival
Teej Festival marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan (August). Teej is the festival of swings. The monsoon rains fall on the parched land and the pleasing scent of the wet soil rises into the air. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon.

It takes place on the third day of Shukla Paksha (bright moon fortnight) of the Shraavana or Saawan month of Hindu calendar that normally falls from late July to early September. Dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva, the festival is celebrated for marital bliss, well-being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul. The festival is a three-day-long celebration that combines sumptuous feasts as well as rigid fasting.

Mewar Festival
A colorful festival consists of women, carrying images of the goddess to the Gangaur Ghat of the Lake Pichola is major highlight. There is song, dance, procession, devotional music and fireworks where almost everybody participates.

An exhilarating welcome to spring, this festival is a visual feast with Rajasthani songs, dances, processions, devotional music and firework displays. It is celebrated in the romantic city of Udaipur during the Gangaur Festival. A procession of colourfully attired women carrying the images of the goddess Gauri make their way to the Lake Pichola. An unusual procession of boats on the lake offers a fitting finale to this splendid celebration.

Elephant Festival
The Elephant Festival is an inimitable event held annually in Jaipur. The elephants move with poise in pageant, run races, play the regal game of polo, and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is festival time with elephants typically celebrated one day before the Holi, Indian festival of colors.

The Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Groomed to perfection, glittering in gold, row upon row of elephants catwalk before an enthralled audience. The elephants move gracefully in procession, run races, play the regal game of polo, and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is festival time for the elephants.