Desire!! It is considered to be the root cause of all evil, right? People tend to sway in the flow of their desires to commit those acts which they shouldn`t. But in case of Incredible India, the case is quite different. Desire gives rise to great festivals in this great land. Confused?? Let`s unravel the story ourselves.
In our land of fortitude and regality, our Royal Rajasthan, the Gangaur festival is a wonderful way to unravel our story and slither our way away from any sort of dilemma as to how can desire be ecstatic sometimes, and a festivity for an entire region. The Gangaur Festival is a canorous melody in the symphony of colours and magnificence.
The word `Gangaur` is used to designate Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The reason why desire leads to a bravura of magnificence in Rajasthan, is the Gangaur Festival itself. The Gangaur festival cropped out of the DESIRE of young and beautiful damsels of the land to be blessed with a husband as opulent and glistening in grandeur as Lord Shiva. The form of worship is a sight to witness. The unmarried girls, in order to obtain the gift their `Mr. Right` carry `Ghudilas` on their heads with a lamp burning inside them, accompanied by the singing of the rich traditional Rajasthani folk songs.
All these festivities are carried out on the seventh day after Holi. Even the married womenfolk participate with great fervor and vigour in the festivities. From the day of commencement of the festivities on the first day of the month of Chaitra, the celebrations go on for 18 days. Rigorous fasting is carried out by the newly wedded for 18 days which is strictly compulsory. The married women pray for the well-being of their spouse and children, typical of the benevolent and magnanimous nature of Indian women. The festival is at its best during the last three days of the celebrations, when the statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are adorned in beautiful clothes and jewellery. Gangaur Festival is truly symbolic of our royal Rajasthan`s diverse culture.