Rajasthan Fairs And Festivals

Rajasthan, the history laced land of evergreen myths and legends of yore, is also the site of numerous colorful fairs and festivals. These fairs and festivals are stunning spectacles of vibrant colors, mind boggling array of eye catching artifacts, delectable delicacies, traditional Rajasthani attires that are storming the global fashion scene, haunting folk melodies that have an old world charm to them, beautiful folk dance performances, among a host of other tourist attractions.

Religion is at the core of many of these festivities. The occasions range from the unison of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to a homage to Lord Brahma. The men folk and women folk of Rajasthan , in all their festive finery, throng the fair and festival grounds. These fairs and festivals are major tourist hotspots. You can stack your bags with lovely Rajasthani textiles, collector's items from amongst marvelous exhibits. Delicious elaborate spreads, inclusive of some of the most lipsmacking Rajasthani fares are also on offer.

Then there are fairs and festivals that celebrate the fauna of the region. The imperial elephant and the majestic camel are some of the animals that have festivals dedicated to them. Racing competitions, tug of war contests, dance performances, featuring the respective animals, are top draws of these festivals. The animals, adorned in all traditional embellishments, cuts a fine spectacle. Rajasthan also boasts of fantastic fairs of domesticated bovine animals. Cattle merchants from all across India, make a beeline for these fairs, that have stupendous commercial prospects. For the backpacker too it is an amazing experience that offers an insight into the potpourri of culture that Rajasthan is.

Fair & Festivals of Rajasthan

Baneshhwar Fair

The term "Baneshwar" meaning the master of the delta in the local Vagdi language, is derived from the reverenced Shiva Linga which is enshrined in the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur of Rajasthan.The Baneshwar fair is the tribal fair that is held at the delta formed by the river Som and Mahi during the month of Shivratri( January -February) from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Poornima.

In the past, two fairs were held at the same venue. One fair was held in order to venerate Lord Shiva- Baneshwar Mahadev and the other fair was held after the Vishnu temple was constructed by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji( a saint who was considered to be an incarnation of Vishnu). At presence the Baneshwar fair is observed by merging the both.

Camel Festival

the Camel Festival celebrates the vigor of this amazing animal. This breathtaking spectacle is put together by the government fuelled department responsible for the promotion of tourism, culture and art of the state. The festival, an yearly affair, kicks off in the month of January. Caparisoned camels hog the limelight. Adorned in lovely trappings, deftly orchestrated camel marches cuts a fine spectacle. The Camel Festival showcases the talent and skills of this magnificent animal. Racing contests, milking competitions are the top draws of this extravaganza. Besides, the most innovative hairdo, the best embellishments, are also much sought after award categories. Beautiful camel dance are perfect fodder your shutterbugs and ideal tokens of remembrance.

Nagaur Fair

The wondrous locales of Rajasthan plays host to a variety of vivacious festivities through the year. The vibrant Nagaur fair is one such colorful jubilation. Each year, in January and February, Nagaur throws its doors open to hundreds and thousands of merchants dealing in domesticated bovine animals.

The fair is an assortment of bullocks, camels, cows, and horses, merchants sporting attire in striking hues, haggling traders and visitors, brimming with enthusiasm and excitement. The bustling fair is also a shopaholics haven. You can stack your bags with lovely artifacts etched in wood and metal from the famed Mirchi Bazaar. Exquisite leather goods are also on display.

Marwar Festival

The colorful Marwar festivities, take off at the monumental fortress of Mehrangarh and the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, emblems of Rajput gallantry and power. The jubilations relive the valiance of heroes of the yester years. The rhythms of the folk music spins an old world charm and captures the imagination of the visitors. Brilliant folk dance performances are also the highlights of the festival.

The glittering Festival of Marwar is further jazzed up by exciting ride on horses and camels, that will surely be an indelible experience worth cherishing. Edge of the seat polo matches, the game of the regalia, also draws crowds in hordes.

Pushkar Fair

There are different reasons why Pushkar ka Mela is observed. Since this is one of the major cattle fairs in India, cattle merchants across the nation find it as an ideal venue to trade cattle and make some money. Pushkar is one of the five dhams or sacred places for the Hindus and devotees come to bathe at the holy Pushkar Lake and show respect to Lord Brahma at Shri Brahma Mandir. This is the only Brahma Temple in the world.

The Pushkar Fair begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadasi and ends at Kartik Purnima in the month of October-November. The celebrations usually continue for five days.

Gangaur Festival

The Gangaur Festival is the local festival of that is celebrated statewide especially in Jaipur by the womenfolk with great ardor and religious zeal. The women worship Gauri, the companion of Lord Shiva during the month Chaitra( July -August). The festival begins following the day of Holi and the first day of the Chaitra month and continues for eighteen days.

Desert Festival

Once in every year, the golden desert of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is enlivened with myriad colors, melody and laughter of the fascinating Desert Festival. The Desert Festival of Jaisalmer acquires a splendiferous native simplicity with the backdrop of the Medieval Sandstone fort, the Sam Sandunes and the people vibrant people clad in bright colored apparels. In fact Jaisalmer is the only place where which this Desert Festival is celebrated with gusto and exuberance.

Teej Fair

According to Hindu mythology Teej is an occasion for the married ladies and girls dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati, which is celebrated on the third day after the new moon in the Hindu month of Shravan. Teej is celebrated by married women praying for their happy married life and also unmarried girls pray for their best match. It is widely celebrated all over the country but Teej in Rajasthan is celebrated with great excitement and enthusiasm.

The Teej Fair is organized by the locals of Rajasthan collaborating with the Department of Tourism. It is famously known as the 'Saawan mela'. At this particular time, many crafts markets & exhibitions and food bazaars bloom up for the people. Any celebration in Rajasthan is incomplete without cultural folk programs. There is singing, dancing, dramas and other festivities as well.

Kite Festival

The history-laced Pink City of Jaipur is a traveler's Shangri-la. Marvelous yester year architecture, lovely forts and fantastic locales- it is truly an oasis, far away from the frenetic pace of our regular lives. The Kite Festival, celebrated on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, is another highlight of this imperial city. Hundreds and thousands of tourists flock to its Olympian realm every year, on the fourteenth day of the month of January.

The festival is marked by the coming together of ardent contestants. Exclamations of joy and disappointment reverberate all across the polo grounds as kites jostle for space in the clear azure expanse. Contestants make a beeline for the kite competitive segment of the celebrations. One can also showcase one's kite flying skills in the non-competitive section. The Indian Air Force's kite exhibition provides spectacular entertainment for the audience. Lavish spreads at beautiful haunts await contestants at the end of an eventful day.

Summer Festival

Rajasthan and is the coldest region of the state. This place houses the highest peak- Guru Shikhar Peak of the Aravali Ranges, the oldest fold mountains of the world. It was the summer retreat of the British people and hence the place breathes a colonial air of its past.

The cold place comes alive with the summer festival during the month of Aashadh( in Hindu Calendar ) that falls in June. Summer season imparts a festive look to the place. In fact the serene lakes, the steep cliffs and the picturesque landscapes make Mount Abu ideally suited for the fun and enjoyment of the summer festival. The three day festival showcases folk and classical performances including folk and classical music and gives us a glimpse of the culture and tribal life of Rajasthan.

Elephant Festival

The festival of elephants can be traced back to the evergreen tales of Jataka where the custom of Hastimangala finds a prominent mention. An integral part of many a battle, safaris, and imperial ceremonies, this magnificent animal is epitomizes Indian hospitality at its best. A journey to the Amber palace on the back of an elephant is an unparalleled experience.

The Elephant festival, one of the premier attractions of Jaipur, takes off at the Chaugan Stadium. Elephant racing competitions, polo, tug of war contests comprises the celebrations. Herd of elephants, adorned with all the beautiful trappings of royal splendor, cuts an outstanding spectacle.

Last Updated on: 3 February 2020