Gangaur is one of the most important local festivals in Rajasthan. It 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.
“Gan” stands for Lord Shiva and “gauri” or “gaur” stands for Goddess Parvati, the heavenly consort of Lord Shiva. Gangaur celebrates the union of the two and is a symbol of marital happiness.
This year the procession took place on 25 March and 26 March. It started from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Talkatora.
This festival is celebrated especially by women, who worship clay idols of “Gan” & “Gauri” in their houses. On the eve of Gangaur festival, women decorate their palms and fingers with henna. The idols of Gan and Gauri are immersed in a pond or in a nearby lake on the last day of the festival.
Over the years, numbers of festivals and fairs have changed in nature – however, the procession has retained its traditional charm. Right in the front was an elephant which carried the symbol followed by the kachhi ghodi dance. In the procession the tourists and the visitors were able to witness Gair, Kalibaliya and Chakri dances, among others. The procession included: the cannon carriage, decorated rath, elephants, horses and camels. A number of bands also accompanied the procession. The sawari of the Gangaur came almost at the end followed by chobdar. One of the highlights of the event was the mounted police on horse at the end of the procession.