Gangaur is the regional sixteen days festival of state Rajasthan which celebrates throughout the region with equal fervour and devotion. Gangaur pooja is pbserved in honor of Goddess Gauri who is a symbol of saubhagya. The festival pooja is conducted by young girls and married women only where they worship Gangaur which is derived from two words, ‘Gan’ and ‘Gauri’ which are synonyms of ‘Siva’ and his consort ‘Parvati’ respectively. The festival of Gangaur starts with the subsequent day of Holi and persists for about 2 weeks.
Time to Celebrate:
Gangaur pooja started from first day of Chaitra following Holi till 16th day of the month ( March- April)
On the occasion of Gangaur festival women of Rajasthan started worship Gauri with full 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. The festival 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. On the seventh evening after Holi, unmarried girls assemble and take out a procession with ‘Ghudlia’ (an earthen pot with holes around and a lamp inside) on their heads. The ceremony continues for a fortnight.
During the last days of the festival, the celebration reaches to its height. This traditional festival of Gangaur is celebrated in Jaipur from ages and forms a special attraction for any visitor.