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✨Gangaur - गणगौर

Gangaur Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Gangaur

Gangaur festival is a folk festival of Rajasthan. This festival is all about celebrating the marriage and love of Devi Gauri and Shiva. Married women worship Devi Parvati for their husband's long life and good health, while unmarried women worship Devi Parvati to get a good husband.

Why is Gangaur festival celebrated?
The festival also signifies the celebration of spring and harvest. Gana symbolizes Bhagwan Shiva, and Gangaur symbolizes Bhagwan Shiva and Parvati together. According to legends, Gauri won the affection and love of Bhagwan Shiva by her deep devotion and meditation. And after that, Gauri goes to her ancestral home during Gangaur to bless her friends with marital bliss and stays for 18 days, a big celebration on the farewell day, and Shiva comes to take her back.

The Gangaur festival usually lasts for 18 days, as people in most regions start performing the rituals a day after Holi. The festivities take place in Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Nathdwara and Bikaner.

Related NameGauri Tritiya
Begins TithiChaitra Krishna Pratipada

गणगौर हिन्दी में पढ़ें

गणगौर त्यौहार राजस्थान का एक लोक उत्सव है। यह त्यौहार देवी गौरी और शिव जी का विवाह और प्रेम का जश्न मनाने के बारे में है।

What is Gangaur Festival Dates?

Gangaur festival takes place in the month of March or April, which starts a day after Holi and lasts for eighteen days. Gangaur for the year 2022 will be celebrated from March 18 to April 4.

How is the Gangaur festival celebrated?

Women`s make clay paintings of Shiva and Parvati, dress them in beautiful clothes, worship them, observe a day-long fast for marital happiness and prepare delicious dishes for the family. For the locals of Rajasthan, Devi Parvati represents perfection and marital love. In such a situation, Gangaur festival has special significance for them.

The first and foremost tradition of Gangaur is to collect ashes from the holy fire in earthen pots (kunds) and sow wheat and barley seeds in them. After seven days the women make colorful idols of Gauri and Shivji, chanting mesmerizing Rajasthani folk songs. In some families the idols are preserved for years and decorated and painted on auspicious occasions.

On the evening of the seventh day, a rally is taken out by unmarried girls by placing a lamp inside an earthen pot called Ghudlia. The girls are blessed with small gifts like sweets, jaggery, a little currency, ghee or oil, clothes and jewellery. This continues for the rest of the day and the pottery is broken on the last day of the festival. For all the 18 days newly wed women keep fast for the whole day while other women keep fast by having one meal a day.

On the remaining three days the festive atmosphere reaches its peak, on these days women dress up in ornaments, decorate their hands with Heena (Mehndi), and also decorate their idols for Gangaur Puja. Sinjara is sent by the parents of married women which includes sweets, clothes, jewelry and other decorative items for their daughters.

The final day of Gangaur is grand, with many tourists and locals gathering to watch the procession of women carrying the idols of Gauri and Issar on their heads to a lake, river or garden, and Gauri and Issar. Shiva is given farewell. Their idols are immersed in water.

Related Information

Futures Dates
31 March 202521 March 20269 April 202729 March 2028
Frequency
Yearly / Annual
Duration
18 Days
Begins Tithi
Chaitra Krishna Pratipada
Ends Tithi
Chaitra Shukla Tritiya
Months
March / April
Past Dates
24 March 2023, 4 April 2022
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