Story time ✨
Maharana Jawan Singh is supposed to have promised half his kingdom to Natini the tight-ropewalker if she was able to cross the Pichola Lake, walking on the rope.
When the king saw that it was certain for her to cross the lake, he tricked her and cut-off the rope, she fell in the lake and died of drowning, the curse tale states that before she could take her last breath, she cursed the Mewar Kingdom resulting to, no direct descendants to the throne. 😌
"Gana" is another word for Lord Shiva, and Gangaur signifies Lord Shiva and Parvati together.
Gangaur is a festival, honoring the goddess Gauri, celebrating love and marriage. A manifestation of Parvati (Lord Shiva's wife), she represents purity and austerity.
where in Rajasthan Married women worship Gauri for the good health and longevity of their husbands.
It's believed that Gauri won the affection of Lord Shiva through her deep devotion and dedicated meditation to attract him. Parvati returned to her parental home during Gangaur, to bless her friends with marital bliss. On the last day, Parvati was given a grand farewell by her loved ones and Lord Shiva arrived to escort her home.
The festival is predominantly for women, who dress in their best clothes and jewelry, and pray for a husband of their choice or the welfare of their husbands.
Beautiful idols of Shiva and Parvati, to be worshiped during the festival, are made by local craftsmen. They're brought home and decorated, and placed in a basket with grass and flowers. Wheat plays an important role in the rituals. It's sown in small earthen pots (kunda) and the wheat grass is used for worship on the final day. Water pots are also decorated with traditional Rajasthani maandna (a special type of painting done with lime water). On the last day, colorful processions of bejewelled Idols of the goddess Gauri wind their way all over cities and villages, accompanied by local bands.
so, these beautiful rituals were performed by @rani_ratnakumari at shahpura village with a grand procession along with corely engaging the local people of shahpura.
Tour of the week – Essence of India – Women Only tour
From the sprawling commercial capital of Mumbai to Rajasthan, the land of the Kings and from the banks of the holy Ganges to the magnificence of the Moghal cities, this trip will show you the well known and introduce you to some wonderful secrets. The massive forts of Rajasthan, the opulence and splendour of Maharajah’s palaces, markets and bazaars, holy cities, a town seemingly lost in time, a camel safari and a search for the elusive Bollywood star all make for a trip full of highlights and contrasts.
On this women-only tour, you will live it up in glitzy and glamorous Mumbai before enjoying the beautiful lake city of Udaipur. You will have the opportunity to get wild in the hills of Mount Abu before spending a night as a Maharani in a heritage hotel at Bhenswara. You will get to experience a camel ride in the Desert city of Jaisalmer before being amazing by Jodhpur’s majestic Meherangarh Fort. Your last stop in Rajasthan is in Jaipur where you will be able to explore the pink city's palaces and bazaars before you are left breathless by one of the Wonders of the World - the incredible Taj Mahal. Discover the palace and temple village of Orchha before witnessing sunrise over the river Ganges in holy Varanasi. To finish, you will get to experience the craziness and excitement of India’s capital city Delhi. All this in a whirlwind yet well-paced 23 days across North India.
Only 3 places are left on our November trip which will in addition to all the regular sights and experiences offer you the opportunity to experience two of India's most amazing festivals - Diwali and Dev Diwali. Don't miss out. Book now.