Gangaur, festival of women of Rajasthan
A colourful photo-tour during one of the most colourful and photogenic festivals of Rajasthan
Gangaur is one of the most famous festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated primarily by women in the spring of each year. The word ‘Gangaur’ is the combination of the names of Shiva and Parvati. ‘Gan’ is synonymous with the god Shiva and ‘Gaur’ represents the goddess Gauri or Parvati. This festival honours mainly Gauri, the wife of Shiva who symbolises marital happiness. Unmarried young women worship Gauri to find a suitable husband, while married women pray for a happy married life.
The festivities differ according to the regions of Rajasthan. We will focus on Udaipur, which offers the most photogenic show. Moreover, in this city of lakes, Gangaur coincides with the ‘Mewar festival’, which includes various cultural programs, showcasing the culture of Rajasthan.
We will especially attend the last day of the festival, which is the climax of Gangaur when women go in procession carrying the wooden effigies of Gangaur and Shiva on their heads. The other days will be spent visiting the city and its surroundings.