Lists of Festivals in Rajasthan
The actual glory of Rajasthan lies in its myriad of colorful festivals that reflects the lively spirit of Rajasthani manifest. They beat the heat and harsh weather of the arid desert by observing these festivals throughout the year. Moreover, the occasion of these festivals are the great opportunity for travelers to bare experience the life and culture of the state. It is so because these events are the beautiful amalgamation of socio-cultural. There are numerous festivals held across the state of Rajasthan that are celebrated on cultural and religious occasions. Men in bright red turbans and women adorned with multicolor Lehangas and duppatta’s exhibit a colorful look that reveals the joyous and passionate life of Rajasthan people. Check out the list of festivals below mentioned:
- Location: Bharatpur, Rajasthan
- Significant Feature: Celebrated in the Honor of Lord Krishna
- Indian: Rs.25 Students: Rs. 10:00
- Celebration Time: Prior to the Festival of Holi
The Brij festival of Rajasthan is the earmark of color i.e. inspired by the theme of vim and vigor. The festival finds villagers full of great enthusiasm and energy. They wear a special kind of attires and enjoy folk songs with rustic dances. The special kind of dance of this festival is called Rasila dance, where the immortal love story of lord Krishna & Radha is depicted. All villagers submerge themselves in the melodious folk and splash color on each other. The whole Bharatpur echoes the sound of folk melodies. Men & Women, Young and Old Age, Rich and Poor everyone is wet with the spirit if this festival.
- Location: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
- Festive Attractions: Camel Safari at Sam Sand Dunes
- Celebration Time: January – February
- Duration: 03 Days
The world famous desert festival is only observed in the city of desert called Jaisalmer. It is one of the major festivals celebrated once in a year during winter season. The festival is organized by the state tourism authorities with pomp and show as tourist entertainment around January – February. Tourists get the opportunity to see cultural events, turban tying competitions, camel races etc. Everything is unique and exotic in Desert Festival amidst the Golden Sand of the Thar Desert. The ultra rich and colorful festival was started to attract foreign tourists, who always wish to explore the many facets of vibrant Rajasthan. The moustache completion here is very much popular among foreigners.
- Location: Jaipur Rajasthan
- Main Attraction: Polo Match, Elephant Race, Tug of War
- Celebration Time: March (on eve of Holi)
The elephant festival is celebrated in the month of Phalgun (March) on the eve of Holi – the Indian festival of color celebrated all over the country. Elephant festival is observed in the capital city of Rajasthan – Jaipur. The Mahawat of a particular elephant decorate them with bright colors, Jhools and heavy jewellery. Very interestingly, female elephants are made to wear Payal or anklets which jangle as they walk. Organizing authority arrange for the prizes for the most beautifully decorated couple. Polo match, Elephant race, the tug of war between Elephant and 19 men & women is the another attraction of this festival. The most charming is the playing of Holi on Elephant’s back.
- Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Deity: Goddess Parvati
- Celebration Time: July – August
Teej festival is observed in Rajasthan as well as some parts of northern India. But the real fun and joy of this festival can be seen Jaipur only. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Sharavan. This pious festival is dedicated to goddess Parvati. Women and girls get dress up in colorful clothes and accessories with bangles and jewellery. Usually they prefer green color as this fundamental color is the symbol of freshness. An elaborative procession is taken out in whole Jaipur for two consecutive two days which is even watched by the travelers too in large numbers.
- Location: Kota, Rajasthan
- Occasion: Ram victory over Ravana celebrated
- Celebration Time: October
Vijayadashmi is popularly known as Dussehara festival in India and observed in the month of October every year. But Kota Dussehara is unique in some way for its marks more than just the beginning of a festive period. More than 75 meter high effigy of the demons Kumbhkarna, Meghnad and Ravana is burnt to symbolize the victory of good over evil.
- Location: Mewar, Udaipur Rajasthan
- Deity: Isar and Gangaur
- Attractions: Fireworks at the end of Festival
- Celebration Time: March – April
Mewar Festival Rajasthan is host by the India’s most romantic city called Udaipur. This festival is observed to greet and welcome the arrival of spring season with full zest and enthusiasm. The great zeal of the festival can be seen throughout the state of Rajasthan as Mewar has always been the governing place for the Mewar rulers. Mewar Festival of Rajasthan is famous across the country for its liveliness. The whole city gets drenched in multicolor of festivity. To organize the event, women assemble to decorate the images of Isar (Lord Shiva) and Gangaur (Goddess Parvati). After the religious rituals are over people engage into various dances, songs and cultural events. The celebration is concluded with the glittering show of fireworks.
- Location: 11 Km North-West of Ajmer, Rajasthan
- Festival Attraction: Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple and Cattle Fair
- Attractions: Fireworks at the end of Festival
- Best Time to Visit: Mid October to Mid March