Shri Mahavirji Fair !

The Shri Mahavirji Fair is held from Chaitra Shukla Ekadasi to Baisakh Krishna Dwitiya (March-April) to commemorate the memory of Shri Mahavir Swami, the 24th tirthankara (saint) of the Jains, in Chandangaon.

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This year Shri Mahaveerji Fair will be held between 20-25 April, 2013. The Mahavirji temple is located in an enclosure known as ‘katala’ and houses the image of Mahavir Swami believed to have been dug out by a leather worker from Devta-Ka-Tila, a nearby hillock. There is a Man-Stambha (tower of glory) made of marble in front of the temple.

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The major attraction is the Rath Yatra. The fair of Mahavirji reaches its peak on Baisakh Krishna Dwitiya when the image of the deity is taken to the bank of river Gambhiri in a grand procession for Kalash Abhishek.

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After the ceremony, the procession returns with the same grandeur and the image is restored to the temple. The pilgrims gather at the temple to worship, meditate and seek the blessings of the saint with folded hands.

Temporary shops spring up at the fair and cater to the needs of the visitors.

 

 

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Rajasthan all set for its third Tiger Reserve

More of the big cats will be glorifying the timeless heritage of Rajasthan. Rajasthan will home a third tiger reserve in the Mukundra Hills, as notified by the Govt. of Rajasthan.

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Covering the four districts of Kota, Bundi, Chittorgarh and Jhalawar.Its reserve area will spread over 759 sq km. Nearly 417 sq km have been earmarked as the core tiger habitat, while 342.82 sq km has been notified as the buffer zone where human interference is prohibited.

The other two tiger reserves of Ranthambore and Sariska have a core area nearly thrice this size.

Mukundra Hills are also connected with the Ranthambore National Park, located in the state’s Sawai Madhopur district.

Moreover, the core area of the Mukundra reserve currently has six villages, two of which are uninhabited. Eventually all these villages will have to be relocated funded by the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority). The sanctuary currently has wolves, sloth bear, chinkaras and leopards!
Officials added that at a later stage, tigers will be relocated from Ranthambore reserve so as to provide optimum space for the majestic dwellings.

The objective was to link this to Ranthambore so as to let the tigers that stray from the park come and breed here. It was the next best forest after Ranthambore for rehabilitation of tigers.

 

GITB 2013 Inaugurated!

The sixth edition of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2013 was formally inaugurated by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Vice President, Dr. Jyotsna Suri and the Principal Secretary Tourism, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava today morning at the Birla Auditorium by cutting a ribbon. Over 9000 pre-fixed and structured meetings are being held in the course of two days.

A comprehensive publication, ‘Re-inventing Rajasthan Through Tourism’ was also released at the Rajasthan Pavilion in the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) The Publication covers the State of Rajasthan in terms of fairs and festivals, luxury trains, availability of hotel rooms, package for investment in tourism, among others, which will also work as a handy guide for tourist.

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Mewar Festival

As known, fairs and fests have been an indispensable part for people of Rajasthan. Mewar Fest is one amongst these fairs. The Mewar Festival is celebrated as it welcomes the spring.

For the year 2013, The Mewar Festival of Udaipur is set to be celebrated for three days: from 13th April to 15th April. To keep people entertained, the organizers encourage local artists and artisans to come and display their talents. Many cultural programs and plays are organized for the amusement of people of Rajasthan. The whole city of Udaipur is decorated beautifully in colorful streamers and the feel of a grand celebration enwraps the locals as well as the visitors and guests because celebrations are just round the corner!!

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The fair is held in two parts where the first part holds the religious importance and after this comes the joy of celebration which includes various performances on Rajasthani folk-songs, dances like Kalbelia, Gavri dance etc. and other art forms like snake-charming, chari-dance, etc.

The most scintillating feature of this festival is the grand procession that takes place on ‘Gangaur Ghat’ in Udaipur as the auspicious water from this ghat is used in filling up the pots, to be carried by the women participants for the religious ceremony. Thereafter, the procession flocks towards the Jagdish Chowk which gets eventful and active, which lies near Jagdish Mandir at the crossing of City Palace of Udaipur.

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The three-day Mewar festival of Rajasthan comes to an end when the idols of Isar and Gangaur are taken to Lake Pichola of Udaipur. Then the idols are transferred on a specially decorated boat with much ardor and solemnity!! This is then followed by the Royal Treat as the Royals of Udaipur, participates in the rituals, of carrying ‘Gangaur Ki Sawari’ in 5ft long boat. This boat is decorated and ducked up with colorful stuffs for the royal carriage of Gangaur only!

Kaila Devi Fair

Rajasthan is famous for its vibrant & unique fairs with a lot of enthusiasm and devotion. One such festival that held annually in the
month of March-April is Kaila Devi Fair, which is coming soon on 7thApril. The fair is celebrated at village Kaila in the Karauli district of Rajasthan and lasts for a fortnight. This year the fair will start on 7thApril and ends on 23 rd April.

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Kaila Devi is believed to be the incarnation of MahaLakshmi (Goddess of Wealth)-  She is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money related sorrows.

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Goli Bhagat was a great worshipper of Kaila Devi and during Kaila Devi fair an interesting ritual called “Kanak-Dandoti” is observed by his successors in which people cover a distance of 15 to 20 kilometers to the temple following a certain procedure. According to this procedure, they make up to the temple by lying flat.

Besides this rigorous practice, one can see groups of Mina tribesmen dancing and singing in joy creating a lively atmosphere. People sing and dance in praise of the guardian deity.

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Apart from traditional practices, Kailadevi Fair includes number of decorated stalls and shops selling hand crafted indigenous items, which attracts tourists. The performances by the tribal group Mina make the atmosphere bright and cheerful. Many people visit this fair to experience the beautiful and vibrant atmosphere during the festival.

Witnessing these various performances will be a great experience for the tourists and to get a true flavor of the Rajasthani culture.

Sheetala Ashtami Celebration Today!

The tangy flavor of fairs and festivals in Rajasthan has its own charm. These fairs and festivals prove to be the best opportunity for the guests to peep into and understand the cultural and traditional aspects of the land of royal figures more closely.

One of the small and grand festivals is the Sheetala Ashtami festival, which is celebrated in Rajasthan. Sheetla Ashtami is celebrated during the spring season in the month of March or the beginning of April, right after seven days of Holi.

It is a very important Hindu festival in Rajasthan. It is commonly knows as Basoda बसोडा or like many people may call it Shitala Ashtami शीतला अष्टमी.The Sheetala Mata fair is held at a small hamlet in Chaksu, Jaipur, Kaga and Jodhpur with great passion and zeal.

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Sheetla mata is worshipped on this day. Cold and stale food is offered to Sheetla Devi after the puja. This food is known as Basauda. The same food is consumed by the devotees and distributed among everyone.

It is a common belief among all the people that worshiping Sheetla mata on Sheetla Ashtmi would prevent them from the deadly outbreak of diseases.

Wish everyone a very Happy Shitla Ashtami !

Rajasthan Diwas Celebration with Gaiety!

The Pink City witnessed a cultural extravaganza by way of several folk musical and dance performances throughout the city. The occasion was the celebration of the Rajasthan Foundation Day.

The Department of Tourism has organized cultural events at various important tourist locations of the City for the common people.
At the Amer Mahal were ‘Khartal Vadan’ (Bundu Khan, Barmer) and Ravan Hatta (Hanuman Bhopa, Amer). Similarly, atJal Mahal Ki Pal were puppet show (Raju Bhat, Jaipur) and ‘Chakri Dance’ (Bhagwan Singh, Baran). The tourist atAlbert Hall were able to witness tribal dance (Narain Damor, Banswara) and folk songs (Shahjad, Nagaur). At the central hub of the city, Statue Circle there were ‘Gair Dance’ (Prem Kumar Saini, Barmer) and ‘Chakri Dance’ (Udai Singh, Baran). Those who went to Hawa Mahal were able to see the mellifluous strains of the Shehnai (Murari Lal Rana). These performances were from 10 am to 5 pm – and as many as 71 artistes participated.
The evening saw a mega cultural evening in which a large number of foreign and domestic tourists as well as Jaipurites witnessed Kuchipudi Dance by Ms. Pernia Qureshi as well as a fusion between the Kathak dancers and the well known Langa Mangniyar artistes.

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The preceding week also saw some well known plays like ‘Dudha’ (directed by Sabir Khan)  and ‘Dafa 292’ (directed by Anoop Trevedi) at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). The food and craft festival, also as a part of the Rajasthan Day Celebrations, is continuing at the Shilp Gram in JKK, since 24 March and will end on 31 March.
At the district level too, competitions of events like rural sports and painting were organized. The cultural evenings were organized as part of the Rajasthan Day Celebrations.

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