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.

 Know the tradition 

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.

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Ranakpur Festival: Witness the classical culture of Rajasthan

Ranakpur, a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan welcomes you all to the grand festival of 2012 “The Ranakpur Festival” starting from 28th November to 01st December, 2012.

Department of Tourism, Rajasthan, is organizing this festival which comprises of holy chanting, cultural programmes, conventional Kathak performances and Classical Bharat Natyam performances.

The evening cultural programme is scheduled to start from 6.30 pm at the amphitheater that has been constructed within the premises of the Ranakpur temple. Also find the detailed programme schedules for Ranakpur Festival Events.

28th November, 2012: Bharat Natyam by Padmashree Geeta Chandran

29th November, 2012: Sufi songs by Zilla Khan

30th November, 2012: Kathak dance by members of Jaipur Kathak centre

1st December, 2012: Closing ceremony with performance by renowned Rajasthani Folk Artists.

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Apart from that, every morning at 8.00 o’clock a free jungle safari will also be organized for the guests of Ranakpur Festival. Some of the other attractions of this festival would be the food and craft bazaar where a great mixture of several cultures and amazing art & craft would be seen and experienced along with the arrangements for Rock Climbing.

Pushkar Fair begins from Nov 18-27, 2012

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The most awaited Pushkar Fair is going to begin from 18th November up till 27th November,2012, also known as Pushkar Camel Fair and Pushkar Cattle Fair is a major event in the travel calendar of Rajasthan and is popular among tourists coming to Rajasthan from all over the World.

Religion, culture and fun, all are witnessed here in abundance. Pushkar is the home of Brahma, Creator of all Creation. Pushkar has the only Brahma temple of the world and is a holy pilgrimage place for Hindus. The Pushkar Fair is held in the month of Kartik, when pilgrims gather here for a dip in the lake to wash away their sins.

Spread over nine days, this fair is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts lakhs of people from both India and abroad. The golden sand comes alive with Rajasthan traditions, a burst of colors and sounds of revelry. The Pushkar Fair is associated with cattle. It is the world’s largest camel fair and other cattle is also bought and sold in large numbers. Camels are a Rajasthani’s pride.

Tourist Attractions during the Pushkar Fair

  • The Holy Dips (Snan)
  • Floating Lamps (Deep Dan)
  • Cattle Trading
  • Temples & Ghats
  • Camel races
  • Music, folk dances and cultural events

The folklores, music, ballads and dance performances at Pushkar showcase the colorful culture of Rajasthan which heightens the joy and excitement of this fair. The bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry. Cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Fair.

Location: Pushkar, Rajasthan

Date: November 18 – 27, 2012

Another foreign element in Rajasthan

Russell Brand and Katie Perry tied the knot at Ranthambhore, Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar got hitched in Jodhpur and New York hotelier Vikram Chatwal married Priya Sachdev in Udaipur – the three marriages may be history, but Rajasthan continues to lure the international jet-set with its ageless charm. Before stories of DLF chief K.P. Singh’s 80th birthday celebrations in Udaipur topped by a performance by Colombian singing sensation Shakira could fade out of public memory, Jodhpur is agog with the 50th birthday party thrown by supermodel Naomi Campbell for her boyfriend, the Russian tycoon Vladimir Doronin.

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If there’s a destination in India that is top of mind for top-end travelers, it is Rajasthan.

The state seems to have stolen the thunder of even God’s Own Country. So much so, that even when Begum Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh’s opposition leader, chooses to unwind, she visits Rajasthan, as she did last week.

“In 2011, the state received over 27 million domestic and 1.4 million international tourists

Rajasthan Tourism had organized ‘Treasures’ along with the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust and Embassy of Egypt to promote the handicrafts of the state. The third edition of Fiona Caulfield’s guide, Love Jaipur, was also launched as a part of the celebration of the state’s rich heritage.

With Rajasthan getting international publicity for free, thanks to the likes of Naomi Campbell, travel portals and tour operators are laughing all the way to the bank. Campbell, for instance, has hired the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur for the birthday celebrations. The guests will stay at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, another Jodhpur landmark, and the dinner on the birthday night will be at the fort’s Daulat Khana. Vishal Suri.

Luxury travelers are opting for royal holidays in the palaces of Rajasthan, especially in Udaipur and Jaipur. These palace hotels enable high-end tourists to live like maharajas.  General Manager of the recently opened international luxury hotel, Fairmont Jaipur, confirmed the trend.

There was a time when Jaipur was known solely for its tourist spots and shopping, but that is no longer the case!!

Jaipur’s profile has changed dramatically because of events such as the Jaipur Literature Festival. It is now also seen as a high-end wedding destination. These factors have boosted the city’s luxury.

DSC JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2013 ANNOUNCED

–   The annual festival scheduled for 24th – 28th January, 2013, at Diggi Palace, Jaipur

–   Music stage to shift to a new venue at The Clarks (Amer) Lawns

–   Online registration and press accreditation has begun

The much-awaited sixth annual DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, where literary talents flaunt from across the globe, has been scheduled from 24th to 28th January, 2013, at Diggi Palace in Jaipur. The five-day festival will encompass a wide range of activities including debates, discussions, readings, music, and workshops for the audiences.

The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival is considered to be Asia’s leading literature event, celebrating national and international writers, and encompassing a range of activities including film, music and theater.  The festival has already hosted some of the best-known national and international writers including Orhan Pamuk,Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Tartt, Tina Brown, Shashi Tharoor, Mohammed Hanif, Paul Zacharia, among many others.

This year, too, the Festival will showcase the diversity of writing in Indian languages with over 16 languages represented, including Hindi, Urdu, Rajasthani, Tamil, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Punjabi, Bangla, Malayalam, Gujarati, Sindhi, Kannada, and Kashmiri. A special emphasis will be on the transition of Maithili and Bhojpuri literature from the traditional to the contemporary.

The themes and session strands at the Festival will focus on a wide range of topics, some of which are: The Buddha in Literature, The Republic of Ideas (a Republic Day focus on ideas of India), Re-imagining the Kama SutraHindi-English Bhai Bhai, Alternative Sexualities, Lok Geet Folk Geet, Bollywood ki Nayi Sanskriti,and Bibliodiversity Dialogues. The session, Remembering Sunil Da, will pay tribute to the late Sunil Gangopadhyay, who had once again accepted our invitation to attend the Festival in 2013 before his tragic demise. International sessions at the Festival will explore Russian literature, the Jewish novel, Shakespeare, Kipling, cricket writing, the New Africa, Iran, and writing on the contemporary art scene.

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Like all its previous editions, this year’s Festival is open to all. A new venue, the Char Bagh, has been added to the existing venues at Diggi Palace to expand its capacity by another 5,000 people per hour. The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival continues to be the largest free literature festival and among the five largest such festivals in the world, with a unique visitor registration of 57,000, and a footfall of more than 122,000 in 2012.

Registrations for the Festival’s 2013 edition have begun for delegates, members of the media, and the general public. Details on registration and accreditation are available at the following link on the Festival’s website, jaipurliteraturefestival.org/registration/. While on-the-spot registration will be available at the venue, guests are encouraged to register online in advance to avoid long queues. Special rates at hotels associated with the Festival are available for those seeking accommodation. Online booking closes on 21st January, 2013.

Some of the authors who have confirmed their presence at the Festival in 2013 are: Ambai, Benyamin, Bhalchandra Nemade, Diana Eck, Elizabeth Gilbert, Erica Jong, Frank Dikkoter, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Gulzar, Hisham Matar, Homi Bhabha, Howard Jacobson, Javed Akhtar, Kancha Ilaiah, Kunwar Narain, Linda Grant, Madeline Miller, Michael Sandel, Michel Houellebecq, Nadeem Aslam, Neelesh Mishra, Orlando Figes, Pico Iyer, Reza Aslan, Simon Armitage, and Zoe Heller.

In 2012, the Festival hosted around 258 speakers, including 250 international and Indian authors, and over 100 performing artists from across the world.

For further details contact:

Imtiaz Alam

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E-Mailimtiaalam@gmail.comimtiaz.alam@ketchumsampark.com

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Dussehra Festival of Kota

Dussehra Festival is very popular and famous festival of Rajasthan. It is  one of the biggest festivals celebrated in most parts of India. This festival is specially celebrated in Kota with much enthusiasm and galore. This year, the fair would fall from October22- 24, 2012.

More than 70 feet tall effigies of the demons Ravana, Kumbhakarana and the Meghnad are burnt on Dussehra day to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Arrows of fire are shot at these effigies, which are stuffed with firecrackers. The result is a deafening blast, and an explosion of sound and light enhanced by the shouts of merriment and triumph of the spectators.  The festival is celebrated all over the country but the Kota Dussehra is quite unique for it marks more than just the beginning of a festive period.

Villagers gather here dressed in multicolored clothes to offer prayers to Lord Rama and to celebrate his victory over Ravana. Rich in courtly splendor and age-old traditions, the Dussehra festival here is marked by a glittering procession, which attracts thousands from the surrounding villages. Like all festivals in Rajasthan, it provides a good opportunity to the traders to display their attractive wares to the rural and urban buyers as well as attract foreign tourists to drink in the charm of this festive city.

Prominent artists from all over the country are invited to participate in cultural programs that enthrall the huge audience with their performances.

Fairs are usually held on this occasion with lots to eat, buy and enjoy.

Ramadan begins from July19, 2012

Ramadan/Ramzan is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God. Muslims fast for the sake of God and to offer more prayer than usual.

We would like keep you informed that Ramadan/Ramzan will take place on 19th July – 19th August for the year 2012.

For this year, it is also to note that the Heritage Mosque in Jodhpur which is in the local vicinity does the mass communication through a siren system to communicate the beginning and ending of fasting period lasting fifty seconds each.

With the first sighting of the moon and the announcement of the beginning of Ramadan, people congratulate each other and visit the mosques for the Taraweeh Prayer. All physically able Muslims – men, women and teenagers – keep a fast on every day of Ramadan from sunrise to sunset, perform the “namaz” (prayer) for five times and give alms to the poor.

Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to humankind, being the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

The last day of Ramadan or Eid al-Fitr , is the most important festival on the Islamic calendar, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, will be celebrated across India on August19, 2012 with a great fervor.

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