Sunday, 15 July 2012

MARWAR FESTIVAL


Marwar Festival, Jodhpur

Tourism in Rajasthan is as much about its traditions and culture as its famous historic buildings. The region has rich cultural traditions that can be seen in the festivals of the state which have been successfully promoted by the state government and the tourism department. The Marwar festival, Jodhpur is one such festival. It attracts a large number of tourists to the Jodhpur region, which used to be the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Marwar. It has a significant place among the Fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. 

The Marwar region has played a significant part in the history of Rajasthan. This former estate is famous for its two major landmarks, the Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhavan palace. The Rathor rulers of the region were liberal patrons of art, and this is what the Marwar festival, Jodhpur is all about. The festival has its origins in the traditional ‘Maand festival’, which celebrated the folk and classical arts. Music is the chief attraction of this festival. The region has a rich tradition of music and even today, the festival brings together a large number of fabulous performers who enthrall the audience with their skills. It is also said that the Maand festival was started to commemorate the war heroes of the region. Whatever the origins may be, the Marwar festival has become one of the major tourist attractions of Rajasthan and is attended by many tourists, brought in by the numerous tour packages of Rajasthan. 
The festival is held annually during September or October, and lasts for two days. The time is marked by Sharad Poornima, an auspicious full moon day according to the Hindu calendar. The venues for the various events are the two famous structures mentioned above, the Mehrangarh fort and the Umaid Bhavan palace. For two days these magnificent buildings are adorned by lights and hum with activities and tourists. Music fills the air as the folk artists render songs and dances, narrating the tales of romance and valor from the lives of the former rulers of Marwar. The festival also comprises many other interesting and entertaining events, including various competitions, horse riding and polo. 

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