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Fall in Love With Unique Festivity in Rajasthan

Fall in Love With Unique Festivity in Rajasthan

Rajasthan, a state with a quivering culture, numerous colours to the desert land and a pattern of fairs and festivals. These dazzling fairs and festivals come with a venture for the adventurers to probe into the art, culture, traditions that are very nicely intermingled with the state’s royal antiquity. Rajasthan is a distinctive place that believes in glorifying life. And to relish the authentic flavours of this incredible land, visit during a festivity.

Rajasthan state is all about royalty, culture, colour and celebration. The state is also famous for spellbound lakes, desserts, ancient places and forts. The enthralling rituals, ethnicity, traditional festivals and celebrations are the major attraction in this state.  Here are some of the famous festivals celebrated in Rajasthan –

Teej Festival

Although this festival is celebrated throughout the state, you will witness the grandeur in Jaipur. In Rajasthan, Teej is marked with a street procession of the goddess with thousands of devotees dancing around with chariot troops, music, and ancient palanquins.

The history behind this festival is when Sati after enhancing their self-immolation, Lord Shiva became distressed and went into a meditative position. According to Hindu mythology, Sati took 108 consequent births to bring back Lord Shiva out of her meditative place. Her 180th form of birth was in the form of Parvati. To which all the married women seek blessings from Maa Parvati in Teej Festival for marital ecstasy. Women fast and pray throughout the night and then worship Goddess Parvati. Women get ready with their best attire with Mehendi, wearing a red saree and exquisite jewellery. Married daughters are proffered with sweets and clothes by their mothers. To be married brides receive gifts of Mehendi, bangles, clothes, and sweets from their in-laws. In Jaipur, a two-day procession is carried out on Haryali Teej.

According to the Hindu Mythology, Goddess Parvati denied food and water and requested for years to move Lord Shiva and then made him her husband. Well, some women observe reverent fasts while some eat only fruits. Once the fast is over, they are treated with some delicious Teej special delicacies.

‘Ghewar’ is the most popular dish in Rajasthan and in Teej the major sweet which is made in every household. Ghewar is a complete typical Rajasthani sweet that is made with flour, milk and Ghee. And on the top people add honey or Malai to make it more enticing.

Even ‘Khasta Kachori’ which is the Indian version of padded whiff pastry with different types of filling, is introduced first in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Among the delicacy in Rajasthan, ‘Onion Kachori’ is very famous as it is the perfect delicacy for the people of Rajasthan.

Another dish which is made mandatory during Teej is ‘Dal Baati Churma’ which is made of ‘Dal’ or lentils, ‘Baatis’ are the tiny dough balls prepared with flour, Ghee and milk and ‘Churma’ is a mixture of cardamom and some flavour mixed of crushed ‘baati’. It is believed that this recipe was an unexpected dish that occurred across many kitchens over a while.

Mewar Festival

‘Mewar Festival’ is celebrated with transcendent devotion, primarily among the women as they dress and decorate the idols of God Isar and Goddess Gangaur. After which there will be a massive procession in which they take the idols to the Pichola Lake. They celebrate it with dance and singing traditional songs in front of them. There are boats on the Pichola Lake which take them for the procession, and even it is used for the immersing of the idols. The festival is mostly famous in Udaipur, as the city has been the administrative city of the Mewar rulers. The town is decorated like a bride with magical lights and colours. The women are dressed in pretty clothes and with some traditional jewellery. After all the traditional rituals performed, locals perform with dance, music, and poetry in a grandeur manner. Even ‘Mewar Festival’ is also considered as the Second World Living Heritage Festivals in India.

This festival is also incomplete with some of their famous traditional mouth-watering dishes. ‘Rajwadi Amba Haldi Ki Sabji’ is a dish which has an essential part of the royal warrior’s meal and even because of the therapeutic values. Turmeric or Haldi is the main ingredient of this dish, and in Mewar, the production of Haldi is higher due to the climate condition.

‘Churma Ladoo’ is another dish which is made during the festival season. This dish is a mixture of fired whole wheat flour, Ghee, sugar, nuts, seeds and saffrons. The Ladoo is made in a perfect round shape with the moist of Ghee, and adding of cashew made the dish excellent and amusing to taste.

‘Malpua’ is the most famous and popular dish among the people of Rajasthan. This is the Indian version of fried pancakes with some extra flavour of cardamom and fennel.

Diwali

‘Diwali’ is a festival of lights and is termed as a victory of good over evil one. In Rajsthan, a 5-day long carnival is celebrated during Diwali with great enthusiasm. The return of Lord Ram is celebrated with dazzling lights, decorated shops and houses, designing Rangolis and a Laxmi puja ritual are also observed. Before Diwali, people celebrate Dhanteras where they buy gold as a good sign followed by Chhoti Diwali then Badi Diwali, Padwa and Bhaiduj. In Jaisalmer, people celebrate Diwali with music, dance and a parade marching through the city.

There is a variety of dishes made during Diwali, but the most popular dish is ‘Chandi Ki Thali’ where different dishes are served. ‘Meethe Chawal’, ‘Mogar’, ‘Dahi Bada’, ‘Bedmi Pudi’ ‘Aloo Ki Sabzi’, ‘Mooli Ka Kus’, Fried ‘ Sookhi Gavar Phali’, ‘Papad Ki Talni’, Samosa, ‘Besan Ki Chakki’, Fried ‘Bhindhi’ and ‘Moong Dal Halwa’ are served in Chandi Ki Thali.

‘Doodhiya Kheench’ is another dish made during Diwali. This is a typical Rajasthani dish made with wheat, milk, Saffron, Cardamom powder and lots of nuts.

Even ‘Balushahi’ which is a popular sweet dish in Rajasthan, is made during the festival. This dish is made with Maida, Sugar, Yogurt and Milk and is generally a dissolute dessert as it is very much high in calories.

This festival is also incomplete with some of their famous traditional mouth-watering dishes. ‘Rajwadi Amba Haldi Ki Sabji’ is a dish which has an essential part of the royal warrior’s meal and even because of the therapeutic values. Turmeric or Haldi is the main ingredient of this dish, and in Mewar, the production of Haldi is higher due to the climate condition.

‘Churma Ladoo’ is another dish which is made during the festival season. This dish is a mixture of fired whole wheat flour, Ghee, sugar, nuts, seeds and saffrons. The Ladoo is made in a perfect round shape with the moist of Ghee, and adding of cashew made the dish excellent and amusing to taste.

‘Malpua’ is the most famous and popular dish among the people of Rajasthan. This is the Indian version of fried pancakes with some extra flavour of cardamom and fennel.

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