Festivals of Udaipur and their Significance
Festivals are an important aspect of Indian culture, and there’s no way you can come to India and miss the many festivals celebrated here. To get a flavour of this country and its culture, you should visit the many states during some of the festivals. One of the country’s most culturally-rich states is Rajasthan. Udaipur is an important city in the state, and is known for its vibrant culture. While Diwali, Holi etc are festivals common to a vast majority of the country, here are some festivals unique to the Udaipur region, and the significance of each of them:
- Speaking of summer…
Gangaur festival: A summer festival, Gangaur / Gauri pooja is performed by women seeking a happy married life. The goddess is also a symbol of fertility and harvest, apart from fidelity in marriage. The festival is celebrated after Holi, and involves collecting ashes post the Holi fire. Barley and wheat seeds are buried in the ashes, and watered till they germinate. One week after Holi, the idols of Isar (Ishwar) and Gauri are made. Gauri is a spring-related festival and is all about abundance, growth and prosperity.
- Heralding the rainy season
Hariyali Amavasya: This festival is celebrated during the monsoon, and the scale of celebrations is really huge. Hariyali means greenery, and therefore, a sapling is planted on this day. Also, the festival marks the beginning of the rainy season. Amavasya is the moonless night, and Lord Shiva is worshipped on this occasion. People fast the whole day on the day of Hariyali Amavasya. The festival/fair is held at the Sahelion ki Bari and Fatehsagar Lake. Sahelion ki Bari is a popular haunt in Udaipur, and is a well known garden.
· Celebrating the arrival of spring
Mewar festival: Indian festivals are all about celebrating seasons, be it summer, spring or the monsoon. The Mewar festival marks the arrival of spring, and is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm across the town of Udaipur. Processions of Isar and Gangaur (Gauri) are taken out across the city of Udaipur. The procession culminates at Lake Pichola’s Gangaur Ghat. The festival is also marked with music and dance programmes. To catch the full glory of the Mewar festival, you should visit the areas in and around Bagore ki Haveli or Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal. You can also enjoy the spectacular fireworks display as part of the festival.
Stay and local experience
Udaipur is called the ‘Venice of the East’, thanks to the many lakes in the city. You should visit this city of lakes and palaces to enjoy the essence of Rajasthan. Udaipur is also a great place to explore if you are a foodie, and want to taste the local culinary delights. In terms of accommodation, there are plenty of options on offer, from a range of medium and budget accommodation choices to 5 star hotels in Udaipur. There are many resorts in Udaipur that offer a rich experience, in terms of food and cultural extravaganza.