Gangaur, Rajasthan’s very own festival, celebrates the celestial marriage of Lord Shiva to his consort Parvati, Their human avatars, Ishar and Gangaur are bedecked and displayed in every noble house all over Rajasthan, two weeks after the festival of Holi. The festival is celebrated like a wedding. Elaborate processions and parades take place all over the state, where the opulent culture and breathtaking colours of Rajasthan are on display.
At Rohet, Gangaur takes on a new meaning! The beautiful deities of Ishar and Gangaur are bedecked in all their finery. They are then displayed every evening in the Zenana court of Rohet Garh for five consecutive days. Every day, women and young girls come to pay homage to the deities and pray for a husband like Ishar. Then, as is the custom during weddings in Rajasthan, the little girls and the women dance for the deities in celebration. The women dance the breathtakingly graceful Ghoomar and Garbha, every night for five nights at the Zenana chowk at Rohet Garh.
On the last day of the festival, the two deities are taken out in a grand procession, accompanied by dancers, musicians, and horsemen riding with lances, to the mela grounds where a huge fair takes place, attracting thousands of people from the area. Dance contests and other athletic competitions take place, and the fair is a riot of colour. A priest conducts the wedding ceremony at the grounds, symbolizing the culmination of the year’s festival, and the deities then retire to the family temple until the next year!
For those coming to Rohet Garh during Gangaur, a truly magnificent cultural bonanza awaits them, which has few comparisons!