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Pinkcity & Rajasthan Festivals Calendar

Rajasthan is a colorful land of grandiose palaces, majestic forts and golden sand dunes. The charming past of this land can be felt lingering in every street and the various architectural monuments strewn all over the town. Not only for its rich culture and heritage but this place is equally popular for its festivals that further add top its grandeur.
You can visit Rajasthan and enjoy any of its festivals by referring the Rajasthan festival calendar. This calendar offers information on the various festivals of Rajasthan and some of them have been described below according to the month they occur.

Paush Shukla (December & January):
The festival celebrated in this month is Camel festival held in the town of Bikaner. This is an extravagant festival of Rajasthan and camels from all parts of the state take part in this festival and they are engaged in various competitions. The snake charmers, the fortune tellers, folk musicians and dancers add in their own way to the level of delight.

Magh (January & February):
In this month the Alwar festival is held that includes elephant polo, fancy dress, sketching competitions for children, flower show, and exhibition of rare and antique items of the region. Nagaur Fair & Ramdeoji Cattle Fair is an important festival held in this month and a large numbers of cattle are put on display including bullocks, camels and horses. The wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories are also exhibited.

The Desert festival also falls in this month and takes place in Jaisalmer. The festival is marked by ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. The festival also includes snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Baneshwar fair is another important festival of Rajasthan and occupies an important place in the Rajasthan festival calendar. It is a religious event and a number of devotees drop in to Baneshwar to offer prayers. With so many important festivals, this is probably the most important month in the festival calendar of Rajasthan.

Phalgun (February & March):

Elephant festival is an impressive event held every year in Jaipur and the Mahauts(Elephant trainers) exhibit great care to embellish the elephants by painting their trunks, foreheads, and feet with flowery motifs and decorating them from tusk to tail with appealing trinkets.

Brij festival is another important festival of Rajasthan held in the town of Bharatpur during which the villagers can be seen in multicolored attire singing and staging the Raslila (dance depicting the eternal love-story of Radha and Lord Krishna).

Chaitra (March & April):
Shitala Ashtami is a significant festival under this month and the local people pay homage to the goddess of small pox who is Sheetala Mata. The chief products that are sold during the fair are indigenous shoes, food items, agricultural implements and food. The other festivals celebrated during this festival are Gangaur Festival, Mewar Festival, Keladevi Fair and Mahaveerji Fair.

Shravan (July & August):
Teej festival is the major festival celebrated in this month in Jaipur and is meant for the married women and girls. During the festival a procession is carried out in Jaipur to commemorate the festival, where the idol of Teej bejeweled with jewelry and finery is the chief attraction.

Bhadra (August & September):
The Kajli festival is celebrated in this month in the town of Bundi. A procession of the Goddess is taken in a magnificently decorated golden palanquin from the beautiful Naval Sagar to the Azad Park. It passes through a number of main bazaars en-route escorted by elephants, camels, bands, performing artists and vibrantly dressed people. Ramdeora Fair is also another festival which is held in this month in the town of Jaisalmer.

Ashwin (September & October):
The Marwar festival takes place in Jodhpur city and is marked by wonderful folk performances by the local artists during the two-day gala festivities. Another festival held in this month is Dussehra Festival.

Kartik (November & December):
The most popular among all the festivals held in this month is the Pushkar fair. It takes place near the town of Ajmer and is organized by the Government of Rajasthan drawing owners of camels, horses, cows, goats and sheep who come with their herds for the purpose of trade. Men wear colorful turbans whereas the women are dressed in their colorful ankle-length skirts, adorned from head to toe with customary Rajasthani necklaces, waist bands, anklets and fascinating ivory bangles. The other important events in this month are Chandrabhaga Fair and Kolayat Fair.

The Pink City rejoices and celebrates the fairs and festivals with pomp and gaiety since time immemorial. These fairs and festivals reflect the rich culture and heritage of the region. Jaipur has a flair for celebrating every occasion.


ELEPHANT FESTIVAL - (March-April) 6 March, 2004, 25 March, 2005, 14 March, 2006, the elephant enthrall the spectators on the day of the Colourful festival of Holi at Chaugan stadium. Beautifully decorated elephants assemble for royal procession, Elephant polo match, races etc. & Rajasthan Folk music & dance performances are part of the festival. 

The sight of mighty jumbos striding majestically is a treat to watch. The mahavats or owners proudly decorate their elephants with bright colours, jhools (saddle cloth) and heavy jewellery. Female elephants are made to wear payals or anklets which tinkle as they walk. Prizes are given for the most beautifully decorated elephant. Even more exciting is the Polo match, the Elephant race, the tug-of-war between elephant and 19 men and women. The most colourful being the playing of Holi on Elephant back.


GANGAUR - (March-April) 4-5 April, 2003, 23-24 March, 2004, 11-12 April, 2005, 1-2 April, 2006, this festival is celebrated by the maidens and married women, and is dedicated to Gauri, the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A Colourful procession is taken out from Zanana Deodhi of the City Palace, passing through Tripolia Bazar, Gangauri Bazar, Chaugan and converging near Talkatora for two consecutive days.

Images of Isar & Gauri are made of clay for the festival. In some families, permanent wooden images are painted afresh every year by reputed painters called Matherans on the eve of the festival. A distinct difference between the idols of Teej and Gangaur is that the idol will have a canopy during the Teej festival while the Gangaur idol would not a canopy.

The ladies decorate their hands and feet by drawing design with Mehendi (myrtle Paste). The figures drawn range from the sun, Moon and the stars to simple flowers or geometrical designs.

TEEJ - (July-August) 12 August 2003, 19-20 August, 2004, 8-9 August, 2005, 28-29 July, 2006, festival marking the advent of monsoon, swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls sing songs of love and about the rain. The festival is dedicated to parvati, commemorating the day when she was united with Lord Shiva, A magnificent procession is taken out from City Palace, similar to the Gangaur procession, for two consecutive days.


MAKAR SANKRANTI - celebrated on the 14th of January, every year with traditional fervour, the devotees take a holy dip in the holy tank at Galtaji, it has now also become a kite flying festival, millions of colourful kites come on the sky of Jaipur on this day.


SHITLA ASHTAMI - (March-April) this festival is locally called as Basoda, is celebrated to ward off the dreaded disease of small pox. The most famous fair is held at the Shitla Mata temple in Chaksu (on the Jaipur Kota Road), people gather here to pray and celebrate.


DONKEY FAIR - (Khalkani Mata Mela) (October) the donkeys day at Looniyawas near Sanganer, Thousands of donkeys from all over north India are brought here for buying and selling. The donkey races and sports are organised for the merriment of people. A rare sight indeed.

Festivals Calendar

Fairs/Festivals Place 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Camel Festival Bikaner 6-7 Jan. 24-25 Jan. 13-14 Jan. 2-3 Jan. 21-22 Jan. 10-11 Jan. 31 Dec.
Alwar Festival Alwar 13-15 Feb. 11-13 Feb. 10-12 Feb. 9-11 Feb. 8-10 Feb. 13-15Feb. 12-14 Feb.
Nagaur Festival Nagaur 28-31 Jan.  15-18 Feb. 4-7 Feb. 25-28 Feb. 13-16 Feb. 2-5 Feb. 22-25 Jan.
Desert Festival Jaisalmer 4-6 Feb. 21-23 Feb 10-12 Feb. 31Jan- 2 Feb. 19-21 Feb. 7-9 Feb. 28-30 Feb.
Baneshwar Fair Baneshwar 1-5 Feb. 19-23 Feb. 8-12 Feb. 29 Jan-2Feb. 17-21 Feb. 5-9 Feb. 26-30 Jan.
Elephant Festival Jaipur 6 March 25 March 14 March 3 March 21 March 10 March  28 March
Gangaur Festival Jaipur 23-24 Mar. 11-12 April 1-2 April 21-22 Mar. 8-9 April 29-30 Mar. 18-19 Mar.
Mewar Festival Udaipur 23-24 Mar. 11-12 April 1-2 April 21-22 Mar. 8-9 April 29-30 Mar. 18-19 Mar.
Summer Festival Mt. Abu 2-4 May 21-23 May 11-13 May 30 April-2 May 18-20 May 7-9 May 26-28 May
Teej Festival Jaipur 19-20 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 28-29 July 15-16 Aug. 4-5 Aug. 24-25July 12-13 Aug.
Marwar Festival Jodhpur 26-27 Oct. 16-17 Oct. 6-7 Oct. 25-26 Oct. 13-14 Oct.. 3-4 Oct. 21-22 Oct.
Dussehra Festival Kota 20-22 Oct. 10-12Oct. 30Sept-2 Oct. 19-21 Oct. 7-9 Oct. 26-28 Sept. 15-17 Oct.
Pushkar Fair Pushkar, Ajmer 18-26 Nov. 8-15 Nov. 29 Oct.-5 Nov. 17-24 Nov. 5-13 Nov. 25Oct.-2 Nov. 13-21 Nov.
Chandraphaga Fair Jhalawar 25-27 Nov. 14-16 Nov. 4-6 Nov. 23-25Nov. 9-18 Nov. 1-3 Nov. 20-22 Nov.

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