MARWAR FESTIVAL JODHPUR - RAJASTHAN
Start Date : 17th October 2013
End Date : 18th October, 2013
Venue : Jodhpur
Country : India
Category : Fair & Festivals In India
About Marwar Festival Jodhpur
The Marwar Festival is celebrated in the Sun City of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. A two days long event, it takes place in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October), during the full moon of Sharad Poornima. The Marwar Festival of Jodhpur is mainly dedicated to the folk heroes of Rajasthan. Also known as the Maand Festival, it revolves around the lifestyle of the rulers of Rajasthan. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mandore play as the perfect host to this festival.
Jodhpur Marwar Festival brings to the forefront the folk music and folk dance of the Marwar region. Folk dancers carrying pots on their heads as well as the folk singers keep you enchanted with their performances. The days of yore, of battles and valiant heroes appear to be standing still in time. Infact, it seems as if one has gone back to the royal bygone era of the state and is reliving it. The camel tattoo show and camel polo are some of the other attractions at the Marwar Festival of Rajasthan.
The Marwar Festival Held in October in Jodhpur, this annual event attempts to showcase the art and culture of the Jodhpur region. It is devoted almost exclusively to songs and dance, and the Maand Festival has become a part of this huge regional celebration.
The massive Mehrangarh fort and the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace which are symbols of might and valour of the Rajputs, make Jodhpur an ideal location for the festival. It was originally known as the 'Maand Festival', a classical style of folk music centred on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. The festival is held for two days during the full moon of Sharad Purnima.
The Marwar festival displays the music and dance of the Marwar region. The spirited folk dancers gathered here, perform with zest and entertain the audience with Rajasthani folklore. These folk artistes bring to life the myth and legends of the area and sing songs in memory of the brave heroes. Other attractions of the festival include horse riding and horse polo. Various other competitions are also held during the festival.
Once the capital of the Marwar state , it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of Ramayana.The massive 15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. A major trade centre of the 16th century A.D. the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan.
The concept of valor and courage is woven intricately in almost every historical epic of a country. The harshness of the so called fighters is part of their personality. You can not just put this toughness and rawness away from these fighters. Their stamina to endure any given situation is remarkable and thus is their tales that endures and survives the long history, which is so easy to just fade away in the sheen of the coming future. These wars and the one who fought these wars have set a milestone to create the grand history and celebrating these heroic tales is sometimes an extension of realizing the worth and the richness of the past. And my witness to such event - Marwar Festival - brought me closer to the historical past.
Jodhpur performs well by staging the die-hard courage of the hero's of the land - Rajputs, which mean the sons of royal houses. The vintage is still not out of fashion as being a Rajput in Rajasthan still makes them synonym to courage and bravery. They still hold the good old pride in being a royal blood, though the King and Queens are no more as rulers in India, but enjoy the entire honor given to them from the common man (aam janta). The Marwar is the part of Rajasthan that jive with the heroic saga as the rest of the state and visiting Jodhpur (supposed to be the head office during ancient times) during winter is the best and its better if visited in month of September-October, then you sure can be a part of the two- day Marwar Festival. Visiting Jodhpur can be exhausting in terms of variant of places it offers you to visit.
The humongous fort is an apt place to enjoy the beauty of the city, which tries to replicate the blueness of the sky in itself. And marking the Marwar festival, which is organized in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan, is dedicated to the music and dance of this Marwar region. Bringing to life the legendary folklores of the area, the folk artists do all the justice in it. Hearing to the folk musicians singing praises of the bygone heroes may not be completely understood but the fierce intensity can be strongly felt in these songs. Being an audience to the buoyant and spirited performers of the folk dances can make you go gaga over it. Watching the folk dancers, who accurately balance the earthen pots on their heads and also even dancing to the rhythm of the songs sung by the singers, and also the dancing, while standing on a sword fairly gives the idea about, how the valor rules the land.
The typical Kalbeliya dance has made a mark internationally and you can check it out here in its own land and with the true Indian spirit. Other attractions of the festival, to make it a hit among the tourist clan are horse riding, horse polo and camel tattoo show. Various other competitions are also held during the festival.
The festival is one of the perfect events where it's a great fun to take a look closely at the rustic rural life of the people and the venue of this live entertainment takes place generally in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore and Mehrangarh Fort, which are hot places to be visited in the list of a traveler if in Jodhpur. I am sure if you visit Suncity (Jodhpur) it will become a memorable for a life time as it's has been for me. True spirit of bravery and that's the true spirit of India.
Places to see
Jodhpur is famous for Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Balsamand Lake and Gardens and many more.