Festivals

                                       Festivals

Name of festival

Descriptions

Sheetla Shaptami

Sheetala Saptami is the most popular festival of Bhilwara district and is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala. The festival is celebrated by local people and Goddess Sheetala is worshipped in the Sheetala Mata temple located in the district. The festival is celebrated on the 7th day of the dark fortnight in the months of Chaitra and Shravan according to the Hindu calendar.

Sheetala Mata is considered to be the Goddess of children. This festival is celebrated by mothers, who pray to the Goddess for the well-being of their children.

Rang Teras (Nahar Nritya)

Another famous festival of Bhilwara district is Rang Teras. The festival is celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight in Chaitra month. The festival is also known by the name of ‘Rang Trayodashi’. It is celebrated like the festival of “Holi” and is dedicated to the spirit of brotherhood among people.

Rang Teras is also celebrated in other states of the country like Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

On this festival, the farmers thank Mother Earth. Women observe fast and follow the associated rituals.

Gote mar holi

The people enjoy this festival with colors.

Navratra

Navratri is popular across all states of India. It is celebrated in Bhilwara with great zeal. Navratri is a Sanskrit word which means ‘Nine Nights’. During this period of nine nights, nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

Chaitra Navratri falls in the month of March-April, while Sharad Navatri in the months of September-October. The tenth day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra.

Gangaur

Gangaur is one of the oldest and the most important festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated in all the districts of the state with equal excitement. Gangaur literally means the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Married women pray to Goddess Parvati for the prosperity of their husbands and family while the unmarried women pray to get a good husband in future.

Gangaur festival is celebrated in the Chaitra Month (March) every year. According to the Hindu calendar, this month starts the New Year for Hindus. This month also marks the end of winter season and the beginning of summers.

Gangaur is an eighteen-day festival and is celebrated with full zeal and excitement by the local people.

 A juloos (procession) of Gangaur starts from the Zanani-Deodhi of the City Palace and goes to various parts of the city and concludes at a place near Talkatora. The juloos comprises of bullock carts, chariots, old palanquins etc.

Phooldol Mahotasav

Another festival in Bhilwara which carries a holy importance is the Phooldol Mahotsava. A fair is organised every year in Bhilwara which lasts for five days. The festival is celebrated after Holi at the famous Ramdwara temple.

The temple is located in the Shahpura region of the district and people from all over the State visit the place.