Mewar Festival Udaipur
Mewar region is located in the royal city of Udaipur in the Rajasthan state and once, a Rajput kingdom, it certainly has the remaining touches of the noble grandeur. The city beams with life at the time of the famous Mewar Festival, which, though, predominantly celebrated in the Udaipur city, leaves quite a buoyant mark on the entire state populace. The festivities began during the time of the Hindu month, Chaitra i.e. March- April and it is primarily a harbinger of the spring season in the region.
The festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm and grandiosity to welcome the pleasant breeze of spring into the city life and co-incidentally it comes in unison with the much known festival of Gangaur. The local people as well as the thousands of tourists visiting the place have a gala time at the event, cheerfully astounded by the grand feast of the Rajasthani tradition and its rich cultural heritage. This three day long affair has an exclusive charisma about it and sets a sprightly aura with the numerous folk music, dance, cultural shows, devotional songs, processions, a dazzling display of fireworks and other fun filled sports and cultural activities
Mewar festival is one perfect occasion for the women to flaunt their costumes and jewelry. Also they put mehandi on their hands and feet. Starting with the ceremonies, the women gather to dress up the idols of Lord Vishnu and Gangaur, his consort, which they had been crafting from the past days. It is said that Gaugaur is the goddess of marital happiness and conjugal bliss. The married women pray to the goddess for marital bliss and good health of their husbands whereas, the single girls pray for an earnest match of their choice.
After this, the women carry the idols on their head for a religious and ceremonial procession to different parts of the city. Women are seen singing and dancing to cheer and encourage the participants. Local artists are also seen performing. The procession concludes at the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. The women transfer the idols to special boats. The scene is really eye-catching to see these hundreds of special boats carrying the idol, flowing in the lake. Once the ceremonies end, the second session starts wherein one can encounter some of the best cultural performances. These cultural events reveal the typical Rajasthani culture through singing, dancing and drama.