Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jaipur warms up for Gangaur festival

Preparations for Gangaur are well underway in the Indian city of Jaipur, as the Hindu festival begins on Wednesday (April 6th), giving culture vultures one more reason to book flights to India.

The festival is one of the most important in the Hindu calendar for inhabitants of the Rajasthan region and celebrations include colourful processions and joyful music.

Gangaur commemorates the goddess of purity and patron of unmarried girls, Gauri, who underwent extreme penance before marrying Lord Shiva.

The goddess is depicted in brightly decorated images, which form the centrepiece of lively processions.

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