State of Rajasthan Local Customs

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    Silk painting
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    Lovely ladies in Udaipur
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State of Rajasthan Local Customs

  • Famous dance of Rajasthan: Kalbelia...

    Kalbelia dance is a folk dance of Rajasthan state of India. It is well known by other names like ‘Sapera Dance’ or ‘Snake Charmer Dance’. Kalbelia dance is particularly performed by a Rajasthani tribe called ‘Kalbelia’. The popularity of this dance is so much world wide that Rajasthan’s Kalbelia dance and songs are now in UNESCO’s representative...

  • Bhartrihari Temple (Sariska) Alwar

    Bhartrihari temple is located 30 kilometers from the Alwar very close to the Sariska National Park.The Bhartrihari temple also has a lot of historical significance. It is believed that Bhartrihari Baba, the ruler of Ujjain left the place in order to become a saint. He is believed to have magical powers of healing and curing. This belied attracts a...

  • Diwali festival/Light Festival

    Diwali one of the major Hindu festivals, it is celebrated to commemorate the victory of god over the evil, when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and rescued his wife Sita from his custody.The main festival day falls on the no-moon day of the dark half of Kartik, according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Celebrated with vigor and gaiety by people of every...

  • Ramdav Temple Pokran

    A wonderful pilgrim centre which symbolises national unity and communal harmony as devotees of all religions come here to pay homage. The majestic Shri Ramdev temple at Ramdevra, Runicha, 13 kms from Pokram in Jaisalmer district, houses the shrine of Ramdev. He is believed to have been incarnated on earth for the benefit of humanity and was born in...

  • Kolayat Lake Bikaner

    Kolayat is situated 50 km from Bikaner on Jaisalmer road.A large number of people come to Kolayat to redeem themselves by taking holy dips in the Kolayat lake throughout the year, but it is considered very auspicious to take a dip on Kartik Poornima. The lakeside is dotted with temples. Ghats named after these temples allow privacy to the pilgrims,...

  • Ganesha/Ganesa, God for Good Luck &...

    Elephant-headed Hindu god, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.He is also in Jainism, and he is important in the art and Methology of Buddhist Asia. As the remover of obstacles, Ganesha is invoked when beginning worship or starting any newventure.He has four hands, elephant's...

  • Camel Fair Pushkar 13 to 21 Nov 2010

    The famous Pushkar Fair is a great tourist attraction. People from around the globe come to the ancient religious town of Pushkar which is transformed into a spectacular fair ground in the month of Kartik. People bathe, worship and delight in the dazzling wares of roadside stalls. Camels are bought, sold, beautified, raced and parade. Most unusual...

  • A bit about the Hindu Caste system

    After a pleasant desert trip, I was invited to a few drinks by Vijay, the owner of the tour company. His friend, a Brahmin (caste), joined us for dinner, but refused to drink. Vijay is a Rajput (caste), thus he can eat meat and drink alcohol. Even to this day, India is still defined by its casts. Just look at the personal ads of the news papers....

  • Crossing the railroad tracks, Indian...

    Somewhere on my walk through Bikaner, I came across a railroad track crossroad with the "do not cross" barrier down. Funny, cause there was no train coming and so the locals where crossing under the bar, even those in mopeds and motorcycles where doing it. I looked both ways and followed suit. As I was going so a local explained to me that the...

  • Satis

    I first came across this term while visiting the Mekeragarh Fort in Jodhpur. As I walked past the Loha Gate, I noticed the handprints of 36 royal satis (31 on one side and 5 on the other side). The wives of the Maharayas performed this sacred act upon the death of their husbands. They will literally jump into the funeral pyre of their husbands and...

  • Rajput attire and the differences of the...

    It is a good a time as any to describe the infamous male Rajput attire. They wear quite modest and simple white pants and shirts. What give them away are their beautiful colorful turbans wrapped around their heads. Unlike the Sikhs, who wrap their turbans inwards, the Rajput wrap them outwards denoting the many designs and colors. Traditionally,...

  • Indians are Curious Folks

    Indians are very curious and friendly. At times they can seem intrusive as they inadvertently interrogate you. They will usually bombard you with questions: Where are you from? What's your name? What do you do? (I usually tell them I’m a student to avoid the next question) How much do you earn? First time in India? How long? Take a pic? etc etc...

  • Eunochs

    Eunochs traditionally lack full use of their reproductive organs. Some even have both male and female parts. Others chop off their genitalia as they renounce their male identity. While riding across Diu, we came across two Eunochs. They were wearing special Saris and long adorned hair. Eunochs have lived in India for thousands of years and have...

  • Indian Showers

    Let me tell you about an Indian bathroom. They don't like showers, but do like modern plumbing. You get a bucket and a big cup. You fill up the bucket and then use the cup to pure water on yourself. It is amazing how one bucket is more then enough to wash yourself!!!

  • Jain Gurus

    As I visited the old town center at Bundi, I noticed a Jain guru was ending his pilgrimage at the local Jain temple nearby. If you thought Catholic priests had it hard, well think again. The Jain gurus live a rather strict life. They start up like you and me. Once they get a call to follow their path they begin to strictly adhere to the Jain...

  • Jain Temples and their exquisite...

    Jain carvings, usually made out of marble, are among the more exquisite carvings in India. The Jain Temples are quite impressive with their many erotica scenes on the outside and the more reserved god inside. Their main god, Mahavir, usually has gems or crystals for eyes. The idol itself can be found in white or black jade/marble. At times, it also...

  • Steps to follow when you visit a Jain...

    There are a few measures for visitors of course. Camera wise, you are not allow to take pics of their god, Mahavir, which sits on a meditative gaze similar, but not the same, as the Buddha. No leather items nor shoes are allowed into the temple. Tourists are allowed to take their shoes on the way to the temple, but must remove them on top (most...

  • Jainism

    The Jain are proud ppl who follow and adhere to their strict religion. Similar to Buddhism, Jainism started as a reform movement of the Brahmanic Hindu religious believes of the 6th century BC. Mahavis, the great hero, was the father of this religion. He was 35 years older then the Buddha and even lived in the same border region of India and Nepal....

  • Stray Dogs in India

    Another animal trivia, what's up with India's dogs? There are thousands of them out on the streets with no set owner, but a clear set territory. Most work in packs devouring whatever food they can scavenge. In some cities, they have even become a nuisance. Walking down the streets of Bikaner, I came across a dozen or so stray dogs as it is usually...

  • Would there be meat in India?

    With the entire animal assortment one sees in the streets you would expect to find good non-veg restaurants everywhere, no? Wrong, there are hardly any decent non-veg restaurants in India. Why? Well, for religious and historic reasons. Many Hindus, Buddhists, and Jain don't eat any animals. Muslims do eat animals, but they don’t eat pork. Most...

  • Holly Cow

    One of the first thing any visitor in India notices is that cows are everywhere. There are holly and sacred to the Hindus. I vividly recall seeing a young guy distributing crackers to the cows as a person from back home would do so to the pigeons in the park. It amazed me nonetheless. Cows may very well rule the road and do bring traffic to a...

  • Rajasthani outfit

    This outfit are typical of Rajasthani, they always use it when they have festival, such a diwali and etc. They always dance and sing during the festival, and that celebration could take a days or a week. As a model is my mother, she likes an Indian outfit !

  • Hospitality/Festivals of Rajasthan

    Rajasthan, is a colourful desert. The unconvincing Thar Desert and with it all the barren land of Rajasthan has much to offer through the plethora of celebrations. Festivals and fairs, music and dances, turns the land to a creative fertile basin. Season heralded with a festive fervour and cattle marts turn into delightful fairs. Festivals hold an...

  • Camel Festival

    Camel Festival, Bikaner (January): An enchanting desert city which comes alive with music and dance. It is fast gaining popularity as the visitor finds an opportunity to see some unusual folk performances, camel, race camel dance etc. here.

  • Pushkar Fair

    Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (November): The well-known and marked with largest participation of all the festivals of Rajasthan, Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions, music and sports are highlight of this event. Recommended.

  • Marwar Festival

    Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October): A festival devoted mainly to the music and dance of the Marwar region. This is a festival that allows the visitor to understand and enjoy the folk traditions of this part of the state.

  • Dussehra Festival

    Dussehra Festival, Kota (October): Dussehra means the Tenth Day, being the 10th day of the bright half of Ashvin. This day is also known as Vijayadashmi, or the Victory Tenth, because of the victory of Ram over Ravana.

  • Teej Festival

    Teej Festival, Jaipur (July-August): A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Women dressed in bright colors and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a women's festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.

  • Summer Festival

    Summer Festival, Mt.Abu (June): Organized in the only hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest place at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and the tourist has ample time to relax and enjoy himself.

  • Urs Ajmer Sharif

    Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar): Held in the memory of the revered Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, it is an occasion for thousands of believers to congregate at the shrine and offer their prayers. All of Ajmer seems to take on a festive air and several programmes are organized to mark the festivals.

  • Elephant Festival

    Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March-April): A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colors. A show is organized with the elephants turning out in their best finery.

  • Baneshwar Fair

    Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (Jan-Feb.): A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of tribals from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva.

  • Desert Festival

    Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb.): One of the most popular of all festivals it is a journey into the heart of the desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer that has a charm of its own. A true show on the sands which attracts even the much traveled visitor. Highly recommended. Be there.

  • Kite Festival

    Kite Festival (held on 14th Jan of every year): A festival with a difference - as kites take to the sky all over Rajasthan. In the evening, kites with lights in them and fireworks brighten the skies above. The main celebrations are in Jaipur and Jodhpur. If you like kite flying, you should be here.

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