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                                                                               Marwar festival,Jodhpur
Introduction of Marwar Festival

The most important festival of Jodhpur is the Jodhpur Marwar Festival. Marwar Festival of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was initially known as the Maand Festival. The festival takes place in the month of Ashwin. Ashwin is a Hindu month between September-October. The Festival is celebrated every year in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. The Marwar festival takes place during the full moon of Sharad Poornima. It goes on for two days.

The key attraction of this festival is the folk music focusing on the romantic way of life of Rajasthan's rulers. The main theme of this festival is the music and dance of the Marwar region. The folk singers and dancers gather at the festival and perform lively entertainment. These folk artists give others a glance into the days of past, of battles and of the heroes who still live on through their songs.
 

The camel tattoo polo and show are the other prominent attractions of the festival. The venue of this festival includes the prominent Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mandore.

To experience Jodhpur art and culture at its best the right place to be is at the Marwar festival held every year in the month of October.This festival was previously known as the Maand festival and is held for two days during the full moon of Sharad Purnima. This festival is dedicated entirely to the folk dance and music of Marwar The Marwar festival is one of the exclusive festivals of Rajasthan where you can get a taste of the bygone era of royalty. The music which one gets to hear here is one which is centered on the chivalrous and romantic lifestyle of the Rajput rulers.

To celebrate the spirit of Jodhpur art and culture the artists and visitors assemble at the Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan which are perfect and everlasting places to hold the festival. For two days the majestic palace and forts are gripped with animated and colorful activities refreshing the entire city of Jodhpur. Folk artists gear up in full spirit to perform at the major festival of the year to showcase their talent. At the festival one can also be a part of horse riding and view camel tattooing as well as the royal sport of polo. The food stalls offer the visitor a treat of real Rajasthani food at the festival. The Marwar festival is a wonderful place to be at to get a feel of the royal lifestyle of the romantic Rajput rulers.
 

Attractions of the Marwar Festival of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India

The main highlight of the Marwar Festival of Rajasthan is the classical folk music that is sung by various traditional musicians and local artists centered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. The Main theme of this Marwar festival of Rajasthan is the music and dance of the Marwar region of Rajasthan. The music is typical Rajasthani style and speaks about the passionate and adventurous way of life of the rulers of Rajasthan. The Marwar festival of Rajasthan is also known as Maand festival of Rajasthan as the music is known as Maand.

The folk dancers and singers gather at the festival and provide lively amusement. The dancers make the whole environment lively by presenting good-looking folk dances that are limited to the state of Rajasthan. They present some of the most courageous and difficult dances that never fail to charm audience

The attractions of the festival include horse riding and horse polo. Various other competitions are also held during the festival, The camel tattoo show and polo is among the main attractions at the festival. There are also story telling events where the stories of deadly battles and brave heroes are told. The festival of Rajasthan is held in the honor of the brave heroes of Rajasthan who had lain down their lives for the safety of their homeland. The Marwar Festival of Rajasthan is highly rated and attended by people from all the state as the honor, and chivalry forms an integral part of the Rajasthani culture. The Marwar Festival of Rajasthan is a bonus for many tourists and visitors coming to Jodhpur of Rajasthan and there is no doubt that they will enjoy every bit of the fun fiesta.

Celebrated during the months of September-October, the Marwar Festival in Jodhpur of Rajasthan is devoted to the folk heroes of Rajasthan. The whole city of Jodhpur of Rajasthan comes alive with lively celebrations of the Marwar Festival in Rajasthan. The period of Marwar festival of Rajasthan is of two days and is celebrated with much elaboration in Rajasthan.

You can see them balancing seven to nine pots on their heads and dancing elegantly while balancing themselves on the edge of a sword! The bygone times and days of the past are wonderfully presented and one truly feels as though they have been transported through time. The spirited folk dancers assembled here, perform with zest and entertain the audience with Rajasthani folklore. These folk artists bring to life the myth and legends of the area and sing songs in memory of the brave heroes.

The Marwar Festival of Rajasthan is also held with great elaboration at Mandore located just 8 km on the outer edge of Jodhpur of Rajasthan. Mandore of Rajasthan has traditionally been the capital of Marwar and is a place of enormous historical significance of Rajasthan. Mandore's most significant landmark is the Hall of Heroes. Sixteen enormous figures carved out of a single rock depicting popular Hindu and folk deities stand there in bright colors and are very well maintained. Needless to say, during the Marwar festival of Rajasthan, this charming Marwar support springs to life with exciting colors and the work of the folk music and dance which are essential ingredients of the festival of Rajasthan.
 

Activities

The enormous Mehrangarh fort and the remarkable Umaid Bhawan Palace which are symbols of might and bravery of the Rajputs, make Jodhpur an ideal location for the Marwar festival.

It was initially known as the 'Maand Festival', a traditional style of folk music based on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. The festival is takes place 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 enthusiasm and amuse the audience with Rajasthani folklore.
 

History

Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was built in the year 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be successors of Rama - the epic hero of Ramayana. The enormous 15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort appears 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. A major trade centre of the 16th century A.D. the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the 2nd largest city of Rajasthan.
 

Other Attractions at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India

While the stylish palaces of Rajasthan, forts and temples of Rajasthan scattered throughout the city bring alive the historic splendor, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur of Rajasthan is famous for Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada of Rajasthan, Umaid Bhawan Palace of Rajasthan, Balsamand Lake and Gardens and many more.
 

Location and Transport of Marwar Festival of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India

Jodhpur By Air
Jodhpur of Rajasthan is well linked to all the major cities which include Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jaipur of Rajasthan, and Udaipur of Rajasthan.

Jodhpur By Bus
Rajasthan Roadways run very relaxed deluxe & air conditioned buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Jodhpur of Rajasthan. The roads are very good, and it takes around 8-9 hrs from Jodhpur of Rajasthan. You can also come by taxi. The bus stand is right outside the Rai ka Bagh Station.

Jodhpur By Train
Jodhpur of Rajasthan is on the Broad Gauge and hence linked to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from Jaipur of Rajasthan, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata. Jodhpur of Rajasthan has two railway stations; City and Rai ka Bagh both are outside the walled city.
 

Distance of important cities from Jodhpur

Jaipur of Rajasthan: 345 Km
Jaisalmer of Rajasthan: 290 kms
Mount Abu of Rajasthan: 265 kms
Udaipur of Rajasthan: 270 kms
Ajmer of Rajasthan: 200 kms
Agra of Uttar Pradesh: 570 kms.
Bikaner of Rajasthan: 245 kms
Delhi: 602 kms
 

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