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                                                                               Summer festival, Mount Abu
Introduction of Summer Festival

The summer festival of Mt. Abu of Rajasthan is held every year during Buddha Poornima in the month of May or June The Summer festival of Rajasthan celebrates the affection and joyfulness of the people of hill station, their colorful life and cheerful nature, who welcome the tourist from the depth of their hearts. Mount Abu of Rajasthan is a major pilgrim tourist center situated near Udaipur in south-west of the state of Rajasthan in India and also happens to be the only Hill Station of Rajasthan. This good-looking heaven comes alive with festivities every summer in the Hindu month of Aashadh (May June). The steep rocks, tranquil lakes, picturesque locations and the enjoyable climate of Mount Abu of Rajasthan make it a perfect location for the Summer festival of Rajasthan. The festival of Rajasthan goes on for three-day and showcases the traditions, culture and the tribal life of Rajasthan. The hospitality of the people, their colorful culture and interesting location made this festival a unforgettable experience.
 

Major Attractions of Summer Festival

Folk dances and a general atmosphere of cheerfulness prevail in this tiny hill resort and the tourists have sufficient time to relax and enjoy. The Summer festival of Rajasthan is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan. Some of the prominent attractions of the Summer Festival of Rajasthan are dance forms like the ballads, Gair, Ghoomar and Daph folk dances, which attract the viewers with their grace and variety. The hospitality of the people, their dynamic traditions and interesting location make this Summer festival an unforgettable experience during your visit to Mount Abu.

Summer festival of Rajasthan starts with a traditional parade, which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and assemble at the Nakki Lake Chowk, in this procession folk performances are performed from artists of Rajasthan and Gujarat. During the 3 days, at the end of the festival, there is an exhibition of amazing fire works.  This three day colourful festival is arranged by the Rajasthan Tourism, Municipal Board, Mt. Abu & District Administration. Summer festival of Rajasthan is one of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.

 

Festivities of the Summer Festival of Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India

Summer festival of Rajasthan state Mount Abu commences with the singing of a narrative song which is followed by folk dances which enthrall the spectators. On the Nakki Lake exciting boat race are conducted that adds range to the festival of Rajasthan. Rowing Competition is also held at Nakki Lake which is very popular among the people of Mount Abu due to the myth associated with the Nakki Lake according to which it is thought that the Gods formed the lake-bed by digging it with their fingernails (called nakh in Hindi language) hence the name Nakki Lake.

The second and third day of the Summer festival of Rajasthan is more beautiful as a range of competitions are conducted for the full day. Skating Race, skater's Show, CRPF Band Show, Boat Race, Horse Race, Tug of War, Panihari Matka Race and Deepdan add more eagerness to the Summer festival of Rajasthan.

Festivities start from the morning hours so its a good idea to take a cup of tea and a seat at one of the sidewalk cafes for breakfast as these talented locals entertain the morning crowd. Around lunchtime teams of locals and tourists contribute in boat races along the marvelous Nakki Lake.

As evening approaches the outdoor Sham-e-Qawwali Indian music show takes over the town center. The well-known Qawwals or professional singers come to perform here from all over the state and fascinate the audience with their singing. The grand finale of the summer festival of Mount Abu of Rajasthan is a show of amazing fireworks which draws the attention of the tourists.
 

History and Legends of Mount Abu

The history of Mount Abu of Rajasthan is as varied as the city itself. It act as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region and once it was a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan. After that, it was leased by the British government, from the then Maharaja of Sirohi, for use as the headquarters of the resident to Rajputana (another name for Rajasthan).

It was the favorite summer destination of the British during the British rule in India, who came here to escape the dusty, dry heat of the plains mainly Rajasthan. It also served as a sanatorium for the troops. The small huts and cottages here tell stories of those times even today.

Mount Abu was the home of many saints and sages in the old days. Legend has it that all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain. It is also the place where the great saint Vashishth lived and performed a yagna (sacrificial worship on a fire pit) to create four Agnikula (four clans of fire) to save the earth from demons. The yagna was supposed to have been performed near a natural spring, which come out from a rock shaped like a cow's head.

According to another myth, once sage Vashishth's cow Nandini was trapped in a deep gorge and could not free herself. The sage request Lord Shiva for help. The Lord sent Saraswati, the marvelous stream, to help flood the gorge so that the cow could float up. Vashishth then decided to make sure that such mishaps did not occur in future. He asked the youngest son of Himalaya, the king of mountains to fill the break permanently. This he did with the help of Arbud, the mighty snake. This spot came to be known as Mount Arbud and was later changed to its present form - Mount Abu.

This place is held in worship by Jains as well since Jain scriptures record that Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankar (spiritual leader), also visited Mount Abu of Rajasthan and blessed the city.
 

Tourist Attractions of Mount Abu

There are a lot of sites to visit in and around this small city of Mount Abu of Rajasthan. In addition to a hill station, Mount Abu of Rajasthan is also regarded as an significant pilgrimage site, with the Dilwara Jain temples of Rajasthan, ashrams of saints and a few Hindu temples within its boundaries. Few of the sites that would make the trip to this place very enjoyable are the landscapes, mountains and the holy Nakki Lake.
 

How to Reach There

Mount Abu is the only Hill Station of Rajasthan situated near Udaipur in South West of the state of Rajasthan in India. Udaipur of Rajasthan (185 kms) is the nearest airport to Mount Abu. Abu Road (29 kms) is the nearest railway station. Taxis and buses are available from both the airport and the railway station. There is also a good network of bus services linking Mount Abu of Rajasthan to significant places like Ahmedabad, Udaipur of Rajasthan, Jodhpur of Rajasthan, and Jaipur of Rajasthan.

By Rail
The railway station at Abu Road of Rajasthan is a two-hour drive from Mount Abu of Rajasthan and is well-connected to the rest of the country through a number of trains. It is a major stoppage for a number of important long-distance trains of the Western and Northern Railways.

By Road
Mount Abu of Rajasthan is well-connected by roads, as it is in close closeness to National Highway No 8 and 14. A small roadway connects the city to National Highway no 8, which in turn connects it to major cities like Jodhpur of Rajasthan and Delhi. There is also a good network of roads making it accessible to other significant places in the state. With good road conditions you can also travel by private car / taxi.

By Air
Udaipur of Rajasthan is the nearest airport to Mount Abu, 185 km away. Tourists can simply select for a variety of road transport facilities available at the airport for reaching Mount Abu of Rajasthan. A number of domestic airlines have their scheduled flight to Udaipur of Rajasthan, which connect the city of Rajasthan to the major cities in the country.
 

Facts of Summer Festival of Mount Abu
Location: Mount Abu, Rajasthan.
Significance: Devoted to the tribal culture and folk music and dances.
Time of Celebration: For three days in Aashadh (according to the Hindu calendar), which usually falls in May or June.
Highlights: Rajasthan folk music and dance, boat race on the Nakki Lake, Sham-e-Qawwali (a musical extravaganza) and dazzling fireworks.
 
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