Gangaur Festival in North India, Gangaur Festival celebrations in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh. Gangaur Festival rituals and customs.
Gangaur Festival is the festival held in honour of Goddess Parvati to get the blessings of long life and wealth for the husbands . This festival is mainly celebrated by women during the month of Chaitra between March and April for a period of 18 days.
The festival begins on the first day of Chaitra masa which is the day after Holi and continues for the next 18 days. It marks the beginning of the spring season and the celebration of harvest and good family life. Gangaur is derived from Gan which represents Lord Shiva and Gaur represents Goddess Gauri or Parvati.
The Gangaur festival is famous in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. During this festival, women both married and unmarried fast during the day and eat only one meal at night. Gauri is made out of clay or wooden images of Gauri is used for worship.
It is also a celebration time for the ladies and apart from the ritualistic worship and fasting, they also indulge in decorating themselves with various designs of Mehndi. They also enjoy by singing various folk songs.
At the end of the festival, the images of Gauri is taken out in huge procession and immersed in a nearby water body like a lake or a pond or well.