Unique traditions and festivals of Jodhpur

This article gives information about some unique traditions and festivals of Jodhpur, which are observed and celebrated exclusively in and around Jodhpur district. People of the city are engaged in some festival or the other round the year and my this post gives a glimpse of the different unique festivals and traditions they enjoy.

Jodhpur, second largest city of Rajasthan, which is also known as Suncity and Blue city, has its own unique set of traditions and culture that gives the city a distinctive place in Rajasthan. Perhaps that's why Jodhpur is called the cultural capital of Rajasthan.

Tourists, foreign as well as domestic, can have a glimpse and be a part of many festivals and fairs of Jodhpur almost any time around the year because the festivities are part of people's life here. The fairs and religious processions are organized here throughout the year, especially on the auspicious occasions like Navratra. Few notable examples are Hariyali Amavasya, Veerpuri, Nag Panchami, Sheetala Ashtami, Akha Teej, Baba Ramdeo's Mela, Ram Nawami, Aanwala Ekadashi, Nirjala Ekadashi, Dhinga Gavar, Goga Nawami, Bachh Baaras & Oobh Chhath etc. Dhinga Gavar & Sheetala Mata's Mela has concluded last month only while Hariyali Amavasya is celebrated in the month of Sawan as per Hindu calendar. There is a fixed venue for it - Umaid garden, popularly known as Public Park in Jodhpur. The well-dressed ladies, along with their kids, spend the whole day in the park enjoying on their own. A picnic like event, Hariyali Amavasya celebration consists of folk songs, tales etc. Kids also have their share of fun as they enjoy different rides and eatables on different stalls.

Another very important fair of Jodhpur is Veerpuri ka Mela, which is celebrated at Mandore Garden on last Monday of Sawan. The importance of this fair can be gauged from the fact that once there was a time when Railways used to arrange special shuttle trains from Jodhpur Junction to Mandore via Raika bagh & Mahamandir stations for this particular day. However, since last more than three decades, this service has been discontinued mainly due to the availability of other easy modes of transport. Veerpuri has an equal importance as Rakhi in Jodhpur since it is also a festival exclusively for brothers and sisters. Another fair organized in Mandore is that on Naag Panchami which is celebrated every year during Bhadon as per Hindu calendar.

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