Gangaur is colorful and one of the most important festivals of people of Rajasthan. This festival is dedicated to Lord Siva and his wife Parvati. “Gan” resembles Lord Shiva and “Gaur” resembles Goddess Gauri. The festival commences on the first day of the Hindu calendar month “Chaitra”.
Newlywed girls fast for 18 days which is considered the full process of the puja and have one meal at a day. Many unmarried girls also keep the fast in the belief of getting a good husband in their lives.
Women put Mehandi on their hands and feet and make delicious sweets like ghevar and distribute it among their friends and relatives. Ghevar, a sweet dish of Rajasthan is popularly shared with friends and relatives.
Gangaur is considered to be the best time of year to select a life partner. Men and women from different places get the opportunity to meet and interact. Many pick their partners and marry.
Gangaur is celebrated all over Rajasthan at the end of winter and the onset of spring most probably near holi. The Gangaur grand celebrations take place in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Nathdwara. In Udaipur, Gangaur coincides with the Mewar Festival.
On the final day of this festival, a procession with the image of Gauri commences from the Zanani-Deodhi of the city Palace.
This procession then passes through Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan stadium and finally converge near the Talkatora.