Jodhpur (earlier known as Marwar) is not only one of the two metropolitan cities in the state of Rajasthan but stands bright with its history of bravery, courage and heroism. The city was found back in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, Chief of Rathore tribes who are the supposed descendants of Lord Rama. The city is known for its architecture reflecting the epic battles the city has been a witness to.
Marwar Festival, which was initially known as Maand Festival is all about celebrating the valour and bravery of Marwar heroes via the art of folk songs and dance. The festival spans over two days and is a prime source of entertainment to locals as well as tourists visiting the city from across the world. The festival takes place during the full moon of Sharad Poornima in the Hindu month, Ashwin (September-October).
The majestic Mehrangarh Fort is changed to a big stage where a string of scintillating performances takes place. Local artists perform songs and dance routine painting a picture of epic battles and the loyalty, intelligence, strength and stupor of Marwar heroes with sheer brilliance. Other attractions include camel tattoo show, polo games, magic shows, puppet shows to name a few.
The festival is also celebrated in Mandore, a town at a short distance of 8 kms from Jodhpur. Here, a particular highlight is the famous Hall of Heroes which holds around 16 figures of popular deities from Hinduism and folk tradition, all carved out of a single rock. The deities are painted in bright colours and are one of the major all-time attractions for tourists.