Extending the spirit of Gangaur festival celebrated in Jaipur, Udaipur puts up an eye-pleasing version of the festival to welcome the vibrant, fruitful spring season. The festival brings celebration during the month of March-April and also marks the fasting for Goddess Parvati observed by married women and young girls to pray for long life and well being of their husbands or to find a perfect partner, much like Lord Shiva himself.
The Venice of the East, Udaipur, is a place known for its beautiful palaces (now converted into heritage hotel), Lake Palace and a charming history to boast of. The city is all soaked up in vibrant colours during the festival and forms a visual treat for the locals and the tourists a like.
The festival has women putting on the best of their clothes and jewelry and put mehndi (Henna) on their hands and feet while attending the procession. The markets are decorated beautifully with all the colours and lightings. The idols of Lord Vishnu and Gangaur are decorated and carried in the procession until it concludes at the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. Folk song and dance routine is performed and women carry strings of pot on their head.
Once the procession reaches the Pichhola Lake, all the women transfer the idols they were carrying to the boats which are specially put there for the idols. It is a humbling sight to watch hundreds of boats in the lake carrying decorated idols amidst the festivities.
Post the procession, the following day is more about celebrating it in the spirit of folk songs and galore. The local artists belt out performances throughout the day that make for a relaxed and highly enjoyable session.