Gangaur Festival, Jaipur

Gangaur is one of the most important and widely celebrated traditional festivals of Rajasthan. The word Gangaur is derived from two words Gan a synonym of Shiva and Gauri his consort, Parvati.
Gangaur Festival, Jaipur  
A festival devoted to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Ishar & Gangaur are the divine male and female who embody marital love. Dedicated to goddess Gauri (Parvati), the festival commences on Holi. Young girls pray for rooms of their choice while married women seek a long life for their husbands. The ladies decorate their hands and feet drawing designs with Mehendi (Myrtle Jaste).
On the evening of the 7th day after holi, unmarried girls go around singing songs of ghudlia (earthern pots with numerous holes all around with a lamp lit aside) carrying the pots on their hands. The women do these while chanting hymns to the Goddess.
Festivities continue for 18 days culminating with the arrival of Lord Shiva to escort his bride home. A grand process Ion with the ideal of Gauri in beautifully decorated gold and silver a palanquin caparisoned elephants, camels, horses, dances, drummers & joyous children, goes through the city streets.
The festival commences with the ritual of collecting ashes from Holika Dahan (Holi Fire) and planting seeds of wheat and barley in it. While women carry the painted water pots on their heads, songs praising the deities Isar and Gauri are sung.
Colorful idols of Gauri are taken out on the last day in a procession accompanied by camels, bullock carts, horses and elephants, decorated in traditional finery.
Gangaur Festival, Jaipur  
In Jaipur procession forms at the Palace Gate known as Tripolia and moves on the city streets on to Talkatora. A vast gathering of jaipurites & villagers from nearby areas witness the procession. A sweet dish called Ghewar characteristic of the Gangaur festival is distributed among friends & relatives.