Mewar Festival, Udaipur

Mewar Festival is the festival of spring or Rituraj, king of seasons.
Udaipur with its tranquil lakes, surrounded by the breathtaking Aravalli hills, narrow meandering roads and lanes is the ideal location for the festival.
Celebrated during the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April), the two day festivity is marked by a joyous mood which pervades the environs of Udaipur.
Mewar Festival, Udaipur  
This festival is dedicated to Gauri, a manifestation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva and symbol of conjugal bliss & marital happiness. During the festival, the delightful culture of Rajasthan comes in to full view through songs, dances, devotional music and firework displays.
In days of yore, men had to go out for long periods of time to attend to their professions and Gangaur was an occasion when married women were re-united with their husbands. Songs based on a wifes anxiety while waiting for her husbands return are sung. Also sung are the songs which relate to the annoyance of a husband over the absence of his wife who is busy in the festivity.
Women make various ornaments out of gram flour for decorating the images of Isar and Gauri. Evenings are cploured with Gangaur processions. Groups of women dressed in hues of scarlet, yellow, green and purple can be seen carrying images to the Gangaur Ghat of Lake Pichhola.

The highlight of the festival is a grand boat procession which starts from the famous Lake Palace and ends at the Gangaur Ghat of Lake Pichhola.
A Sobha Yatra is taken out through the main streets of the city. Elephants, camels horses and folk artists participate in this rally. Folk musicians and dancers enthrall the tourists with their performance.
A Fancy dress competition for foreign couples dressed in Rajasthani costumes is a big draw for participants and spectators alike.