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Marwar Festival

The Marwar Festival, originally called the Maand Festival, named after the classical folk music of the region also known by the same name, is one of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan and brilliantly showcases the Marwar region’s music and dance. The festival is held for two days and centers on the folk music of the region. It effectively highlights the romance and lifestyle of the erstwhile kings and royalty of Rajasthan. The Marwar festival is held in Jodhpur on the full moon day of Sharad Poornima every year in the Hindu month of Ashwin which falls between September and October of the English calendar.

What the Marwar Festival Signifies

The theme of the Marwar festival is the soothing, catchy and rhythmic folk music of Marwar. Folk singers and folk dancers from the nearby region come to this hugely popular Jodhpur festival to entertain the large crowd which gathers religiously every year at the magnificent setting offered by the famous Mehrangarh Fort, the famed Mandore and the iconic Umaid Bhawan Palace.

About the Location

The Mehrangarh Fort sits atop a rock-strewn hill at a height of 125 meters from the ground. The city is surrounded by a gigantic wall that runs for a whole of 10 km and includes eight gates and umpteen bastions. The fortress city was once a leading trade center and has now emerged as the biggest city of Rajasthan.

The Great Music and Dance Extravaganza

The Marwar festival that honors the past heroes of Rajasthan is devoted to the region’s music and dance. It brings to life the celebrated folklores of the area who sing praises of the bygone heroes with absolute vibrancy. The dancers mesmerize the crowd with their brilliant moves even as they carry earthen pots on their heads and move to the rhythm of the songs sung by the singers. They even do some deft moves while standing on a sword, aptly capturing the gallantry that ruled the region.

Other Highlights of the Marwar Festival

These folk singers bring the festival to life with their rendition of the brave stories of the heroes of Marwar and Rajasthan of the past in true folk style. A wide mix of the various folk and dance forms of the region form part of the festival. The graceful movements and the brilliant choreography combined with the stunning acrobatics of the various dance forms make for great viewing and bring in the large number of people from all over the country every year. Even international tourists are attracted to the event because of its pomp and grandeur.

The crowds also relish other events that are synonymous with the festival such as horse polo, horse riding and other forms of competition. The camel tattoo show and camel polo are also integral part of the festival. Local artisans also get an opportunity to showcase their abilities and expertise during this popular festival.

The grand location of the Marwar festival adds to its splendor and brilliance. The place comes alive with the wonderful colors of the dancers’ attire and their vibrant movements. There is a delightful offering of authentic Rajasthani delicacies prepared and presented in true regal style at the many food stalls that adorn the place.

How to Reach Marwar Festival

By Air

Jodhpur is easily accessible by air from major cities of the country and also from cities like Jaipur and Udaipur directly.

By Road

Jodhpur is extremely well connected by road. Tourists can travel from Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer and other main cities of Rajasthan.

By Railways

There are direct trains to Jodhpur from Jaipur and Delhi and other important states of India.

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