Discussion in 'Hindu Festivals' started by garry420, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member


    On the Chetr (march) 3rd, god siva gave a boon to parvati and who in turn to all married women, that their husbands should have long life, more than the wife. On this day, married women undertake a fast till mid day. Before the fast, they install an image of Renuka and Gauri. All adoration articles viz.. Glass bangles, vermilion, alta (the red lac solution to asore feet), turmeric, bindi (speck), comb, mirror, kajal (collyrium) are offered, after ritual worship with incense and sandal wood. Bhog ( a part of food offered to the image) is distributed. Then the story related to Guri is narrated. Then from the vermilion, offered to gauri, women fill it in their parted hair. Then after taking one meal in the day, the fast is completed. Gangaur offering is prohibited for men.

    Gauri legend: once siva and parvati accompanied by Narada came down to a village. The women of the village prepared sweets for them, but they took a longer time. The women of lower castes with their worship articles reached the divine couple before the women of higher castes could. Parvati pleased with their worship blessed all of them and distributed whole of the offering. Later higher caste ladies, fully adorned, reached the divinities, with their golden and silver discs. Seeing these women, siva asked, “ what will you give to these women”. Parvati said, “I will give something”. Then, when the high caste ladies paid their homage, Parvati made a cut in her finger and sprinkled blood on those women. They were all blessed.

    Gangauri: In the month of march, in the second lunar fortnight, the chief festival of Jaipur “Gangaur” is celebrated as a prime attraction. It is an auspicious occasion for women where the married women wish welfare and long life for their husbands and seek blessings of Gauri. The maidens on this occasion, invoake goddess gauri for a good and capable husband. This 18th day festival is dedicated to Parvati (gauri), the consort of siva. The Gangaur festival, just after the colourful Holi is indicated by the songs and the twinkling of dancing bells. Wooden images, dressed in colourful brides garments are made, who are worshipped day after day and then they are submerged in water in a nearby tank.

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