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Three-day Gangaur festival concludes in Jaipur
Three-day Gangaur Utsav, celebrated under the auspice Rajasthan Tourism Department in Jaipur, concluded on April 3. This colourful festival in Jaipur, which is famous all over the world, was attended by both Indian and foreign tourists in good number.

A colourful procession was taken out from the city palace with bands and folk dances of Rajasthan. A large number of women participated in the festival with great fervour and devotion who worshipped Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva.

This year, the procession, with the image of Gauri, started from the Zanani-Deodhi of the City Palace and passed through Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan stadium and finally converges at the Talkatora which was renovated and lake was full of water with the boats plying around.

However, elephants were not included in the procession this. People from all walks of life thronged the procession route with great fervour.

During this season Navratri and Gangaur Utsav, the local sweet dish called a ghewar is being sold like hot cakes. During Navratri, local people buy ghewar to eat and distribute it among their friends and relatives to strengthen the social bonds.

Gangaur festival is also celebrated in the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The festival symbolizes marital bliss for women by worship of Goddess Parvati.

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