Story of Gangaur of Bundi
Bundi residents have been following the tradition for 300 years
A big accident is related to Gangaur festival in Bundi
Bundi. Gangaur festival, especially celebrated by women in Rajasthan, has great importance in the Indian culture which is full of festivals. But after the accident during the Gangaur ceremony in the then Princely State of Bundi of Rajasthan, about three hundred years ago, Gangaur Puja has remained confined to homes only. After that accident, Gangaur’s public ride is not taken out till date in Bundi. Even today, the residents of Bundi do not take a public ride to Gangaur remembering that incident.
The festival of Gangaur was celebrated with great enthusiasm during the princely period in Bundi, known as Chhoti Kashi, situated at the foothills of the Aravalli mountain range. According to historians, in the 17th century, at the time of the then Maharaja Buddha Singh, the Gangaur ceremony was being organized in the Jaitsagar lake. Meanwhile, an intoxicated elephant overturned the boat carrying Gangaur. During this incident Jodh Singh, brother of Maharaj Buddha Singh and many other members of the royal family were killed. Since then, Gangaur festival became an obstacle in the princely state of Bundi and it was celebrated only in a limited scope.
Another legend is associated with the Gangaur ceremony.
That aunt is discharged here even today. Gangaur festival is not celebrated publicly here even today. Unmarried girls and married women worship them every year for 16 days by making earthen Isar and Gangaur in their homes. Later on Gangaur immerses them in the pond at night. There is another legend about Bundi’s Gangaur. According to him, Maharaj Harraj Singh of Shergarh snatched Gangaur after defeating Rao Raja Napa of Bundi in the 13th century. After a few years, Napa’s son Hammaji defeated Maharaj Harraj Singh of Shergarh in a war and brought him back to Gangaur.
No one has the answer to when the ceremony will start again
According to historian Rajkumar Dadhich, along with this he also took away his queen. After that, the tradition of celebrating the Gangaur festival started till the 17th century till the incident happened in Jaitsagar lake. Dadhich tells that unmarried girls and married women worship them for 16 days by making earthen Ishtar and Gangaur in their homes. During this, unmarried girls pray for a good husband from Shiva Parvati in the form of Ishtar Gangaur, while married women pray for the long life of their husbands. However, after the accident during the Gangaur ceremony in the 17th century, Gangaur’s ride is not taken out publicly in Bundi. No one has the answer to when this ceremony will start again.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 25, 2023