The Marwar Festival

- October 10, 2020


Illustration: Ritoparna Hazra

Every year, during the two full moon days of Sharad Poornima sometime in the months of September and October, the Marwar festival of Jodhpur commemorates the sacrifices and legacies of Rajasthan’s great heroes and rulers. Places like the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mandore come alive with performances by local folk dancers and singers, dressed in colourful traditional Rajasthani attire. The festival also features other cultural events like the unique camel tattoo show, turban tying competitions and polo matches, as well as displays of some of the finest Rajasthani handicrafts and artefacts. This year, the festival will be celebrated on October 12th and 13th.

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Chennamma of Keladi

There was great consternation in the court of Keladi, when the king married a commoner but Chennamma was born to be a queen. She challenged stereotypes, mastered archery and riding, took over as ruler after the death of the king, and even marched out at the head of her army to battle the invaders.

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