Pink City is one of the best-planned cities of India. Jaipur was coloured in terracotta pink in 1876 to welcome Prince Albert and thus got the name 'Pink city'. Apart from the astonishing architectural structures, the city is also famous for its rituals, traditions, and festivals.
A number of festivals are celebrated here with gusto at different times of the year, which include JLF, Jaipur Elephant Festival, Teej, Gangaur, Diwali, Holi, etc. Of all the fairs and festivals, the festival of colours is the most loved and celebrated in an effervescent manner.
The Holika bonfire and Holi symbolize the celebration of the victory of good over evil. On the auspicious day of Holi, people colour each other with Gulal. Holi is a day to forget the past grievances and celebrate the warmth and new beginning.
Why is Holi Celebrated?
Legends believe that there was a demon named Hirnayakashyap who was disappointed with his son Prahlad for worshipping Lord Vishnu so, he tried every way to kill his own son but each time he was saved by the God himself. Lastly, Holika tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her as she had a boon whereas Prahlad did not. As the fire increased, the cover flew from Holika and covered Prahlad and Holika burnt. Then, the Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha - half human and half lion, at dusk, took Hiranyakashyap at a doorstep, placed him on his lap and then exenterated and killed the king.
How Jaipur celebrates Holi?
Jaipur Elephant Festival
It is a festival celebrated every year at Jaipur Chogan Stadium at the time of Holi festival where people swarm to celebrate with verve and fervour. This festival commences with a fabulous procession of decorated elephants, camels, and folk dancers. The striking feature of this fair is that female elephant take part in this festival. The elephant keepers decorate their elephants from head to toe with vivacious colours, Bejewelled Jhools, and heavy jewellery. The one that is most attractive to the audience wins the 'Best Decorated Elephant' title.
Govind Devji Temple
Flower Holi is followed by Gulal during the Phagotsav at Govind Dev Ji Temple and offers a marvellous performance of dance and music. Artists dance and portray the bliss of Holi with flower petals at various cultural performances disguised as Lord Krishna, Radha, and Gopis. The festival ends with the Kalash Yatra.
Yes, Pushkar is one of those places in India where people are drenched in the colours and dance in the flow. It is just a two-hour drive from Jaipur to Pushkar. Hence, it is best if you plan your stay at the 4-star hotels in Jaipur city and have a relaxed evening in your room after a hectic day in store.
So, let your heart drool and jump away to the streets for a memorable experience of Holi!!