Dhinga Gavar – Bizarre fun festival of Jodhpur

Jodhpur is a very colorful city known for its palaces, desert safaris and rich culture. It is also one of the most popular tourist hubs in Rajasthan and this awesome desert land is visited by thousands of people to spend their holidays between the royal splendors. Not only that International travelers gets to enjoy the camel ride and enjoy the awesome cuisine of Rajasthan. You can even witness the doting traditional festivals exclusive to the city.

You will be surprised to know that Jodhpur has a unique festival known as Dhinga Gavar. This is probably one of the most interesting and fun festivals throughout the country. In this one of its kind fun festival, women playfully beat men who are unmarried. The local people believe that during this festival, whenever a bachelor gets beaten by women who are fasting on that day, the bachelors will get married within a year. This colorful traditional festival has been practiced for many years and fill thrill everywhere. Dressed men and women, and music make the event vibrant. Come Jodhpur to soak in true ethnicity. This festival is a street play of groups. Women roam around the streets singing and dancing to songs and playfully beat men who come in their way. This festival is also known by the name Betmaar or Baintmaar in some regions.

Legend behind the festival

The word Dhinga means fun by deception, and it is believed that Lord Shiva once teased Parvati by dressing up as a cobbler, and she also appeared as a tribal woman to make fun of him. This festival begins the day after Holi and people worship Lord Shiva and Parvati on this day. Married women observe fast and pray for the well-being and long life of their husbands and unmarried women also observe fast and dress up in colorful costumes as Gods and roam around the city. It is believed that if they beat any unmarried man, he is likely to get married within a year. It is a way of getting blessings from unmarried women on this day. This festival lasts for 16 days and people assemble in large crowds in the streets. On the last day of the festival, a huge procession of Lord Shiva and Parvati is taken through the streets and people pray to them and sing bhajans and dance through the night.

The statue of Dhinga Gavar who is the folk deity is placed at the 11 important locations of the Jodhpur city. They are decorated in traditional Rajasthani costumes and several kilos of gold. Women sing and dance in front of the statues and have fun beating any men who come in their way. Yet another unique thing about this festival is the fact that women are given good prominence, and even widows take part in the festivals without any problem. This kind of festival is not to be seen usually in other parts of the country. In that sense, the Dhinga Gavar festival of Jodhpur is one of the most unique festivals in India.

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