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Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2024, Maru Mahotsav will Start Soon

Utkarsh Classes 20-02-2024
Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2024, Maru Mahotsav will Start Soon Rajasthan 4 min read

The Jaisalmer Desert Festival, also called Maru Mahotsav, is a famous event in the Golden City of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. 

  • It is scheduled to start from February 22 to 24, 2024, at Pokhran village and is being hosted by the Rajasthan Tourism Department in collaboration with the Jaisalmer District Administration.

About Desert festival

The annual event starts with a vibrant procession and features Miss and Mister Pokhran contests. Regional folk dances such as Kalbelia, Kachhi Ghodi, and Gair will be performed. 

The history behind Desert Festival

  • The origin story of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival has been passed down for generations and is quite interesting.
  • According to local legends, Lord Krishna once predicted that a future leader from the Yadav community would establish a kingdom on the Trikuta Hill. Centuries later, in 1196, Rawal Jaiswal, believed to be a descendant of the Yadav community, founded the kingdom of Jaisalmer.
  • To celebrate this incredible event, the people of Jaisalmer began organizing special events and festivities throughout the kingdom. 
  • When the news spread that an ancient prediction had come true, these joyful celebrations became a beloved tradition. Today, this tradition continues with the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, which is held every February.

Significance of the Desert Festival

  • The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is of great significance due to its historical and cultural importance. During this festival, the people of Jaisalmer and surrounding regions come together to celebrate their unique way of life. The festival is a vibrant combination of cultural shows, art, music, dance, and food that showcase the diverse and rich culture of Rajasthan.

Activities 

  • The festival is an occasion for the locals to take pride in their cultural heritage and share it with the rest of the world.
  • For visitors, it presents an opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of colour, music, and tradition that is unlike anything they've experienced before. 
  • The festival's significance lies in its ability to bring people from different backgrounds together to appreciate the magic of the desert. The festival highlights include puppet shows, acrobatics, camel tattoo displays, camel races, camel polo, traditional processions, camel-mounted bands, folk dances, and more.

FAQ

Answer: Jaisalmer

Answer: Maru Mahotsav

Answer: Jaisalmair

Answer: Rajasthan Tourism Department
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