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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Highlights

  • Everything about the festival is just magical, be it the camel race, turban tying competition, traditional folk performances, puppeteers, colorful costumes and lots more
  • The festival is organized with a view to showcase the vibrant culture, glorious past and rich heritage of Rajasthan.

jaisalmer-desert-festivalThe internationally renowned desert festival of Jaisalmar is held every year in the month of February. The festival is organized with a view to showcase the vibrant culture, glorious past and rich heritage of Rajasthan.Everything about the festival is just magical, be it the camel race, turban tying competition, traditional folk performances, puppeteers, colorful costumes and lots more. The backdrop of themajestic Jaisalmar fort truly provides an unforgettable experience to cherish forever. This three dayextravaganza is full of never ending fun and enjoyment.
History behind the Celebration of Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Not many people are aware about the history or legend of the desert festival. However, it is believed that in the ancient times, Lord Krishna, ruler of Yadav community, once told Arjuna (one of the Pandavas) that a successor belonging from the Yadav community will set up his kingdom on the Trikuta Hill. In the year 1196, the prediction made by the Lord Krishna came true, when Rawal Jaiswal, a descendant of the Yadav clan, established his kingdom in Jaisalmer. Celebrations were organized throughout the kingdom, when the people came to know that the prophecy has come true. The celebrations soon developed into a festival that is now organized every year.
Celebrations and Events of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival
jaisalmer-desert-festival jaisalmer-desert-festival The vibrant color, dance, music, camel polo, cultural performances, scrumptious dishes and various exciting competitions certainly mesmerize the visitors. The stalls are filled with plenty of artifacts and gift items that can be purchased for the loved ones. Furthermore, many events are also held that not only captivate the attention of the tourists, but also tender a unique charm to the festival.
Dance and Songs by Folk Artists
For the music lovers, the festival is nothing less than a paradise for them as many well-known singers and musicians participate in the festival. The traditional dance performance of the city fills the tourists with utmost passion and excitement. The songs of the ghazal or Sufi singers are certainly a delight for the ears.
Camel Race
jaisalmer-desert-festival Another attraction of the festival is the camel race. The beautifully decorated camels are centre of attraction and people in large numbers participate in the race enthusiastically. It is also a matter of pride, especially for the camel owners to win the race and get the suitable reward.
Longest Moustache Competition
It is an event that sees participants from various nooks and corners of the city. The long moustaches of the people surprise the spectators. During the competition, men showcase their moustaches with great pride as they try their best to win the coveted longest moustache title.
Turban Tying Competition
The people really have a gala time during the turban tying competition when they try to tie the colorful turbans in short possible time. The person who ties the turban before the desired time is declared a winner.
Tug of War
It is an event that sees maximum number of participants. Here, a competition is held between the Indian people and foreign nationals (both men and women) where they are required to pull a rope and make a concentrated effort to drag another team over a central line.


martial arts

Kalaripayattu is the oldest existing martial art form, dating back more than 2000 years and said to be the forerunner of popularly known Chinese martial arts, as the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma took this knowledge from India to China.
The practice of Kalaripayattu is said to originate from the Dhanur Vedic texts encompassing all fighting arts and described by the Vishnu Purana as one of the eighteen traditional branches of knowledge. Kalaris are the schools where training in this martial art form is imparted by Gurukals or masters.
This martial art form is indigenous to the Southern Indian state of Kerala which, legend has it, was created by the warrior saint Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, by throwing his axe into the sea which receded till the point where it fell. Parasurama then established forty-two kalaris and taught twenty-one masters of these kalaris to protect the land he created.
Kalaripayattu is a traditional psycho-physiological discipline emanating from Kerala's unique mytho-historical heritage as well as a scientific system of physical culture training. The historical antecedents of this martial art form combines indigenous Dravidian systems of martial practice such as 'varma ati' or 'marma adi' with an influence of Aryan brahman culture which migrated southwards down the west coast of India into Kerala. There are two distinct traditions in Kalaripayattu-the Northern and the Southern schools.
In the Northern tradition the emphasis is laid on progressing from body exercises to combat with weapons and last of all to unarmed combat. In the Southern tradition the patron saint of Kalaripayattu is the sage Agastya whose strength and and powers of meditation are legendary. It is said that when the Lord Shiva married the Goddess Parvati at Kailasa in the North, all gods and goddesses went to attend the wedding and with this shift in weight the world tilted, so much so, that Agastya was sent to the South to restore the balance.
Lord Rama, legend has it, was mentored by Agastya to acquire the weapons, which defeated the demon king Ravana. In the southern tradition the emphasis is primarily on footwork, movement and the ability to strike at vital points or 'marmas' in the opponents body of which 108 points are considered lethally vulnerable.
Kalaripayattu training is given free to every student. Those who are interested must first register, and then places will be issued according to availability. Spiritual Guidance can be received through Satsangs on Thursday evenings, or by personal appointment with our Guru. There is no charge, but appointments must be made in advance.

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