Gangaur Puja

Gangaur Puja

Which god worship on the occasion ofGangaur Puja?

Gangaur comprises of two words, ‘Gana’ which means Lord Shiva and ‘Gaur’ which indicates Goddess Parvati or Gauri. So, on this puja, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parwati worship by the people.

What is the significance of the above occasion?

Gangaur puja has a great significance for the people, especially for the married women who pray for the good, long and healthy life of their life partners as well as for the other members of their family. With married women, unmarried girls also worship and pray for getting good life partners. Their wish is to get married to a man who is nice and prove a good life partner for them. This occasion is important for the unmarried girls as they have the chance of getting good blessings in the form of good husbands from Parvatiji as she is the synonym of Saubhagya and on this occasion puja of MaaParvati is done.

What are the things or material required for the worship of this puja?

Images made up of clay of Gauri and Isar, colourful clothes, jewellery made up of besan, water in a vessel, roli, rice, diya, agarbatti, cloth, coin, thread, Ghewar and Gune, silver ring, grains of wheat; 7 in no., fresh grass, flowers.

What is the vidhi (method) of worship?

First of all the images of Isar and Gauri decorated with beautiful clothes and jewellery kept on a clean place at garden, johadwhere puja will take place with lighted diyas and agarbatti. Then some drops of water are thrown on them, roli, rice, cloth, money, thread areput on them and ghewar and gunas are offered to them. Next with grasses and water, rhymes are recited and everyone touch the feet of their elders.

How to celebrate this occasion?

In Rajasthan, Gangaur is celebrated at a large scale by the people, especially women and unmarried girls with great devotion and fervour. Gangaur is celebrated on the event of Harvest, marital and spring fidelity.

In Jaipur, Ghewar is a sweet dish mainly prepared for this puja enjoyed by people. They eat and distribute the same to their friends and family members and other relatives. With this, in Jaipur, a procession starts from the ZananiDeodhi of City Palace, moves through various markets and ends at near byTalkatora. People from all over the city participate in this procession.

On Gangaur, women and unmarried girls apply mehandi on their hands, wear good dresses, accessories, apply some make up, overall they look very attractive and beautiful.

What are the timings to celebrate this puja or occasion in a year?

This puja or occasion starts from the next day of Holi, another Hindu festival i.e. on the first day of the Chaitra and it continues for the next 15 days. So, It is a festival whichis celebrated for 16 days and for 18 days by the newly married girls. It mainly comes in March or April.

In which parts of the country, this puja is considered as more important?

In Rajasthan and in some parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, this puja is celebrated and considered as important.

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