The locations of the grand festival are the Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Both these historical buildings in Rajasthan are integral parts of the history of Jodhpur. Marwar Festival in Rajasthan is generally held in the month of October. This name was derived from the folk music that portrays the romantic lifestyle of the Rajputs.
History of the Marwar Festival
This festival was at first known as the Maand Festival in which the word ‘Maand’ means a kind of folk music which emphasizes the romance and civility of the rulers of the region. Particularly dedicated to the heroes of Rajasthan means the Rajputs, the Marwar Festival recalls their system of conduct, which was the defining trait of the Rajputs. The Rajput clan made a name for themselves for being praiseworthy as well as highly intelligent. This festival aims to raise similar characteristics in the newer generation by relaying history and culture in their folk songs and folk dances. These dancers who recount Rajasthani folklore are dressed in costumes sole to this state.
Celebration of the Marwar Festival
The fortress city of Jodhpur is illuminated with lights during the Marwar Festival. Both the forts are majestically decorated. Every care is taken to recreate the glory of the by-gone days. Folk singers and dancers from the region gather here to display their talents. Festivals like these are instrumental introducing the travelers, both national and international, to the rich cultural heritage of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Interestingly lots of people gather at the fort and the palace to enjoy the performances. As the festival begins the open skies reverberate with the enthralling music.
The classical performances that take place are of the Marwar region. This is the probable reason why it is called the Marwar Festival. The dances and songs are based on myths and legends. Other than these several competitions and sports, such as horse polo and horse riding are also arranged for. The full moon of Sharad Purnima adds to the charm of Marwar Festival, Rajasthan.