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Ode to a Rajasthani Folk Legend: Tejaji

Today is celebrated as the Tejaji festival across rural Rajasthan, and everybody in the village where Savista is situated is looking forward to the procession this evening which will commemorate the life of this folk hero. Savista’s staff took off early from work. They will cook a festive dinner for their families which they will […]

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Spring at Savista and the Spring Festival of Holi in Jaipur

    The winter just gone by at Savista was what we might call a ‘normal’ one, i.e. temperatures were as expected.   Throughout the season our gardens remained green and lush, and the fields around us a verdant green-yellow with wheat, mustard and garden peas.  The days were cool, and the nights cold.  The sky at sunset was a palette of […]

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Festivals of Rajasthan: Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi – the festival in adoration of Ganesha – was celebrated all overIndiaon September 1.    The elephant-headed Ganesha is revered as the god of auspicious beginnings.  His representation –   an outsized elephant head that sits on a human body consisting of a huge round belly, four arms , and two legs – could mystify […]

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Eid Ul Fitr

On August 30th., Muslims in Jaipur celebrate with Muslims across the world, the conclusion of the thirty days of the fasting month of Ramadan.  It is an Eid (festivity), and because it marks the end of Ramadan, it is called Ramadan Eid.   Its more classical name is Eid Ul Fitr, a celebration of Fitr (the […]

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Festivals of Rajasthan: Krishna Janmashtami

Today is one of the most important and loved festivals of the Hindu calendar – the birth of Lord Krishna.  On this 8th. day (ashtami) after the full moon in the month of Shravan, at the stroke of midnight, the birth (janma) of Krishna is heralded in homes and temples across the country with the […]

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Festivals of Rajasthan: Teej in the Pink City

The fesitval of Sawan Teej starts tomorrow! Teej is a celebration of the beginning of the Hindu holy month of Sravan. Sravan is celebrated throughout India under many different names, but the celebration is most extraordinary in Jaipur and is known as Teej. Starting from the Tripolia Gate of the City Palace and ending at Chaugun […]

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