Celebrations of Teej in Jaipur

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Rajasthan, being a desert state, marks the outbreak of monsoon with hearty celebrations. One such important festival is Teej, which falls on the third day of the bright fortnight of the month of “Shrawan” (July-August).Though it is also known as “Shrawan” festival, the mythological legends dedicate it to Goddess Parvati and her undying love and complete devotion towards her husband, Lord Shiva. The divine couple is considered to be a symbol of an ideal marriage. It is believed that invoking Goddess Parvati’s blessings on this day, results in continued marital bliss. Therefore, Teej is primarily celebrated by women commemorating the reunion of Goddess Parvati with her husband, Lord Shiv.

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Teej Rituals

At the time of Teej, certain rituals and customs are followed by women so as to be blessed by Goddess Parvati. The various rituals include applying henna, adorning oneself, playing swings, observing a fast (without even consuming a sip of water!), worshipping Teej Mata (Goddess Parvati) and Vat-Vriksha (Banyan Tree), etc.

Teej Procession

A few days before the festival, idols of Goddess Parvati are beautifully bedecked with fine clothes and jewellery. This idol of Teej Mata is taken out in special processions where the idol of Goddess Parvati is kept on a palanquin covered with a canopy. Crowds of spectators and devotees come to view the procession. The procession includes singers, dancers, and folk artists following palanquin. Apart from this, there are caparisoned elephants, bullock carts, and chariots.

Teej-procession

Many tourists flock the princely state to be part of Teej celebrations. This year, on July22 and 23 the royal palanquins, chariots would starts from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium.

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(P.S.: Teej is literally a small insect that appears in the soil during the rainy season.)

Teej-bug

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A Great Sacrifice: Story of Panna Dhai

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In spite of a lineage rich in the respectability and the valor of Sisodias, Vikramaditya, who ascended the throne of Mewar was a very insolent and arrogant king. Many self-respecting nobles found his behavior intolerable and left Chittor never to return till Vikramaditya was on the throne.

King Vikramaditya

Rani Karnavati, Vikramaditya’s mother entrusted her maidservant- Panna “dhai”(nanny)- for upbringing of her sons- Vikramaditya and Uday Singh. She was also distressed by behavior of Vikramaditya and confided in Panna “dhai” her worries.

Invited by nobles to be the guardian of Vikramaditya, Banvir, exploited the situation to fulfill his own ambitions. He felt that there were only two obstacles between him and the throne-Vikramaditya and his brother, Uday Singh. He secretly conspired to kill both. After he had assassinated Vikramaditya, Banvir was spotted by a maidservant and seeing his crimson sword, she promptly informed Panna of the cruel deed and said that Banvir was now coming for Uday Singh.
Panna’s mind began racing. She had to save the only living heir to the throne of Mewar. She concealed Uday Singh in the basket and covered him with fruits and the future Maharana of the Mewar was smuggled out of the reach of Banvir. Panna placed her own sleeping son Chandan, on the bed of Uday Singh. When Banvir came, he unknowingly slew Chandan, thinking that it was Uday Singh sleeping in his bed.

Soon Panna, who could not even mourn for her son, was hurrying away from Chittor with Uday Singh in search of help from other chieftains. The Rao Asha Shah of Kumbhalgarh was ready to give them shelter. Four year passed and Uday Singh was married to a Rajput princess. Panna then contacted the Rajput chieftains and revealed to them the story of Uday Singh’s escape. The Rajput chieftain, on coming to know the truth, considered their duty to restore the throne to the rightful owner. They joined Uday Singh in the revolt against Banvir and in a battle fought near Maholi; Banvir’s entire army was routed.

At last Uday Singh returned to Chittor and was later crowned as the Maharana of Mewar. He was much indebted to Panna for her great sacrifice, yet Panna in the same Rajput tradition felt that it was her duty and all her sorrow was washed away on seeing Uday Singh on the throne.

A Rajasthani Saga of Love: Dhola-Maroo

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Rajasthan has a history full of brave men and honorable women. Honour, valour, chivalry, compassion are some of the major values of Rajasthani people. These values are propagated to younger generations through folklores in form of songs, dance and puppet shows.

Dhola-Maroo is an epic love saga of Rajasthani folk tales. Often represented in dance and song forms, this love story is as heart-wrenching as it is bewitching.

The story revolves around Dhola, prince of Narvar and Maroo, princess of Poogal. They were married in childhood, which was a common tradition in Rajasthan. With his father’s death, Dhola forgets about the marriage and remarries with another princess, Malwani. Maroo, on the other hand, waits for her prince. Many messages are sent to Dhola to remind him about his marriage to Maroo, but Malwani never allow any message to reach him.

The king of Poogal then sends a group of folk singers to Narvar by trickery and they succeed in reminding Dhola about his marriage to Maroo. Deeply regretting his mistake, Dhola overcomes the hurdles created by Malwani and Umar Sumar (who was keen to marry Maroo) and arrives at Poogal. He apologizes to Maroo and her parents and gets re-united with Maroo.

As Dhola and Maroo set on their journey back to Narvar, Maroo is bitten by a serpent. In grief, Dhola decides to set himself to fire. By divine intervention a group of saints hears to his wails and they bless Maroo with life through their magical powers.

Dhola-Maaru

Umar Sumar tries to kill Dhola again, but this time Dhola-Maroo escapes by riding on a wonderful flying camel gifted by the group of saints to them.

Overcoming all the difficulties, Dhola-Maroo finally reaches to their state of Narvar and receives a grand welcome from their people. Malwani also regrets her past actions and accepts Maroo as her sister.

The story of Dhola-Maroo praises the dedication and patience of Maroo, the valor of Dhola and their undying love for each other.

Shifting Trends of Jaipur City!

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Historical sights, culture, festivals, art forms, traditions, and the eclectic mix of people. Yes,  we are talking about Jaipur.But do you know apart from this side of the city the modern Jaipur continues to grow as new arcades, multiplexes, malls, gardens, hotels, industrial units, hospitals, flyovers are being laid out. All the major airlines are operating two & from Jaipur. It has shown distinguish progress infrastructurally.The cleaner and greener Jaipur has some beautiful roads with statues in stone and metal displayed at prominent places.

Jaipur has been home to industries such as gems, jewellery, and textiles but now it is getting ready for tech savvy sector like IT, BPO and KPO in a big way. It has also emerged as the most sought after destination for royal weddings, film, shoots, and international events.

Jaipur is a culturally vibrant city. Culture is what people do and how they are. The culture of Jaipur is well blended with tradition and modern. Jaipur show colors of Rajasthan culture at one hand and cosmopolitan in the other.

Hotel Royal Heritage Haveli cordially invites you to Jaipur to experience this rich culture of royal Rajasthan.  Royal Heritage Haveli is fully suited to help you meet the challenges of today, without missing the charm of a more gracious and elegant pace of life from a time gone by.

Allow us to introduce you to the traditional ethnicity as well as to the modern way of life of this beautiful city that resides in the culturally rich state called Rajasthan.

ROYAL HERITAGE HAVELI PARTICIPATING IN GITB 2012

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Royal Heritage Haveli welcomes all the delegates of “The Fifth Great Indian Travel Bazaar- 2012 “– an International tourism mart, to be held from April15 to 17, 2012 at B.M. Birla Convention Centre, Jaipur. Royal heritage Haveli is a participant in this show.

Great Indian Travel Bazaar is one of the biggest India’s leading exhibitions for the travel & tourism industry. It provides an annual opportunity for organizations from India and abroad to showcase their products and services to a large cross section of the travel trade and consumers across major markets in India. It is also a great platform for the tourists and travelers to explore the new arenas of resplendent Rajasthan and beyond.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit our stall in the exhibition, for we have some of the most exciting and exotic holiday options for you.

Catch you at the Exhibition!

For more details, you can contact us at the following address.

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Khatipura Tiraya, Jaipur, India 302012

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Statue Circle : For an enjoyable evening

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Jaipur is one of the most favorite tourists’ attractions in India. It a bustling capital city and a business centre with a unique combination of modern metropolis but yet flavored strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveler. Jaipur stills hold the charm and glamour of the yesteryears with its magnificent architecture and artifacts drawing thousands of travelers here. Statue Circle, Jaipur is one of the favorite tourists’ attractions here.

Statue Circle, Jaipur is well known traffic roundabout and a busy crossing here. The most remarkable thing about Statue Circle is that it is located in a very strategic location that half the town has to pass through it. It is known as Statue Circle because of the imposing and life – size statue of Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of modern day Jaipur holding staff and astrological diagrams, which occupies its heart. This statue is placed here in order to pay tribute to the great sovereign, builder and futurist of Jaipur.

The Statue Circle is a celebrated picnic spot here. This place is a favorite evening hangout for both the tourists and the denizens here. This place wears on a festive look in the evening with all the lighting and colorful fountains. You can really have a gala time here in the evenings. The colorful and bright ambience in the hub of the city will surely swing your mood. Don’t miss out the delicacies sold nearby. The spicy local delicacies and snacks offered by hawkers and ‘Meals on Wheels’ vendors is another charm of this place. It is also a pleasant and popular spot for jogging and dharnas .

Statue Circle, Jaipur is a part and parcel of the culture and history of Jaipur. So, don’t forget to drop in here.

To explore the city of Jaipur in a laid back manner, book your stay at Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur now !

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Albert Hall – Tourists cynosure !

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Jaipur the “pink city of India” houses lot of attractions for the tourists. Albert Hall, Jaipur is located in the Ram Niwas Garden. Albert Hall is a large and extensive garden housing a zoo, a greenhouse, an aviary, a museum and a sports ground.

Albert Hall, Jaipur is a must go for the tourists coming here. This magnificent building reflects the excellence of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Albert Hall has been modelled in accordance with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This exquisitely designed garden with forcentry doors and a vast complex with small pools and fountains, flourishing lawns and beautiful flower beds all around were named after Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria’s husband. The foundation stone was laid by Albert’s son the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) in 1876. Albert Hall basically drew the British families where they amused their guest. Albert Hall was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect who designed many palaces in Rajasthan.

Albert Hall has been changed into the Central Museum which proudly displays Rajasthan’s art and culture and outlines the Rajput morality with these lines: “A Rajput puts his life at risk if he is forced to abjure his faith, if he is deprived of his lands, and if his womenfolk are molested.” This hall houses an recherché collection of metal ware, decorative wares, portraits, sculptures, paintings, natural history specimen, an Egyptian mummy among various other objet d’ art. The costumes, pottery, brassware and woodwork reflect the village life of Rajasthan. You will get to see many beautiful and fascinating carpets including the magnificent Persian Garden Carpet, one of India’s finest art treasures in the Durbar Hall which is usually locked. The Persian Garden Carpet was made in Kerman, Persia in 1632 and represented the garden of paradise based on a quadrangular design. The garden has come alive with fish, birds, animals and trees. Sculptures include a tiny turbaned lady of the 2nd century BC, a stone Shiva head of the 8th century and 18th century wooden figures from a chariot of the former Banswara state. You will also get to see some specimens on display like a horse skeleton, a human skeleton, and a stuffed cobra in the museum.

Albert Hall has come to be associated with the pride of Rajasthan. Do visit this magnificent architecture. You will love it ♥

Plan your stay at Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur.

Royal Heritage Haveli

Khatipura Tiraya, Jaipur, India 302012

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Jaipur- The Rich City of Handicraft!

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Handicrafts of Jaipur, Rajasthan is an add-on of attractions of the state. Travelers and tourists love to see and purchase exquisite handicrafts while on Jaipur tours. Exquisite handicrafts of the city proudly depict the masterpiece creativity of the its people.
Jaipur is famous for number of handcrafted items

  • Textile:-Exquisite Rajasthani textiles (Bandhani or Bandhej textiles) are an excellent example of Rajasthani rich form. Tie and die techniques are used to make Bandhej textiles. Bandhej Kurtis, Bandhej sarees, etc are popular among people.
  • Handmade Jewellery: Handmade jewellery of Rajasthan are Rakhi, Bala, Bajuband, Gokhru, Timamyan, etc. Meenakari is one of the most popular jewellery works of Rajasthan.
  • Blue Pottery: Blue potteries of Jaipur is popular form of exquisite Rajasthani handicrafts. Jaipur is perhaps the most known place for blue pottery in Rajasthan.
  • Wooden Furniture:-  Exquisite motif and design works on wooden furniture are eye-catching. The most famous work on wooden furniture in Rajasthan is the latticework. You can purchase carved casket, screens, doors, chairs, tables, shelf, etc.
  • Jaipuri Quilts:- Jaipuri quilts are the most popular product among people. The specialty of Jaipuri quilts or Jaipur rajais is they are light and soft as feathers and more importantly they are of high quality. Available in many varieties like cotton block printed, velvet printed, etc.
  • Mojaris/Jutis:- Leather items from Jaipur are also popular. Particularly mojaris and jutis with beautiful embroidery work are loved among people. The pattern and design of embroidery varies from region to region. However, Jodhpur and Jaipur are the places known for beautiful mojaris and jutis.
  • Marble Crafts: The beautiful marble crafts of Jaipur are very popular. These consist of carved wall hangings, beautiful sculptures, statues of gods & goddesses, furniture & tabletops, flower vases, fireplaces, statues, etc in marble.
  • Leheriya :-Jaipur produces a huge variety of colorful leheriya sarees, from geometrical patterns, flowers in colours deliberately contrasted with the background colour. The lehriya is an entire line of cloth which is dyed in different colours. Lehriya sarees have been an all time fascination of women.
  • Rajasthan Paintings:- Rajasthani murals & frescoes, miniature paintings are add-on attractions of exquisite handicrafts of Rajasthan.

The List goes on with Textiles in Kantha work and embroidery, the earthen pottery, semi precious stone jewellery, laquer (Lac) bangles and jewellery etc.

With colors spread all over the town, the Jaipur markets can never be missed out. The stylish accessories, beautiful home decor material and interesting clothes would make your trip even more exciting. 

Already packed your bags ??? Welcome to Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur.

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Spring Festival Gangaur in Jaipur!

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Time of Celebration: March 25-26

Venue: In and around Rajasthan

Duration of Celebration: 16 Days


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gangaur is one of the most important and widely celebrated traditional festivals of Rajasthan. The word Gangaur is derived from two words ‘Gan‘ a synonym of Siva and ‘Gauri‘ of his consort Parvathi. The festival commences on the day following Holi and continues for about 2 weeks.

The festival is held in the honor of Gauri who is regarded as the symbol of virtue and fidelity and a mythological role model of married women. While married women worship Gauri for the welfare of their husband, the young unmarried girls worship her for being blessed with a spouse of their choice. The festival commences with the ritual of collecting ashes from the Holika Dahan (Holi Fire) and burying seeds of wheat and barley in it. Then the seeds are watered every day until the germination takes place. The ritual is performed with the songs praising Isar and Gauri and the carrying of painted water pots on women heads.

The ritual is performed with songs of Isar and Gauri (Shiva and Parvathi) and the varying of pots of water on the head. Women folks also make clay images of Gauri and Isar. On the evening of the seventh day after Holi, unmarried girls take out a parade with ghudlia (an earthen pot with holes around and a lamp inside) on their heads. On the way they are gifted presents such as sweets, ghee, oil and cash. The ritual continues for a fortnight till the conclusion of the Gangaur Festival. The festivity reaches to its peak during the last three days of the festival.

On the last day Colorful images of Gauri are taken out in procession accompanied by the camels, bullock carts, horses and elephants, decorated in traditional finery.

Songs are sung about the departure of Gauri to her husband’s house. The procession concludes with the girls breaking their pots and throwing all the consignment into a tank or a pond.

Apart from the enjoying this festival one can also witness several architectural masterpieces and picturesque places of tourist interest during their stay at Royal Heritage Haveli. Jaipur

Royal Heritage Haveli

Khatipura Tiraya, Jaipur, India 302012

Send us mail at – pradip@royalheritagehaveli.com,reservation@royalheritagehaveli.com

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