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Gangaur festival

Gangaur festival

Image Id: INPA02041411

Photo Credit: Indian Photo Agency (InPA)

Photographer: Lila Sah

Photo Location: Siliguri, West Bengal, India

Created Date: 2014-04-02

2nd, April, 2014, Siliguri- Indian Women celebrate Gangaur festival at Siliguri, West Bengal, India on April 02, 2014. Festival is celebrated in reverence to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. It derives its name from the word “Gan” and “Gaur” the former is another name for Shiv while the latter is used to address Parvati. The festival is held in the month of “Chaitra” as per the Hindu calendar. The festival ritual commence the day after Holi. The festival celebrates the union of Shiva and Parvati which gives young girls and boys an occasion to interact with each other. It is an elaborate occasion and there are several rituals associated with it. These rituals include, Apart from these rituals, newly married women fast for the whole eighteen days of the festival and even unmarried women fast and eat only one meal a day in the hope to find a good husband. During this festival in Jaipur, a popular sweet dish called 'Ghewar' is distributed between families, relatives and friends. Photo Credit: Indian Photo Agency (InPA)