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Colours of Rajasthan

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‘रंगीलो म्हारो राजस्थान’ (My colourful Rajasthan), that’s what we say here. It is truly one of the most colourful, vibrant and tourist friendly states in India. It is distinctly known for its culture, history, forts, food, hospitality and lot more. Despite being a Rajasthani, I always found it very fascinating to travel to interiors of the state. Every time you will find something new and interesting. Here are some captures from one such visit-

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All images here are from a trip to Shekhawati region, precisely from Churu & Sikar districts. Bangles women here wear normally are made of lac or lakh (लाख). Lac bangles are although a big sector in the state, but a lot of work is also done in the household set-ups like this one. Very interesting to watch, and what a precision these hands require!

Villages economies are still very much labour-intensive, and people of all ages enjoy their share of labour in the household. Besides there are many family occupations, which are finding it tough to change hands and pass the baton to the next generation!

Patriarchy will take time to leave, more so from the villages, which still follow the age-old social traditions, like these veils (घूंघट). When in public, some rules are the must for the women folk (sic).

A community gathering

A community gathering

What to hide!

What to hide!

See the difference- two addresses by the two community leaders in public-

And a same community leader in and out (in the centre, in second image), who is in-charge of a tourist guesthouse facility to promote rural tourism-

Villagers still have their beliefs and mechanisms (यंत्र) to call the rain, like this one (would you believe that?)-

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Studs like this are popular but for the ones on the higher social strata-

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Most colourful are the nights when the traditional dance and music flows, a Kalbeliya (कालबेलिया) dance and a melancholy sound of this Ravanhatha (रावणहत्था) are so charming-

 

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18 thoughts on “Colours of Rajasthan”

  1. arv! says:

    Great post that brings out essence of this region.

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot dear, still this is a very minuscule part of vibrancy Rajasthan actually has.

      1. arv! says:

        True. quite a lot diversity

  2. Rupali says:

    Nice captures.

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot, Rupali.

  3. LOVE the vibrance! 🙂

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Yes indeed worth it! Thanks.

  4. Great pictures and post appropriately titled … the colors are amazing!

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot for the nice words!

  5. Rashminotes says:

    Very nice pics; truly reflects the spirit of this state!

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks Rashmi!

  6. veenu sharma says:

    India is so beautiful!! young folks, start exploring it now, if you don want to regret like me!! plan your vacations. India has so much to see and appreciate.

    1. swamiupendra says:

      That’s very much true Veenu. India is worth exploring at every step.

  7. Very interesting post. You’re truly lucky to belong to the state. During my visit to Shekhawati, managed to see the havelis, but didn’t find the time to see activities like bangle making etc. Thanks for sharing

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot Vibha. Rajasthan will enthral you every time, when you are here.

  8. Nice blog. Also check our posts on Rajasthan at https://10tips.in/category/india/rajasthan/

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot Koel!

  9. Nice blog, it shows the real culture of the Rajasthan, very true and heart touching pictures collection it is. These type of activity and the culture you didn’t found any other place.

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