Archana Jain being Bollywood movie Lover got more influenced by Rajasthani Culture after watching Padmaavat, Ram Leela, Jodha Akbar, etc. Her bucket list is listed with Cities like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur Etc.
India is full of cultures, traditions, and values so rich that we should be ever thankful to our forefathers and ancestors for such outstanding work. It is due to these traditions and cultures that we are still being unique and identified as one of the most dynamic countries in the world.
One such state in India that brings me immense pride is Rajasthan. Rajasthan is one of the western states of India and is literally translated as the Land of kingdoms. It had a lot of Rajput families that occupied the places of Rajasthan, which now have a history richer than any other historic place. It is also known for its Thar Desert and the forts. The Thar Desert is also called by the name of Great Indian Desert.
The Traditions of Rajasthan
Rajasthan has Hindus, Muslims, and Jains. Muslims and Jains are a minority, but the Rajasthani traditions have been taken from the ancient Indian way of life. There are different groups in Rajastha like Jats, who are mainly Hindus and Sikhs, and Meenas, who worship Lord Shiva, Krishna, and Durga Devi. If you ever happen to attend a Rajasthani or a Marwari wedding, do not miss it for the world. The whole vibe is eccentric and traditional, with the culture and traditions oozing out. Right from the attire to the jewelry, everything has to be traditional. You will fall in love with food, music, and dance. If you are in for any cultural or traditional festival, you will find that men wear dhotis, kurta, and safa or Pagar. You will find women wearing Ghaghra and Kaclhi with their choli covering their heads. It is marked as a sign of respect and not submission. There are again different kinds of turbans that are worn. You have Paggar in Mewar and Safa in Marwar.
Rajasthani Dance and Music
Every place in this world has its folk songs and dances. Ghoomar dance from Jodhpur and Kalbeliya dance from Jaisalmer have immense popularity internationally. Music and dance were often encouraged in Rajputana- Rajasthan. Folk music like Kathputli, Chang, and Tejaji are some of the examples of the rich and deep Rajasthani Folk culture. One of the famous personalities is Meera Bai, who sang bhajans for Lord Krishna. Bhajans are the devotional songs that are sung to praise the Lords. Musical instruments like Dholak, Sitar, and Sarangi are used and then sung.
As they say when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Likewise, when in Rajasthan, eat traditional food. Since this is a dry area, the cooking is quite inspired by the war lifestyles where there were fewer ingredients. Yet, their food is so tasty that you cannot resist having more. The food they make could last for several days, and they need not heat it again. Since they have water scarcity, their food can be devoid of fresh vegetables. Here are some of the most famous dishes you have to taste: Dal Bati Churma, Bhujia- Ratlami, Bikaneri variants, Lahsun ki Chutney, Pyaaz Kachori, Ghevar, Alwar ka Maawa, Bajre ki roti, Malpovas from Puskar and Mirchi Bada.
Rajasthan is a place where you can find everything. With globalization, people thought it would lose its rich traditional and cultural values. Still, it turned out that the people here held on to their traditions and cultures that even the upcoming generations can hold on to them. You can visit Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar, Alwar, Sikar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Chittaurgarh, and Mt. Abu. If not these places, you can visit the famous festivals that are hosted in Rajasthan every year. You have the lantern festival in Udaipur, the Pushkar Mela, and the Camel Festival.