Gangaur is especially important to maidens and married women. Women worship images of Gauri (a form of the Goddess Parvati) inside their homes just after Holi, praying for marital happiness and prosperity (maidens pray for a good husband). They sing devotional songs and dance to the accompaniment of musical instruments for sixteen days. The Royal House of Jaipur maintains the age-old tradition of worshipping Gauri. Although traditionally celebrated inside the Zenana, visitors are given a glimpse of the festivities at the Sarvato Bhadra. The festival is called Gangaur because Gan or Shiva is celebrated by association.


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