Read about the Culture of Rajasthan that makes it one of the most tourist-oriented states in India:
- Attithi Devo Bhavo
- Folk Music And Dance
- Food and Cuisine of Rajasthan
- Camels and Camel Festivities
- Birth & Death Customs
- Traditional Dresses of Rajasthan
1. Attithi Devo Bhavo'Attithi Devo bhavo' means to treat your guests like as you would treat God. This principle is a part of the Rajasthani Culture. They treat their guests well and make them want to visit again. Most of the people in Rajasthan are involved in tourism-related jobs and hence take this principle very seriously as they earn their revenue due to the tourists and have pledged to serve them. A popular folk song 'Padharo Mhare Desh' literary means 'Welcome to my country'. Rajasthan Hospitality is famous all over the world.
2. Folk Music And Dance
3. Food and Cuisine of Rajasthan
4. ArchitectureThe architectural style in Rajasthan is as diverse as its people. You get to evidence some of the exemplary sites of Islamic, Hindu, colonial and even modern architecture. Rajasthan should be your next place to visit if you are a lover of architecture and appreciate monumental buildings, heritage sites and different styles of design. The Jain temple in Ranakpur was built in the 15th century. The style of architecture is M'ru-Gurjara Architecture (styles that include various structures and shapes). It is a western Indian architecture style with various domes and carvings on the pillars and the ceilings.
The Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur is an architecture of Beaux-Arts style along with a blend of eastern and western architectural styles in spite of being built by Maharaja Jai sign II, a Hindu ruler. Jaisalmer Fort and Golden Fort were built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. The fort contains several gates, Jain temples and Havelis and is included as a world heritage site by UNESCO. There are only a few examples of architectural sites that Rajasthan holds. Other sites include memorials, forts, heritage hotels, etc. The Pink City of Jaipur has been named the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.
5. ReligionsThere has been a strong influence of religion on Rajasthan. Most residents of Rajasthan are Hindus (mainly Vaishnavas), Muslims, and Jains. There are various temples that are important pilgrim sites like the Lodrakar and Ranakpur Jain Temple, Jagdish temple, etc.
6. HandicraftsIf you visit Rajasthan, be sure to reserve a few hours or even a day for shopping. You will find beautiful carpets, garments, jewellery and more, that are all made by the local people. Any leather item is usually camel leather - they use it making journals, shoes and bags. The carpets are made from the hand-knitting techniques and much like Persian carpets; they have a geometric design and borders. There are also many miniature items made out of red sand or clay as toys for kids or decoration pieces with bells attached to it. You may also find safah or pagri (traditional headwear) in most of the shops that you may bring back as a memory from the place.
Shopping in Rajasthan is very reasonable and is an opportunity not to be missed. Antiques are a whole different thing. If you like to collect antiques, there are various sellers in Rajasthan. However, do some research on which sellers are authorised so that you are aware of where you can purchase them. Most antiques are things that were the possessions of the kings.
If you love viewing different antiques, do not worry, as you definitely will not be disappointed. There are various museums in Rajasthan with an astounding collection of antiques.
7. Camels and Camel FestivitiesCamels are commonly found animals in Rajasthan. Camels are desert animals that are meant to survive conditions of scarcity of water, extreme winds, heat and cold due to their biology. Most camps in Rajasthan will include camel rides, and you will get to experience how well the camels can travel in deserts due to their long footed legs. Camel fairs take place every year in Bikaner, Pushkar and other regions. It is a festival or celebration of sorts dedicated to the ship of the desert and their owners. There are various events and competitions carried out for fun like camel race and camel dance. These festivals are usually held for two days.
8. Birth & Death Customs
9. Traditional Dresses of RajasthanThe women wear sarees with the 'odhni' covering their head as a sign of respect. The men wear dhotis and kurtas with a headgear called pagri or safah.
The designs on their clothing are either embroidered or dotted. The material of the clothing is usually cotton and even silk for women.
10. LanguageRajasthan depends majorly on income earned via tourism. Thus most of the people have learned English or Hindi or perhaps both to be able to communicate the travellers. However, some dialects originating from Rajasthan include Marwari, Malvi, Mevati, Jaipuri/Dhundari of which the most famous is Marwari.
Rajasthan is a vast state but living in its rural areas will give you a thorough insight of the Rajasthani folk and their culture. The state has been blessed with such historical and beautiful forts and other monuments. One must visit Rajasthan to explore the land of Maharajas.