DATES : 17/02/2019 – 19/02/2019
LOCATION : Jaisalmer, Rajasthan , India
The Jaisalmer Desert festival is an annual event that take place in February month in the lovely city Jaisalmer. it’s held in the Hindu month of Magh (February), 3 days before the full moon. The festival is celebrated amidst the beautiful dunes of the Thar Desert in the sam dunes (42 kilometers from Jaisalmer). Romantic, remote and unspoiled, the location comes to life during the 3 day extravaganza of the delights of the desert.
History of Desert festival Jaisalmer
Not many people are aware about the history or legend of the desert festival in Jaisalmer. As legends goes; Lord Krishna, ruler of Yadav community told Arjuna (one of the Pandavas) that a successor belonging from the Yadav community will set up his kingdom on the Trikuta Hill. in the year 1196, the prediction made by the Lord Krishna came true, when Rawal Jaiswal, a descendant of the Yadav clan, established his kingdom in Jaisalmer. Celebrations were organized throughout the dominion, once the people came to know that the prophecy has come true. The celebrations soon developed into a festival that’s now organized every year. the government started marketing the colourful festival as international drawing visitor to the Jaisalmer Desert city.
Celebration of Jaisalmer Desert festival
The celebrations of this festival make the desert come alive with color, enthusiasm and happiness. The festival commences with a procession in the morning from the Jaisalmer Fort to the Shahid Poonam Singh stadium. The locals dress in traditional and bright costumes. They sing and dance portraying the tragedies and accomplishments of the desert. The Gair and the fire dance are highlights of the festival. The Kalabaz or the Nat’s are a group of local nomads who are well-liked for their gymnastic acts. The Bhopa’s Langhas and Manganiars create a fascinating environment with their poignant folk music recitals and ballads.
Be a spectator of rare competitions like camel polo. Cheer for camel races. Gymnastic stunts on camel back and camel formation dancing are the crowning jewels of the festival. These competitions are followed by the Border Security Force camel Tattoo. Tug-of-war, turban tying, Maru-Shri (Mr. Desert competition) and the longest moustache competition are others allures. The grand finale of the festival is the Rajasthani folk concert following an Air Force show, cricket match and parachuting. This festival endwise Poornima (full moon day) in the sam dunes with the “Sonar Qila” Jaisalmer Fort in the background creating a fairy-tale ambiance. Delicious food, interesting stalls displaying artifacts, handicrafts and other souvenirs are available at the festival. Desert safari and camping can be also enjoyed at the eve of the festival in Jaisalmer.
Dates of Jaisalmer Desert festival 2019
In 2019, Desert festival, Jaisalmer is being celebrated from 17th February to 19th February. The 3 day celebrations is an extravaganza of sights, smells, tastes and unique delights of the desert city.