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Gangaur Puja 2024: A Festival For Marital Bliss

By February 2, 2024February 3rd, 2024No Comments
Gangaur Puja 2024

Have you heard of Gangaur Puja, the most significant festival of Rajasthan? It is celebrated with great spirit, especially by married women, and is considered one of the most sacred festivals. This festival is celebrated on the Tritiya Tithi of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra, which lasts for 18 days. Moreover, being one of the most celebrated festivals in Rajasthan by the Marvadi community, Gangaur Pooja is also celebrated in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. 

Besides that, the Gangaur Festival is also known as Gauri Tritiya. The name of this festival holds great significance where the Gan means Lord Shiva, and the word Gaur means Goddess Gauri. Also, this festival is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. So, with that being said, let’s explore the festival of Gangaur in detail, where you will learn about Gangaur Puja rituals, vrat katha and its significance. 

  • Gangaur 2024 Date: April 11, 2024 (Thursday) 
  • Tritiya Tithi Begins: 05:32 PM on Apr 10, 2024
  • Tritiya Tithi Ends: 03:03 PM on Apr 11, 2024

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Significance of Gangaur Puja 

If you are looking to make your relationship with your partner and your family harmonious and fruitful, Gangaur Puja is the most significant occasion where you can seek blessings from Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. This is the festival where women, especially, get dressed up in proper traditional attire and offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Gauri Mata for the longevity of their husbands. It is believed that by offering prayers and following all the rituals wholeheartedly, you can also get the most loving and caring life partners, just like Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. 

Moreover, on this day, Goddess Parvati offers her Suhagras to women who are unmarried so that they can get honest and loyal life partners. Women offer prayer and vrat for their husbands so that their marital life is filled with love, affection and blessings. This festival also welcomes the most awaited season, which is the spring season, which brings new charm and happiness to the relationship. It gives devotees the opportunity to bring changes in a relationship so that it brings more happiness, success and prosperity in individuals’ overall lives and relationships. 

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Mythological Story and Katha about Gangaur Pooja

Like any other Hindu festival celebrated in India, it has a significant story that adds more importance to the festival. Likewise, the Gangaur festival also has an interesting hindu mythological story related to Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. So, one day, Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri, along with Narad Muni, went out into the forest to explore where they met their devotees, who felt extremely blessed, happy and excited to see them together. So, out of their utmost devotion, they offered good food as an offering to Goddess Gauri and Lord Shiva. However, impressed by their devotion and love, Goddess Gauri offers all her Suhagras (Shingar items) to her devotees as a blessing in return. 

Furthermore, Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri were about to leave the forest when they saw more devotees coming with food to offer them and seek blessings. On seeing this, Lord Shiva politely asked his wife, Goddess Gauri, what blessing she would offer to her devotees since she had already given away all her Shingar items to other devotees. On hearing this, Goddess Parvati gently smiles and says that she will give her devotees her own blood as a blessing to their devotees so that they do not get disappointed. So, she puts a small cut on her fingertips and sprinkles her blood on the devotees as a blessing so that they live a happy and prosperous marital life. 

Rituals and Puja Vidhi for Gangaur Festival 

Here are some important Puja vidhi and rituals to be followed during the Gangaur Puja celebration. Make sure you follow all the rituals with devotion to avail fruitful blessings. 

  • Before the main day of Puja approaches, devotees cleanse their homes to welcome Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. 
  • The first day of Gangaur Puja starts with Gauri Avahan, where devotees place the idols of Lord Shiva and Gauri Mata. 
  • Devotees dress up the idols with new clothes, apply Sindoor, and offer flowers and prasad. 
  • The second day is followed by the Satyanarayan Puja, where the devotees keep a special puja at home for the well-being of their home, family, and relationship. 
  • All the puja samagri are kept where the main member of the family sits as a couple to offer prayers and havan on this festival. 
  • On the final day of the festival, known as Gaur Visarjan, devotees experience a bittersweet moment. It is a day to say goodbye to Parvati mata and Lord Shiva, thanking them for all the blessings and hoping to celebrate this festival in coming years. 

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So, as this festival is the moment of joy, happiness and enthusiasm, mark the Gangaur Festival 2024 date in your calendar so that you can also celebrate this festival and follow the puja vidhi. It’s the most beneficial puja for all married women who wish to pray for the well-being of their husbands and all their family members. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1. What is Gangaur?

Gangaur is a special festival celebrated mainly in rajasthan. During the festival of Gangaur, the rituals and the whole puja vidhi are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri asking for marital bliss.

2. Which state mainly celebrates the Gangaur festival?

Gangaur festival is mainly celebrated in the state of rajasthan by the Marwadi community. This festival is celebrated with magnificence and enthusiasm, and women are seen embellished with traditional outfits to celebrate this festival.

3. What are the benefits of celebrating Gangaur festival?

Participating in the festivities and performing religious rituals during the Gangaur festival is believed to bring about a prosperous married life and help in finding a loving and devoted partner, especially for those who are yet to get married.

4. How is the Gangaur festival celebrated in Rajasthan?

In Rajasthan, the festival of Gangaur is celebrated for 18 long days where the 16 days are dedicated to Goddess Gauri and the last two days are dedicated to the Lord. During this festival, devotees perform special rituals known as Zhimma and Pugadi. Also, in the traditional shingar, women can often be seen adorning themselves with a red saree.

5. What are the 5 idols placed during Gangaur Pooja?

On the festival of Gangaur Puja, a special five idols are placed which are Gaur, Isar (Shiva), Kaniram, Rova bai, and Sova bai.

6. Is Gangaur a harvest festival?

Gangaur Festival is not exactly a harvest festival, but it falls in the Chaitra month (March-April) when the spring season begins. So this is why this festival is also called the Celebration of Harvest Festival.

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