Maharana Pratap Jayanti
Maharana Pratap was born on May 9, 1540 in Kumbhalgarh in Rajsamand district. He was a son of Maharana Uday Singh II and Rani Jeevant Kanwar. During his tenure, he gained a lot of fame and respect due to his heroism, valour and patriotism. In his memory, MaharanaPratapJayanti is celebrated every year on the third day of Jyeshtha Shukl. Processions are held all across the district in memory of the Maharana and several cultural events are also organised.
Meera Bai is famous for her love and devotion towards Lord Krishna. She was born in 1498 AD and was a poetess. She was the daughter of Raja Ratan Singh who was the son of RaoDuda, the founderof Jodhpur.
Every year, MeeraMahotsava is organised by the Meera Smriti Sansthan along with Chittorgarh district officials on Sharad Poornima. The Mahotsava lasts for three days and includes fireworks, dances and worshipping of Lord Krishna and Meera.
The biggest Rajput festival of Chittorgarh is the JauharMela which is celebrated every year on the anniversary of Rani Padmini’s Jauhar. There were three Jauhars that were performed in Chittorgarh. This festival is dedicated to all three of them.
Gangaur is one of the oldest and the most important festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated in all the districts of the State with equal excitement. Gangaur literally means the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Women pray to Goddess Parvati in this 18-day long festival.
Gangaur is celebrated in the Chaitra Month (March) every year. According to the Hindu calendar, this month starts the New Year for Hindus. This month also marks the end of winter season and the beginning of summers.
A juloos (procession) of Gangaur starts from the Zanani-Deodhi of the City Palace and goes to various parts of the city and concludes at a place near Talkatora. The juloos comprises of bullock carts, chariots, old palanquins etc.
Teej is another important festival of Rajasthan. It is similar to Gangaur wherein the women worship Goddess Parvati and pray for the well-being of their husbands. This festival also includes folk dance performances by the ladies.
Another famous festival of Chittorgarh district is Rang Teras. The festival is celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight in the Chaitra month. The festival is also known by the name of Rang Trayodashi. It is celebrated like the festival of Holi and is dedicated to the spirit of brotherhood among people.
Rang Teras is also celebrated in other states of the country like Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Farmers thank Mother Earth on this occasion, while the women observe fast.