The Marwar Festival of Jodhpur

The Marwar Festival was originally known as the Maand Festival, devoted to the music and dance of the Marwar region and was a music celebration to remember the victories of Rajput heroes.


This Marwar festival is celebrated annually in the Hindu month of Ashwin (Sep-Oct) for two days during the full moon of Sharad Poornima in Jodhpur, the former capital of Marwar Province.  In 2015 it’s held on 26th to 27th October. Its main attraction is the folk music cantered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan’s rulers. The folk dancers and singers assemble at the festival and provide lively entertainment.

marwar festival dance

Among other attractions at the festival is the camel tattoo show and polo. Turban tying is not just a custom or part of men’s attire here.  There is an event dedicated to turban tying where the masters of this subtle art win prizes and the hearts of several others.

Turban tying in marwar festival

Mesmerizing folk music and dance performances at the Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace are symbols of might and valor of the Rajputs, make Jodhpur an ideal location for the festival. The entire experience becomes more special only because of the venues, which still reverberate of a history of elegance, royalty and power.

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