‘Gan’ means ‘Shiva’ and ‘Gauri’ means ‘Parvati’ hence the word Gangaur forms. Gangaur is a celebration of marriage and love, honouring Goddess ‘Gauri’ or ‘Parvati’. Every woman whether she is married or unmarried takes part in this festival. Women overflowing with eager enjoyment make clay images of ‘Shiva’ and ‘Parvati’, dress them beautifully. They offer prayers to them, observe day-long fasts for marital happiness and prepare delightful dishes for the family. ‘Parvati’ represents perfection and marital love; therefore married women do it for the welfare, health, and long life of their husbands and happy married life. While unmarried women worship for being blessed with a good husband.
A colourful and most important festival of Rajasthan is Gangaur. Gangaur idol is a religious idol which is famous among the age group of seven until Udyapan in females. Udyapan is a custom that means "I here onwards ends and I am thankful to the goddess who fulfilled my all wishes, now I have no wishes anymore". So basically, every girl child or woman needs an idol to fulfill her wishes until all gets completed. Hence idol-making comes into the picture, idol can be made up of wood or clay but nowadays wooden idol is so famous among all age groups yet it is very costly.
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