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Shekhawati Festival of Rajasthan

SHEKHAWATI-RAJASTHAN

Shekhawati Festival of Rajasthan

Every year, Morarka foundation organized Shekhawati festival to preserve their traditional art & culture, they also promote benefits of organic farming. Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Churu & Nawalgarh cities are the oldest part of the Shekhawati region. Every year, the Shekhawati festival held in February for 4 days & nights with many interesting activities in Rajasthan. The Tourism department of state & GDCR Research foundation organized the Shekhawati festival and fair. It includes various types of cultural events, games activities, fireworks, and many more.

Kalbaliya dance in Shekhawati Festival
Shekhawati Heritage Festival in Rajasthan

The Shekhawati Festival celebrates to promoting tourism in the golden land. The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan has a perfection display in their wall paintings on the fabulous Havelis and Mansions. So, this region is related to Remarkable paintings, culture programs, well-designed palaces, forts & rural games are an amazing part of Shekhawati festival. A unique thing about this festival is yummy organic Rajasthani food which served to all participants every day.

Detail about the Shekhawati Festival of Rajasthan February-2020.

• 1ST DAY ACTIVITIES:-
1.)  Local games and sports competitions.
2.)  Shekhawati Talent Hunt & Dance & Singing competition.
3.)  The organic food court opening.
4.)  Craft Bazar of handicraft inauguration.

• 2ND DAY ACTIVITIES:-
1.)  Local games & sport (Continued)
2.)  Comedy and Poetry Competition
3.)  Mr. & Mrs. Shekhawati competition
4.)  Culture Performance – Competitions Initial round
5.)  Inauguration by Chief Guest

• 3RD DAY ACTIVITIES:-
1.)  Local games & sports (continued)
2.)  Poster & paintings- Competitions
3.)  Painting & essay writing Competition
4.)  All India Organic Farmers Association-Meeting
5.)  General knowledge competition
6.)  Bandhej Exhibition & Competition
7.)  Mahendi(hand painting)& musical chair competition
8.)  Rangoli Competition
9.)  Balloon game & musical competition
10.) Rassakassi Competition
11.) Cultural Performance
12.) Matka Daur Competition
13.) Laughter Show.

• 4TH DAY ACTIVITIES:-
1.)  Local Games & Sports [continued]
2.)  Dance competition for women
3.)  Bandhej Exhibition & competition for women
4.)  Yoga Competition
5.)  Handicraft Exhibition
6.)  Rassakassi Competition for women
7.)  Musical Chair Competition for women
8.)  Mahendi hand painting Competition for women
9.)  Matka Daur Competition for women
10.) Selfie Competition
11.) Cultural Performance Folk Dances
12.) Closing Ceremony
13.) Fire Show
14.) Kavi Sammelan Poet show

Traditional Games At Shekhawati Festival In Rajasthan

Everybody like you also loves to play any game and it doesn’t matter which game you play. Our new generation of kids also love to play games but the difference is they only play with gadgets.

Its the modern time and people enjoyed it but physical games are always an important part of human life. Somewhere we forgot our traditional outdoor games. Just look back and remember when last time you play an outdoor game. Think about your fitness its good for you.

In 1996, Morarka foundation started the Shekhawati festival to secure every single thing related to Rajasthan culture and always being an important part of the rich culture. People come from another country to play and enjoy traditional games of Rajasthan. Every year, more than thousands of visitors love and enjoy the Shekhawati festival and participate in traditional games.

✯ SATOLIYA

image of Rajasthani traditional game Satoliya (7 plate with 1 ball game)To play this traditional game you need at least 10 players then divide into 2 teams. After the toss, each player of the first team wants to hit satoliya (7 plates of stone) from 10 feet, with a ball to make it fall. Each player has only 3 chances to hit satoliya after that player declared out. 2nd team players are on fielding behind the satoliya. If anybody hits the satoliya. Now 2nd team players want to hit 1st team player by the ball before they make satoliya. This game has 10 rounds more points decide the winning team and players also.

✯ ELEPHANT-POLO

Image of Polo game with Elephant in RajasthanIn Rajasthan, this game is still an interesting part of royal families. Do you know about the horse polo game? Of course yes. Elephant polo is much likely as horse polo. But in this game players wants to hit the football with big playing-stick to make a goal. Rules are the same as horse polo.

✯ ROUNDED-BALLA

In this game, everybody needs a separate bat with circles for every player. Before starting the game you all want to make a circle around your place after that erase only one circle. Now, go away from playing site and take a race to get those circles, the person who does not get a circle he wants to give fielding. Players with circle want to hit the ball anywhere and fielding player want to hit any player to get the circle. When ball touch with any body part of circle players. The Fielding player changes his place with a circle player.

✯ JUMPING-FROG

According to the rules of this game, we need 2 players for each team. There is no limit of teams, oldest team member gives chance to another team to perform, this team wants to sit on the ground and build a hand tower-bridge step-by-step. The performing team wants to jump every tower to get the next level. If any player touches his hand accidentally the team will be out. Then out team wants to sit on the ground and make hand patterns with his team members.

✯ KABADDI

Image of Kabaddi Traditional game of RajasthanKabaddi is part of international games. Indian youth are attached to this game and perform at the state level and national level too. This is a time-based game played in court, which divided into two halves. We want 2 teams with +4 players each. The motive of the game is simple, one team member(raider). Who wants to go the opposite team(defenders) court with speak continuously kabaddi-kabaddi-kabaddi and raider want to touch any player to earn 2 points and come back to his court. If defenders will catch the raider. Then the defender team earns 1 point. The winning team is announced on more points.

✯ VOLLIYA-BOlO

This volley-bolo game is related to the volleyball game, but this game is more interesting because this game has no net but has a hardball. In this game, you want to throw a ball in the air and every player wants to wait for 3 tips on the ground. After, Run-Run-Catch-hit-run ;). Everybody wants to hit the nearest player with this ball and give them pain. I’m sure you will remember this game in heaven too.

Shekhawati Festival Organic Food Baazar in Rajasthan

Image of Shekhawati festival organic farmingIn 2005, the organic food event was started to spread the awareness & benefits of organic food in public. Agriculture community of Rajasthan takes a step forward to save crops & earth too from chemical fertilization. They are trying to share the knowledge or benefit of organic foods. According to the agriculture department, the process of chemical farming is very harmful to everyone and our nature too.

Since 2005, Morarka foundation & agriculture department organized some events, campaigns, and workshop for farmer’s benefits. Organic farming is really helping farmers to increase the quantity and quality of crops. According to last year, survey farmers get more money with the help of organic plantation.

From 2014, every year approx. forty thousand tourists come to explore True Rajasthan. That’s why? Shekhawati region gets an awesome rank on the map of world tourism. From the last 14 years, Shekhawati organic food bazaar is always the best part of this festival. The staff of Morarka served yummy organic food to all guests of the Shekhawati festival.

*According to me, Shekhawati is not a festival or region. Shekhawati is a great opportunity for every farmer to get their customer at a worldwide level and achieve the best results. Morarka foundation gives people employment in organic food bazaar. 😉

SHOPPING DHAMAAKA at Shekhawati Festival in Rajasthan

Image of Shops in Shekhawati festival of RajasthanDo you want to buy something unique?
So, this is a really good experience for you. As you all know every company or shopkeeper gives offers, schemes, and discounts to their customers. But Rajasthan is famous for handicraft stuff and colorful items. Festival organizer gives free coupons to every guest to make a purchase of anything and get forty percent off.

Rajasthan’s peoples are experts in their work, because peoples do, what they love. Peoples used natural sources to make products to sell and earn some money to get food for their families.

Every year, Shekhawati festival creates a chance for poor peoples to sell their hand made products. These days, poor peoples become peoples and earn sufficient money for their families and they do their work with more interest.

Shopping dhamaka of this festival gives you a benefit or chance to win a cash prize. If you buy something from any shop in the Shekhawati region. He gives you a small slip and bill too, you want to fill your name and contact no. for participate in the lucky draw. Are you lucky? Then, this is an awesome chance to win cash/bumper prizes. Every year on the last day of this festival. The chief guest chooses ten slips and announces the winners of the lucky draw.

Fresco Painting At Shekhawati Rajasthan

Image of fresco painting on wall of RajasthanNawalgarh is one of the best towns for organized Shekhawati festival of Rajasthan. Nawalgarh town is famous for the incredible fort and stunned fresh wall paintings across the town. Every year over ten thousand tourists come to see Shekhawati’s wall paintings.

In 1737, Nawal brothers founded the Nawalgarh town. They build a village near the site and after that, they established a fort with Lord Gopinath temple. Nawal brothers are not only single who designed Nawalgarh town. According to Indian historians, Patodi’s was the 2nd  community who shift in Nawalgarh after Nawal brothers. In the year 1756, they built two havelis with incredible wall paintings. The Choudhary’s clan is still part of this city. They came from Jaipur & Sanganeer, that why they are known as the Sanganerias and the Jaipuries.

Only in Nawalgarh town, you can see the world finest art of fresco paintings here. These two havelis are still a sign of rich Marwari of the 19th century. After that, they established a college with a huge British clock tower.

Image of fresco painting in RajasthanAccording to me, Nawalgarh is being like heaven for stoners. In addition, the land of colorful markets with abstract/doodle art around the town. You should visit Aath Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat haveli, Jodhraj Patodia haveli, and Chokhani haveli.

Painting methods used

 According to Indian historians, these arts printed in three layers. But according to artists of the Shekhawati region, they used only two methods for making a fresh art painting. The first method they use in art is “Fresco-Buono”. And the second method is “Fresco-secco”.

FRESCO-BUONO

“Fresco-Buono” words came from the Italian language. “Fresco” means fresh and the word ‘Buono’ means a wet surface. This method is similar to the statue painting technique. The technique was vanished by the time period. But we have technologies to find that technique. And it says people were used lime juice to save the painting’s freshness. They use fresh water to make a color with natural ingredients. They paint the surface before it becomes fully dry.

FRESCO-SECCO

In this method art done on dry plaster. Colour which used for painting with a binding & sticking things. This method is world famous as the temporal method. But before painting the surface, they fill every single dot or cracks on the surface by plaster. These types of paintings are only designed for indoor decoration.

COAT (PLASTERING) PROCESS

Primary Plastering Coat

First, they use a little quantity of fresh water, lime, mixed with natural colors and sand. Lime removes the upper layer of carbon. This is a very important part of this process to protect the painting for many years. When the surface is sufficiently wet so, they rubbed the surface with a hard brush. So, after that, they throw the plaster paste forcefully to the wall at a distance of 40–55cm, because paste sticks to the wall forever. last work of this first step is done by levelers which are known as “BATKARA”.

Secondary Plastering Coat

The second step is a mixture of ¾-river sand & ¼ limes. The paste mixture will be wet but less than the primary layer. After then they apply the mixture on the surface. Sometimes the mixture is made by Jute fiber, rice husk & animal’s poo (gobar). They used jaggery for purifying the lime and made a more sticky solid paste to fill cracks on the wall. Curd was also used to make more shine in the work. This process is based on chemical activities by nature.

Third Plastering Coat

After secondary plastering coat, they apply the 3rd mixture within 1 hour after the 2nd & 3rd mixture is made up by 2/3 part of filter sand with 1/3 part of lime.

Fourth Plastering Coat

Fourth and last step, they made a mixture of the coat of ½ part of lime and 2nd half by finely crushed rocks and crystals. After applying this mixture on the 3rd coat, they use a process called “Sudha Lape”. A polish called ‘Mohra’ used until the surface makes more glossy and shiny. Mohra paste stops the air to fill the pores & cracks. Finally, they polish the surface with coconut oil to make shinier.

PAINTING PROCEDURE

Sketching

Firstly, they design a sketch on white paper with a lite hand force. The sketch is made up with the help of a sharp pointed thing or something like a needle. Then put sketch against the wall and fill those colors after rubbing the surface lightly. So, the colors reached down on the surface. Outlines are filling by dark yellow and dark black color for painting ideal. Now, anyone can complete the painting process.
Make sure these colors are a mineral because mineral colors do not react with lime. Mineral colors are like Kajal[dark black], Hara bhata[chalk color], kharia[white color of chalk], Kesula[dark yellow color], rohira[saffron color], kariya[light-pink color], Singh ruf[yellow-white color], Vartana [final touch up shade], sindoor[dark red], hilkari[gold-silver color] & khinpe[dark-green color]. These mineral are easily available at the Aravali hills.

 Monuments at Shekhawati Festival in Rajasthan

Haveli Museum

Image of HAVELI MUSEUM in Shekhawati, RajasthanShri Jairam Dasji Morarka built The Morarka museum in starting of the 19th century. He was one of the famous artists and patron of India. Morarka haveli is in Naya bazaar (New-Market) of Nawalgarh. Morarka haveli museum is the finest showcase of wall paintings. The entry of this Morarka haveli is free to visit for the public, thanks to Mr. Kamal Morarka to save our ancient culture and buildings.

Chhatri [ Cenotaph]

Image of cenotaph of Shekhawati RajasthanChhatri’ is a word of Hindi, which means umbrella it designed by expert workers of the state. In ancient times chhatri was built to protect peoples from sunlight and rain too. Many chhatris in Rajasthan are like a structure of a dome, which stands on four stone pillars. Size of the chhatri was given reflects on the wealth of this tomb and it’s important to protect the fort.

Kuan[well]

Image of Shekhawati WellShekhawati Kuan was designed walls with lots of water. The groundwater level in Rajasthan is maxed 10’feet down. Everybody think Rajasthan has a low quantity of water. Yes, but in major areas like near desert places. But, you know what? We have pure water with a yummy taste. Yes, yummy! Because when the mother pulls water from the well, it has become elixir for me. Sorry readers but I just remember my best time, I hope you understand.

Heritage conservation at Shekhawati Festival of Rajasthan

Shekhawati festival was first organized by Morarka foundation to preserve their culture in Rajasthan. Shekhawati is one of the oldest regions of India. In the time period of Mahabharata, This region was known as the Kingdom of Matsya(Meena- मीणा). When Rajasthan was divided into two parts, one was ”Virata” and the second was “Avanti”. Shekhawati was a part of the Avanti Kingdom. But, Shekhawati was first founded by the Matsya community. After that region caught by Nandas and Magadha. History experts are confessed that Maurya wins the battle against Nandas with the help of Chanakya. The Sarasvati and Chambal river was the most important part of these kingdoms.

Let’s go to many years ago when Rajasthan has different types of communities, religions, and manner of style. They were expert in paintings they all know how to draw abstract art and they were show art on walls. Now, new youth is doing well to save their ancient Art-Culture. Some artists of the Shekhawati region are still doing work on it to show fresh art.

The artists of the Shekhawati region were known as kumhaar and chitrecar. Still, they are using natural resources to add new tricks to make paintings more fresh for forever. Today, Shekhawati is a single city in the world, where everything is converted into fresh arts on every single thing in town.

Places to Visit near Shekhawati Rajasthan

✵ Nawalgarh

Image of Nawalgarh Stepwell of ShekhawatiThe most colorful town in the Shekhawati region. In the year 1737, Nawalgarh town was founded by Nawal brothers. They build a village near the site and after that, they established a fort with Lord Gopinath temple. Nawal brothers are not only single who designed Nawalgarh town. According to Indian historians, Patodi’s was the 2nd  community who shift in Nawalgarh after Nawal brothers. After some time many families were come to Nawalgarh to join Parodies. In the year 1756, they built two havelis with incredible wall paintings. The Choudhary’s clan is still part of this city. They came from Jaipur & Sanganeer, that why they are known as the Sanganerias and the Jaipuries. In this, you can see amazing wall paintings, monuments, havelis, forts & palaces. Mostly every handicraft item made in this town with natural sources.

✵ Sikar

Image of Ram Temple in Sikar, Shekhawati RajasthanSikar is world famous for its fresco paintings and ancient monuments. This city was the first home of the Shekhawat community. Sikar city has more than 50 tourist’s spots with ancient structures, palaces, forts, temples, etc. Every year, Sikar town produces more than a thousand tones of potatoes and supplied to every country. In the 17th century, Sikar becomes an important part of the community of world trading suppliers. The market place has a big British Clock tower with a beautiful Jubilee hall with hand painted walls. This town has more than fourteen forts and eight palaces.

✵ Dundlod

Image of Dundhlod in shekhawati RegionIn 1750, Dundlod fort was built by Mr. Kesari Singh. Dundlod town is an amazing place to feel the culture of Mughal & Rajput. Every year more than five thousand tourists come here to explore the part of true Rajasthan. Even this town has an ancient library and sketch in a European manner. Dundlod fort was used as a private hall for royal couples.

✵ Khetri

image of Khetri Fort in ShekhawatiKhetri town was founded in the 18th Century. India’s 2nd wealthiest town is located in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. The Khetri town is famous for copper products. In the year 1755, The Khetri fort was created by King Bhopal Singh. The view of Bhopalgarh Mountain is unforgettable.

✵ Lachmangarh

image of Laxmangarh Fort in shekhawati Region of Rajasthan state INDIAKing Lachman Singh founded the Lachmangarh town in the 17th century. The town is located on the border of Jaipur city. Lachmangarh has a beautiful fortress was home of businessman family. Now, the king of Lachmangarh is Shri Sahib Rampartap Singh. If you want to stay in the fort than contact us.

✵ Mandawa

image of MandawaThe smallest town of Shekhawati region and Rajasthan. This town was founded in the 18th century this town dedicates to Lord Krishna. Beautiful place with fresco wall painting everywhere, Rajasthan peoples called mini heaven on earth. Its temples interior is awful.

✵ Parasrampura

image of ParasrampuraIn 1750, the Parasrampura town was founded by Rao Shekhaji. This town attached to Nawalgarh town. So, they need to do something different but they are expert in fresco paintings. So according to Shardul Singh son of Rao suggest painting as an interior. This is a big reason they famous for interior fresco painting.

✵ Baggar

Once a time in Indian history, this place was a home of Piramal and Rungtas but in the 13th century, it was refounded by Ojha families. Personally, I suggest you never go there, because seriously this area is covered by bad-natural power.

✵ Churi Ajitgarh

Churi Ajitgarh is the unique town of Shekhawati region, here you’ll catch some painted havelies, heritage mansions and you also stay in it. Same as all town is also famous for fresco paintings but this is completely different from others.

✵ Chirawa

Chirawa is the 3rd largest trading town of Rajasthan is located middle of Jhunjhunnu and Loharu. This town has amazing places to visit in Rajasthan are Nemani haveli, Rai Bahadur haveli, etc., haveli. Haveli is the word of Hindi, which means a mansion.

✵ Fatehpur

Nawab Kayamkhani founded Fatehpur town in the 15th century.

✵ Churu

Attractions of this town are Kanhiyalal and Kothari Haveli. This mini town has one mansion with +1,100 doors haveli. In 2004, the Rajasthan state achieved a world record for more gateways in one living home. This town is full of ancient havelis, forts, and palace. Where you can live royal life like maharajas(Kings).

✵ Pilani

Pilani was founded by Pilani brothers in the 17th century. In the 19th century, a research team got many ancient materials from there. Rajasthan government built a museum named the Pilani ancient museum.

WEATHER OF SHEKHAWATI

In the summer season, the Shekhawati climate is on the highest boiling point. It has a short but sexiest monsoon with cold charming winters. The June month is the hottest month of the year and February month is the coldest month of the year.  Last year, 49.8•C was the highest temperature ever record and minimum temperature was -4•C. In Shekhawati, the annual average rainfall is approx. 450 mm for 29 days.
According to me, the best time to visit in Rajasthan from August to March. I am dame sure you fall in love with the weather and your half soul too….

HOW TO REACH SHEKHAWATI?

*BY AIR

The nearest airport is Jaipur International Airport, the distance is above 117 km from the airport, you should hire a taxi to reach your desired destination. ($$$$$)

*BY RAIL

The closest railway station is Jhunjhunu Railway Station. The distance between Jhunjhunu to Shekhawati is approx. 52 km. Taxis & buses are available easily. ($$$)

*BY ROAD

Shekhawati region connected with the highway to the rest of the country, with National Highway 8, 37 and 41. Easily accessibility from-to Jaipur, New Delhi & Bikaner. ($$)       

Distances from major cities to Shekhawati 

  • New Delhi TO Sikar                    300 km [186.41 mile]
  • Jaipur TO Sikar                             117 km [73.70 mile]
  • Sikar TO Jhunjhunu                        70 km [43.50 mile]
  • New Delhi TO Jhunjhunu            270 km [167.77 mile]
  • Jaipur TO Jhunjhunu                  187 km [116.19 mile]
  • Bikaner TO Jhunjhunu                230 km [142.92 mile]
  • Churu TO Jhunjhunu                      55 km [34.18 mile]
  • New Delhi TO Churu                  321 km [199.46 mile]
  • Jaipur TO Churu                         201 km [124.89 mile]
  • Churu  Sikar                                95 km [59.12 mile]

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