Holi Festival in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is nothing special but the Elephant Festival. The Jaipur Elephant Festival is usually celebrated annually on the eve of or the day of Holi, featuring elephant beauty contests, elephant polo and elephant dance. It starts with a traditional procession of elephants lovingly painted and beautifully decorated with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets.
However, it has been canceled since 2012, due to protest from animal rights groups. Rajasthan Tourism organizes a special event for visitors on the lawns of Khasa Kothi Hotel on the morning of Holi as an alternative of the Elephant Festival. The event features local Rajasthani folk music and the colored powders, but no elephants. You can take part in the event even you are not a guest of the hotel.
Holi Dahan and Colour Holi in Jaipur
Holi is a two-day celebration, the first day being Holika Dahan and the second day being the day people play with colours and is known as Dhulandi. One the day of Holika Dahan people start a bonfire as a symbol of burning Holika and removing evil from the earth. People worship the bonfire as they believe it will bring them prosperity and they can remove evil from their houses and lives.
On the second day, people play with colours along with their friends and family. There are many Holi events in Jaipur where people can come together and play with people they might not even know. People can find many tour packages that specify the celebration of Holi in Jaipur.
A Celebration of Holi in Govind Dev Ji Temple
Holi is celebrated in temples as well, such as the Govind Dev Ji Temple in Jaipur. This is one of the oldest temples in the city and is also very highly regarded by the people of Jaipur. Holi is often associated with Gods Radha Krishna and that is why the celebration of the festival is done with extreme beauty in this temple.
The celebrations in the temple go on for more than a week and the temple is decorated very beautifully with flowers and decorative pieces. People celebrated Holi for one week in the temple with colours, flowers and sandalwood powder. There are vents that are held in the temple such as the Raas Leela of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. To be a part of this celebration in there are different Indian tour packages who provide an opportunity to come here during Holi .