History behind the Celebration of Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Not many people are aware about the history or legend of the desert festival. However, it is believed that in the ancient times, Lord Krishna, ruler of Yadav community, once told Arjuna (one of the Pandavas) that a successor belonging from the Yadav community will set up his kingdom on the Trikuta Hill. In the year 1196, the prediction made by the Lord Krishna came true, when Rawal Jaiswal, a descendant of the Yadav clan, established his kingdom in Jaisalmer. Celebrations were organized throughout the kingdom, when the people came to know that the prophecy has come true. The celebrations soon developed into a festival that is now organized every year.
Celebrations and Events of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival
The vibrant color, dance, music, camel polo, cultural performances, scrumptious dishes and various exciting competitions certainly mesmerize the visitors. The stalls are filled with plenty of artifacts and gift items that can be purchased for the loved ones. Furthermore, many events are also held that not only captivate the attention of the tourists, but also tender a unique charm to the festival.
Dance and Songs by Folk Artists
For the music lovers, the festival is nothing less than a paradise for them as many well-known singers and musicians participate in the festival. The traditional dance performance of the city fills the tourists with utmost passion and excitement. The songs of the ghazal or Sufi singers are certainly a delight for the ears.
Another attraction of the festival is the camel race. The beautifully decorated camels are centre of attraction and people in large numbers participate in the race enthusiastically. It is also a matter of pride, especially for the camel owners to win the race and get the suitable reward.
Longest Moustache Competition
It is an event that sees participants from various nooks and corners of the city. The long moustaches of the people surprise the spectators. During the competition, men showcase their moustaches with great pride as they try their best to win the coveted longest moustache title.
Turban Tying Competition
The people really have a gala time during the turban tying competition when they try to tie the colorful turbans in short possible time. The person who ties the turban before the desired time is declared a winner.
Tug of War
It is an event that sees maximum number of participants. Here, a competition is held between the Indian people and foreign nationals (both men and women) where they are required to pull a rope and make a concentrated effort to drag another team over a central line.