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Kite Festival | The Festival Jaipur loves celebrating!

Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January, every year in India. Makar Sankranti denotes Uttarayan or northward journey of the Sun. The other aspect is that the Sun enters Makar Rashi or Capricorn sun sign on this day. It has a huge religious significance in Hinduism. People visit Galta to take a dip in holy water storage also called Galta Kund.

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Devotees at Galtaji Kund on Makar Sankranti. Galtaji, Jaipur

They also visit Sun temple located close by, on a hill – Surya Mandir to worship the Sun God. Many people also carry out the ritual of performing charity to the poor and feeding domesticated animals like cow etc.

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Jaipur Sun Temple 

While this was the religious and astrological explanation, Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is also celebrated by flying kites. It’s a local holiday & markets remains closed on this day.  People celebrate this day by flying kites. The best place to witness the atmosphere of kite flying is in the walled city area of Jaipur. People engage in kite flying & kite fights!! Kite fights are locally called Dangal or Pech.

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Fancy kites on display. Kite festival, Jaipur

One of the most famous anecdotes associated with Makar Sankranti is that of  Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh II, the erstwhile king of the state. He was a great patron of kites & kite festival and used to fly kites having gold and silver ornamentations. In case, his kite would lose during a kite fight, the person returning it back was rewarded. When the Jaipur royalty was so passionate about kites, it’s natural for this enthusiasm to trickle down to the common people.

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Here are pictures of Kite festival or Makar Sankranti in Jaipur.

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Roadside Vendor selling kites in Haldion Ka Rasta, Johri Bazar, Jaipur

 

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Kites on display for sale in Haldion Ka Rasta, Johri Bazar, Jaipur.
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Makar Sankranti- kite flying festival is celebrated equally by kids and adults. Kites are available in many designs.

A shop selling jumbo size Charkhi in Haldiyon Ka Rasta, Johri Bazar, Jaipur. Charkhi has the thread line required for flying kites.

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Flying Kite

Kite fight is akin to a match in cricket. Skilled kites man know how to steer their kites well!

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A Kite Fight 

 

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The market is flush with a variety of kites

Many of the above pictures were clicked at Haldion Ka Rasta in Johri Bazar, Jaipur. This street is the most popular Kite market and is famous for the shops selling the best quality kites and Manjha– glass coated thread used for flying kites. Usually, quality kites and Manjha is sourced from the city in the neighboring state, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. There is another Kite market in Jaipur called Handipura in Ramganj Bazar. It is lined with many shops selling kites and Manjha. This market is popular for commercial quality kites and Manjha. I’ll retain a detailed post on special food on Makar Sankranti for some other time!

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During Sunset, people switch to flying hot air lanterns and fireworks. It seems as if people are celebrating Diwali!!! I’m unable to post these pictures…maybe next time!! Out of all festivals, kite festival has still retained its full flavor in Jaipur, unlike other festivals which have faded over the years. It is worth experiencing this festival in Jaipur.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Kite Festival | The Festival Jaipur loves celebrating!

    1. Thank you Bushra for checking it out and commenting! In India, two cities are crazy about kites – Jaipur & Ahmadabad. The tradition of kites in Jaipur is very old, as I mentioned in the post. Probably, next time I would also like to post about the evening celebrations with chinese lanterns and firecrackers! I’m happy that you liked the pictures!

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    1. Pranjal! Thank you. I guess every city has it’s own culture, some are more renowned. Jaipur certainly is a very popular city for many reasons. Everyone’s got their own!
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  1. Beautiful photos, Arv. I had no idea that there was a tradition of kite fighting there. From your description, it is exactly the way that kite fighting was done in Afghanistan (before the Taliban stopped it – I wonder if it still happens at all?)

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    1. It’s an old tradition. kite flying and fighting both were much stronger earlier, with advent of modern gadgets people have more options today. like any other sports, you need skills for flying and fight both. as for Afghanistan the connection seems to be logical. The king of amer /Jaipur -Maharajah sawai man Singh fought few wars in Afghanistan. It is possible that this tradition might have reached Jaipur in his rein.
      Thanks for pointing out Afghanistan link Mick! 🙂

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