The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is an annual event that takes place in February month in the beautiful city of Jaisalmer. It is held in the Hindu month of Magh (February), three days prior to the full moon. The festival is celebrated amidst the beautiful dunes of the Thar Desert in the Sam dunes (42 kilometers from Jaisalmer). Romantic, remote, and unspoiled, the location comes to life during the three-day extravaganza of the delights of the desert.
Dates of the festival: The festival is celebrated for three days in the month of February, such that the last day falls on the full moon day.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
On a normal day the remote and unspoiled Thar Desert looks quite calm and composed, however it comes to life during the three days’ cultural extravaganza which takes place amidst the beautiful sand dunes of Jaisalmer. No matter how barren and unexplored the location is, visitors can’t resist taking a glimpse of the festival. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Jaisalmer fort, the Desert festival is perfect personification of the traditional culture of Rajasthan. The state tourism department impeccably organizes this festival every year with an intention to exhibit the imperial state culture of Rajasthan. Dressed brilliantly in colourful and traditional attire, the three-day festival commences with a procession from the Jaisalmer fort, spreading euphoria everywhere. First day, the artists and performers put up a great show performing Rajasthani art, folk dance and music for the visitors setting a perfect tempo of the festival. As the day progresses Rajasthani competitions such as turban tying, longest moustache, fire dance and Mr. and Mrs. Desert keep the visitors engaged. Following day too engages the audience with various games and art performed by local women ending it with music and dance. The last day is planned in the superb setting of Sam dunes where the most prestigious camel rides and camel races are held. The festival winds up with the traditional Rajathani folk music.
History of Desert Festival Jaisalmer
Not many people are aware of the history or legend of the desert festival in Jaisalmer. The legend says that Lord Krishna, ruler of the Yadav community, told Arjuna (one of the Pandavas) that a successor belonging to the Yadav community would set up His kingdom on the Trikuta Hill. In the year 1196, the prediction made by Lord Krishna came true when Rawal Jaiswal, a descendant of the Yadav clan, established his kingdom in Jaisalmer. Celebrations were organized throughout the kingdom, and eventually, the people came to know that the prophecy had come true. The celebrations soon developed into a festival that is now organized every year. In addition, the government started marketing the vibrant festival as an international event, drawing visitors to the Jaisalmer Desert City.