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Revitalizing the Rajasthani Language: An Interview with Vishes Kothari

Vishes Kothari is the translator of The Timeless Tales of Marwar and A Garden of Tales by Vijaydan Detha , one of India’s most prominent Rajasthani writers. Kothari has always viewed the act of translation as activism and has spoken publicly about the lack of Rajasthani language usage in urban spaces. In an interview with Scroll , he stated, “Young people who otherwise come from Rajasthani-speaking homes—seem completely brainwashed into using Hindi, as if Rajasthani isn’t a language worthy of being spoken by educated, urbane young people.” In bringing the orality of Detha’s stories from Rajasthani into English, Kothari has not only introduced a literary giant to an international anglophone audience but has also taken a step toward the preservation of a language that many are choosing to no longer speak.

Rajasthani is the umbrella term used for all the dialects and languages spoken in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. Politically, Rajasthan has been one of the most prominent states of the so-called “Hindi belt” of North India, despite most of its rural population being unable to speak the Hindi language. Rajasthani is not recognized as an official language in the Indian Constitution , and thus all administrative work is done in Hindi. The census often conflates Rajasthani with Hindi, so there are no real reports on the number of native speakers of Rajasthani. There is also no mother-tongue education available for those hoping to connect with the language.

Younger speakers from the Rajasthan Yuva Samiti have been protesting for the inclusion of Rajasthani under the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution , which would grant it official status. However, while national recognition still has a ways to go, Vishes Kothari has been working toward preserving and propagating the language through the Rajasthani Bhasha Academy, an online Rajasthani course he developed with Professor Ganesh Devy and Professor Dalpat Rajpurohit.

In this interview, conducted over Zoom and email, Kothari tells us about his efforts to revitalize Rajasthani through his language academy and through literary translation.

    

Suhasini Patni (SP): What made you enter the field of translation and language revitalization, considering that your academic background is in mathematics and financial consultancy?

Vishes Kothari (VK): Rajasthani is my mother tongue, so it was a rather natural choice.

I was also fortunate to be in an environment where there was already some consciousness about the literary richness of Rajasthani, the fact that the language does not get its due, the importance of learning and speaking it . . . so I absorbed that and wanted to work with the language.   

SP: Timeless Tales of Marwar, a collection of Rajasthani stories by Padma Shri winner Vijaydan Detha, was published in your translation in 2020. The collection has seventeen stories, but Detha has written over eight hundred. How did you pick the stories that made the Timeless Tales of Marwar ?

VK : Many of the classic stories identify themselves at once. Some are so popular that they are not hard to choose. You go through the volumes one by one, and you make note of the stories you like. I shared my notes with my editor, and we decided on a long list first, and then a short list. It was the usual back-and-forth. My impulses tend to be very anthropological. I want a story of each type: what is a bedtime story, which are origin myths, which are religious or didactic? Are there stories told by someone from a certain caste, are there archival footnotes available? I always felt that I did this translation more as an act of activism rather than of pure literary impulse.

SP: Timeless Tales of Marwar was released under the Puffin imprint of Penguin, which publishes children’s books. A Garden of Tales, however, was meant for adult readers. Did your process of selection or translation change based on the audience?

VK : I moved the second book to a different publisher for this reason: there were a lot of stories I wanted to work with that I couldn’t with the Puffin imprint. But there is also a realization that what we regard as suitable for children today is perhaps, in many ways, more conservative than it was when these stories were released between 1960 and 1975, especially when you consider that many of them were based on much older oral folktales. The idea of childhood is also very different; because many children were going to be married by the time they turned thirteen, there had to be a way of passing on sex education to them. There are many explicit stories that a children’s imprint would not risk publishing today because their readership is made up of schoolchildren. I pitched my second book to HarperCollins because I wanted to work with themes that needed adult readers. Moreover, Rahul Soni, the editor there, is based in Jodhpur and is himself a translator. My book could not have been in better hands.

SP: Can you talk about how Rajasthani was used in your house? What variety did you grow up speaking?

VK : We are from the Bikaner division; my own village is in the Churu district. We call our language Marwari. That is what we’ve always called it, including in Calcutta, where I grew up. Though sometimes people will say we are from Shekhawati, which is technically incorrect. Some people will also call it Bagdi. Marwari is the language I speak at home with both my immediate and my extended family. Detha’s language was slightly different from what I was used to, but once you’re through the first few pages, it starts to get easier. In the beginning, I struggled slightly. But the Rajasthani-Hindi Sabadkos dictionary was very helpful— it is now available in a digitized and searchable form online.    

SP: Can you tell me about the Rajasthani Bhasha Academy ? What inspired you to create it?

VK : There was no way to learn Rajasthani other than as a mother tongue. My collaborators and I had been wanting to create a structured Rajasthani language-learning program that would allow scholars, researchers, and members of the diaspora to learn the language if they wished. So, we started work on this during Covid and were able to put together a great team. It took us a few months before we finally launched to a very encouraging start! And our work continues to this day.

SP: Rajasthani is used as an umbrella term for all the dialects that are spoken in the state of Rajasthan. But whenever I meet someone from the state, they use the name of their dialect rather than “Rajasthani.” And even the Rajasthani Bhasha Academy’s “About” page states that the lessons teach Marwari. Some modules point out lexical differences between the various dialects, but the lessons are rooted in Marwari. I was wondering if you believe this complicates the question of giving the language some kind of official status. What would it mean to make an umbrella term an official language? And if we conflate Rajasthani with Marwari, are we not bound to offend people?

VK : There is no doubt that Rajasthani is a construct. The modern state of Rajasthan itself is a construct. But if you delve deeper, the dialects themselves are as much of a construct as this umbrella term is. Even within dialects, which tend to be named for the princely state they come from, you have hyperlocal variations, you have caste variations. And these names derived from the princely states are more popularly used than “Rajasthani” because the princely states were around for a much longer than the modern state of Rajasthan that now includes them. That is my theory. I don’t know how many people who live in Shekhawati actually say they speak the Shekhawati dialect. People say they speak Marwai, Mewari, Dhundhari, or Harouti because these are names of regions that have become synonymous with dialects. The point I’m making is this: yes, Rajasthani is a construct that has been conceived of for political reasons because the original demarcation of states in India was done on a linguistic basis. Therefore, we avoid using the word Marwari in a pan-Rajasthan sense, because we don’t want to impose any language or version of it. So, a word like Rajasthani began to be used by writers and activists as an umbrella term that encompasses all dialects. That said, there is no denying that Marwari has been the dominant literary register for many years. It has been used for a long time in courts across Rajasthan as a literary register, even outside Marwar. This is not unique. Braj Bhasha, for example, is also used outside of the Braj area and is still called Braj Bhasha. When a language becomes a literary register, it is used outside its place of association and is still referred to as that language only.

There is a historical asymmetry in this situation, and it is not in anyone’s power to rectify that. This is the situation of all languages that have been subject to standardization, which begins from concentrations of power, such as a royal court or a gathering of elites, who have the power to decide what institutions will teach, what the standard grammar, spelling, and orthography will be, and so on. These power variants in Rajasthan are nothing new or unique. They happen across the board, with Marathi in Maharashtra, in Bengal in the nineteenth century. Except that Rajasthani is still grappling with a lot of diversity, whereas Bengali has become standardized. But that has happened over two hundred years of the printing press, newspapers, journals, etc. These processes have evaded Rajasthani thus far.

In short, my answer to whether Rajasthani is or is not a language depends on the context. If I meet a layperson or my answer has to be political, I say yes, Rajasthani is a language and should not be confused as a dialect of Hindi. If I’m talking to a linguist, I’m willing to argue that Rajasthani is a construct—but then what are precisely its constituent languages? Enumeration or demarcation is always going to be a problematic exercise. But then again, what really differentiates a language from a dialect? However, to be clear, this is all with respect to the internal demarcations of dialects and languages in Rajasthan. In no circumstance would I say that Rajasthani is a dialect of Hindi.

SP: What were the goals of your online Rajasthani course? One of the things you touched upon was how standardization of the language might help in its proliferation, including by giving it an official status.

VK : No, I’m not in favor of standardization, actually. That is why I hasten to clarify that we teach the dialects that we speak. Our curriculum tends to be Marwari-centric because of the asymmetries I have already explained earlier—because that’s where most of the available teaching material comes from. We are trying to do the best we can; we know it is not ideal. But we didn’t want to wait for it to be ideal before starting. While I understand that standardization becomes a demand of institutions—universities, schools, publishers, and so on—I also think that a lot of that hold on production and knowledge today has been broken by the advent of social media. There are so many kinds of media that one doesn’t have to standardize. But since Marwari represented to us, the founders of the academy, the easiest path for starting this training program, it was important to tread that path. And if you do tread any one path, then accessing other dialects also becomes very easy, as most dialects are mutually intelligible. I feel that because of hyperdiversity in Rajasthani, we cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater and neglect the language in totality. It is a strength, not a weakness.

SP: While you’re trying to argue for Rajasthani as a separate language rather than a dialect of Hindi, it is impossible to create modules that do not involve Hindi, because most students approach Rajasthani learning through Hindi skills. Therefore, a lot of the modules focus on differentiating Rajasthani from Hindi, rather than just focusing on the language itself.

VK : We have to use a bridge language to teach any language. Hindi is the bridge language we use to teach Rajasthani. We use the model of how Hindi is taught as a foreign language in American universities to teach Rajasthani as a second language to people who know Hindi. It is an assumption that students will know Hindi.

SP: What kind of students have signed up for the courses so far? Are they more likely to be from the diaspora or people from Rajasthan itself?

VK : Mostly, we’ve had a lot of researchers and PhD scholars. We have historians, ethnomusicologists, and anthropologists—basically people who need it for academic reasons. When we’re able to be more proactive with our outreach to schools, we also get students from the Rajasthani diaspora.      

SP: Did you develop all the content of the modules yourself? For the longer course, I know you have some tutors—are they ever involved in planning the modules?

VK : Professor Dalpat Rajpurohit of UT Austin is one of our cofounders and is one of the foremost experts in Rajasthani today. He helped us lay out the basic skeleton of the program. Then we had various other team members join in—Neha Maloo, Giriraj Bohra, Lakshita Chahar—who worked to further refine the content of each lecture and also conduct tutorials and contact sessions for the students.    

SP: Did your previous work in translation help in setting up the modules?

VK : My general knowledge of the language increased as a result of translation, because once you read a language for a literary purpose, you interact with it in a very different way. Earlier, I was only used to speaking it, and it took me some time to get used to reading the language. There are a lot of things you don’t read about because you’re not in that context. My knowledge grew because Detha’s work is so expansive and vast. So, yes, translation helps, absolutely.

SP: You’ve started doing in-person classes. Have the modules or teaching style changed because of that? What kind of challenges do you face in this style of teaching, if any?

VK : We organized our first Rajasthani summer school in July 2023. There was a demand from researchers and academics to organize an in-person intensive program in Rajasthani literature and archival documents.

The idea is that we had equipped some people with a basic background for Rajasthani via the online course. Thereafter, my thinking is that the best possible training is immersive, where you’re in the context and are exposed to a sufficient amount of the target language. So, we believed it was important to have people in Rajasthan for a summer school to focus on their areas of interest, whether it is archival records or prose or folk songs. What we haven’t been able to do yet is use Rajasthani purely as the medium of instruction, but we’re definitely using a lot of it in class. We looked at a wide variety of material—Bikaner Bahis, Mewari miniature paintings, khyats from Jodhpur, short stories collected by Jain monks, songs to folk deities. The feedback we received was really positive, and we want to repeat the summer school and have a different focus area for each year. The idea is to take a broad look at continuities from oral tradition to written tradition to archival records and to visual arts while grounding yourself in the language.

SP: Besides the summer schools, do you have any other plans for the academy?

VK : We do have plans to hold online lectures, particularly by younger scholars who can share their work. The goal is to create a community of people who are working on Rajasthani studies. We have even run reading groups in Rajasthani literature, looking at Rajasthani texts from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. We want to be a platform for Rajasthani. If people have suggestions about how use that platform, to introduce courses or lectures, we are very happy to work with them.

SP: The Sahitya Akademi is the largest academy of letters in India, and every year it confers an award to an outstanding literary work in each of the 22 official languages of India, listed under the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. In 1974, the Akademi took an important step in recognizing Rajasthani when it gave it its own category in these annual awards, making it one of just a few nonofficial languages included; the first-ever prize was given to Vijaydan Detha. How have things changed since then, and how is the contemporary Rajasthani literary scene looking to you? Are there authors other than Vijaydan Detha you want to translate or see translated?

VK : I don’t think there is anyone who has achieved the kind of national fame Detha has. I have some limitations in that I’m not really reading as much Rajasthani literature as I ought to, so I’m not fully abreast of what is happening in the literary community.

What I do know is that the situation is very dire. There is a small circuit of writers, a small clique who is just giving each other awards. There is hardly any reader base or content development for Rajasthani. Reading is on the decline everywhere, but there are other mediums literature finds its way into. These have not yet developed in Rajasthani. There are two struggles: how to get freshness into the circuit, and then how to get people to connect to it. I have no easy answers to this.

Vishes Kothari , a financial consultant by profession, completed his master’s in mathematics at the University of Cambridge, prior to which he studied at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and King’s College, London. He then taught mathematics at Ashoka University before turning to financial consulting. He is a native of Sadulpur in Rajasthan and has a keen interest in the oral and musical traditions of his state. He has been associated with UNESCO-Sahapedia on projects focused on the musical traditions of women in Rajasthan and worked as a language expert with the Jaipur Virasat Foundation.

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The Rajasthani language – Expressing thoughts in fine words!

essay on rajasthani language

By Pankaj Singh

rajasthani language

Jaipur is the capital of a state that has people speaking many dialects of the Rajasthani language. It is quite similar to the Hindi language and so it is understandable for Hindi-speaking people. Although the linguistic diversity is immense, but the beliefs and the values are the same which makes us believe that the people of the state somehow speak the same language. The vibrant Rajasthani language has innumerable dialects of which five are the most spoken in the region. They are ‘Mewari’, ‘Marwari’, ‘Dhundari’, ‘Mewati’ and ‘Harauti’. While there are many variants of these dialects spoken across Rajasthan, the ones that are native to the tongue of the people of Jaipur are ‘Marwari’, ‘Dhundari’ and ‘Mewati’.

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1. आ छाय तो ढोलियां जोगी ही| (Aa chhaay toh dholiyaan jogi hi) One doesn’t regret if a thing of waste is wrecked.

2. च्यार दिनां री चानणी, फेर अँधेरी रात | (Chyaar dinaan ri chanani, fer andheri raat) Happy days don’t last for long.

3. देखते नैणां चालते गोडां | (Dekhte nainaan chaalte godaan) It’s better to die when you still have the ability to see and walk.

4. न कोई की राई मैँ, न दुहाई मैँ | (Na koi ki raai me, na duhai me) To mind your own business

5. पड़–पड़ कई सवार होय है | (Padh padh kai sawaar hoy hai) A man learns from his mistakes

Rainfall is a major part of the lives of the Rajasthani community as it is a desert state. That is why it is not surprising that it has found its place in this beautiful language as well. Reading on, you will find a few interesting proverbs related to the monsoon showers.

1. पपैया पीऊ–पीऊ करेँ, मोरा घणी अजग्म। छत्र करै मोरिया सिरे, नदिया बहे अथग्म॥ (Papaiya peeyu peeyu kare, mora ghani ajagm. Chhatra kare moriya siray, nadiya bahe athagm.) The dancing of the peacock and the singing of the cuckoo bird is a sign that rainfall is certain.

2. बादल रहे रात को बासी, तो जाणो चोकस मेह आसी | (Baadal rahe raat ko baasi, toh jaanno chokas meh aasi) If the clouds of the previous night do not disperse, rainfall is a certainty.

3. बिगड़ी घिरत बिलोवणो, नारी होय उदास। असवारी मेँह की, रहे छास की छास॥ (Bigdi ghirath bilovanno, naari hoy udaas. Asawaari meh ki, rahe chhas ki chhas) When the fat curdles due to the churning of curd, heavy rainfall is imminent.

Even though Hindi and English are the principal languages spoken by the people in the city, you may sometimes find yourself in places with only the friendly locals to interact with. In such a situation, it is better to have a person who knows the dialect to communicate with the local community. But it can be fun to know a few slangs which the Rajasthani people use in their regular conversations, so that it is easy to comprehend with some of the things they usually say. Initially, you may not pronounce it correctly but with the guidance of a local you can easily grasp some of the following. 1. Aawo/padharo Meaning: Come

2. Chaal Meaning: Walk

3. Jaawo Meaning: Go

4. Tharo naam kaain hein? Meaning: What is your name?

5. Aur kitto door jaano hai? Meaning: How much distance to go?

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The Rajasthani language has influences not only on the entire desert state but has had an impact even in the neighboring countries. Variations of the ‘Marwari’ dialect of the language, such as, ‘Goaria’, ‘Loarkia’, ‘Dhatki’, are also spoken in Pakistan. This effect of the language not only has a unifying effect on people but also across different regions.

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Is Rajasthani a single language or a spectrum of many related but distinct tongues?

How can a language with all the granularity and diversity that comes out of a thousand years of evolution be adapted to contemporary institutions.

Is Rajasthani a single language or a spectrum of many related but distinct tongues?

To mark Mother Language Day (February 21) in 2020, we wrote about the significance of mother tongues in allowing us to access our pasts and our identities:

“One’s mother tongue is really one’s oral inheritance – a collective repository of our cultural memories: Stories, songs, legends, lore and sayings – an ever-growing, ever-mutating mass of shared knowledge that exists only in minds, memories and words – in our language. The existence and transmission of this knowledge is fragile – and depends on the ability of different generations to have conversations with each other. Taking away language is to take away memory, to take away identity, to take away continuity.

Many subnational movements have made and continue to make language their rallying point. The Dravidian movement, the Assam Agitation and the Gorkhaland movement have all had a central focus on language – not only on language as an emblem of culture and identity, but on language as culture and language as identity.

When we get cut off from our mother tongues, it also cuts us off from these memories and histories which give us a sense of place in this world. And then we must find entirely new ways of making sense of ourselves. Is it this kind of deracination that cuts us off from our immediate pasts only to leave us hankering for a distant classical golden past, maybe because there is no other sort of past that we can access?”

Constitutional recognition for the Rajasthani language continues to remain elusive. In the absence of this, the language has remained largely outside institutions. Even as we await this recognition, we have set up the Rajasthani Bhasha Academy as an attempt to formalise Rajasthani language learning and make it accessible to those who have not learnt it as their mother tongue.

Since announcing the inception of the Academy, we have encountered many questions. One track of questioning asks whether Rajasthani is at all a “language” distinct from Hindi, as opposed to being a dialect. This former argument is a relic of the Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan movement where, in an attempt to create Hindi as the lingua franca of a new India, vast numbers of regional languages began to be perceived as dialects of Hindi.

The second track of questioning points out that there is no one Rajasthani language – there are many tongues spoken within Rajasthan and each is a distinct language in its own right. Hence there is the risk of a dominant form of Rajasthani ending up calling itself the only legitimate form – a consequence of standardisation processes seen with so many other modern Indian languages. This track definitely warrants careful self-examination and self-introspection.

Our attempt is to predicate this examination and introspection not only on linguistic and historical facts, but also on an understanding of Rajasthan as a modern administrative and cultural unit.

Linguistic ancestry and traditions

In terms of historical development, linguistic structure and literary traditions. there is little to back the argument that Rajasthani is a dialect of Hindi.

The various forms of the languages spoken in Rajasthan have a common ancestry that is distinct from what are referred to as the “Western Hindi dialects”, such as Brajbhasha. Linguist Luigi Pio Tessitori has postulated the existence of a missing link between Apabhramsha and the neo Indo-Aryan (or modern Indian) languages such as Gujarati, Marwari, Brajbhasha and so on. This pertains to the era between roughly the 13th century and the 15th-16th centuries, when Apabhramsha increasingly began to show the linguistic elements of the languages that were to become Gujarati and Rajasthani.

The language that fills the gap between Apabhramsha and neo Indo-Aryan languages languages in north India is what Tessitori calls “Old Western Rajasthani”, also known as “Old Gujarati” / “Maru-Gurjari”. The divergence between Rajasthani and Gujarati began in the 15th century.

While Udyotan Suri remarked on the distinct language of the people of the desert back in the 8th century, it is not until the 18th century that the construction of a distinct linguistic self emerges. Up until this, even as there is a great flowering of literary output in the various courts of the state, this continues to take place in a milieu which is conscious of its multilinguistic nature.

Achaldas Khichi ri Vachanika and the Visaldev Ras , composed in the 15th century, and Chand Rao Jaitisi Rau and the Veli Krishna Rukmini ri , composed in the 16th century, are among the prominent examples of major works composed in the Marwari/Dingal register. The court of Marwar began to produce a vast and rich body of literature from the 17th century onwards. The Diwan of the state, Mumhata Nainsi, produced his Mumhata Nainsi ri Khyat and Marwar ra Pargana ri Vigat in the Marwari/Dingal register, even as the king, Maharaja Jaswant Singh was a renowned poet composing in Brajbhasha.

There was a clear distinction between the different languages being used. However, the self-identification throughout this period of those using Marwari/Dingal continued to be of a “bhasha”, indicating the use of a language that was not Sanskrit or Prakrit. This was the standard practice throughout much of north India during this time.

It was in the 18th century that the first use of “Marwari’ as nomenclature was found. The Pingal Shiromani (a treatise on the theory of Marwari poetics) believed to have been written in the late-sixteenth century, but actually dated to the eighteenth-century based on the poets it mentions, opens with:

“अथः पिंगळ सिरोमणि मारवाड़ी भाषा लिख्यते” “Thus, Pingal Shiromani is written in the Marwari Bhasha.”

By the 19th century, Charans, the bardic caste of Rajasthan, were using a similar register through much of the state. Terms like Marubhasha/Marubhum bhasha or Dingal were first used for a longstanding Marwari literary tradition. Not only in Marwar, these terms were also used by poets in other major courts – Kisna Arha from the court at Udaipur (the capital of Mewar) and Suryamall Misan from the court at Bundi both identify their respective languages as Marwari or Dingal.

This nomenclature is not unusual in the 19th century. Brajbhasha, for example did not remain confined to the Braj region, but was widely used as a literary language from Rajasthan as far as in Assam and Bengal and the Maratha court of Shivaji. The Charans and Jains were placing themselves in contrast to the register being used by the Brahmins and the Bhats who were primarily using Brajbhasha (or a form of Brajbhasha influenced by Marwari, referred to as Pingal).

Hence, not only was there a broad self-conception of a common linguistic identity by the literary elite of the state, but there was also a clear sense of demarcation from the other dominant register of Brajbhasha.

The diversity of spoken tongues

The development of courtly registers can often be on a completely different trajectory from the languages spoken by common people.

Sedentary, agrarian societies are inherently different from pastoral and mercantile societies which have constantly been on the move for many centuries. The latter don’t have the broad linguistic uniformity which many of the former do. Rajasthan has a vast diversity in its spoken tongues – with local and hyperlocal variations, and with different castes based in the same region often speaking very differently.

Any act of enumeration or categorisation in such a scenario cannot be a passive one. Instead, almost like in the quantum mechanical universe, it ends up changing the reality it intends to enumerate and categorise. The censuses over the years were such an exercise, and they brought to the fore the inherent conundrum in trying to talk of broad linguistic identities in a land as diverse as Rajasthan.

It was Grierson who first used the word “Rajasthani” to refer to the languages spoken in Rajasthan in the Linguistic Survey of India, published in 1908:

“Rajasthani means literally the language of Rajasthan….The name as connoting a language has been invented for the purposes of this survey in order to distinguish it from Western Hindi on the one hand and from Gujarati on the other.”

He mentions the common people of the state simply referring to their “dialects”, with identity predicated broadly on geographic region or caste. He lists out six such dialects.

In the 1951 Census, there are 18 dialects recorded as being spoken in Rajasthan. In 1961 the number jumps to 72 dialects spoken in Rajasthan – including “Agarwali” spoken by 15 people, “Alwari”, spoken by 18 people…The number of dialects continues to vary wildly, with the latest census in 2011 enumerating six dialects of Rajasthan in the the state. There is clearly little to identify or separate the dialects themselves, with a widely varying self-identification of one’s boli along caste and geographic lines still being found.

The idea of the distinct forms/dialects of Rajasthani then itself appears to be an outcome of the Censuses carried out by the Colonial State.

To those who talk of the different forms of Rajasthani, saying that each of its forms is actually a language in its own right, and hence that there can be no one Rajasthani language, even the idea of five, seven or 72 different forms is itself reductive. A more accurate picture would then be of a language which changes every twelve miles, a continuum of gradually changing tongues. This hyperlocal reality has always been known to the common people of Rajasthan and one popular adage captures it thus:

बारा कोसां बोली पलटै, बन फल पलटै पाक्याँ। बीस पचीसाँ साजन पलटै, लखण न पलटै लाखाँ।।

The boli changes every twelve miles, fruits of the forest change when they ripen. One’s man changes after five hundred miles, but even a lakh miles can’t change one’s traits.

Rajasthani after independence

In the century since Grierson used the term “Rajasthani”, there has been a broad consolidation of linguistic identity within the region, in keeping with its emergence as an administrative unit. The Sahitya Akademi recognised Rajasthani as a language in 1974. This recognition has helped the sustenance of a literary circuit in the state, however meagre. Vijaydan Detha was the first recipient of this award and this, perhaps, helped in his work achieving recognition and acclaim.

Several initiatives have taken place since then. The Rajasthani-Hindi Sabadkos , a mammoth 12-volume thesaurus compiled by Sitaram Lalas surveys Rajasthani across dialects and periods and includes oral and written forms. There are university departments which offer degree courses in Rajasthani literature. Institutions of modernity – schools, publishing, the judiciary, etc – are needed because they can guarantee continuity in a way that orality no longer can.

There has been a movement to secure Constitutional recognition for Rajasthan since at least the 1950s, which culminated in the Vidhan Sabha passing a resolution demanding this recognition for Rajasthani from the Centre in 2003. This need has been written about extensively .

It is widely understood by almost everyone involved with Rajasthani literature, with teaching and in the larger demand for recognition of language status for Rajasthani, that it is an umbrella term. In fact, the term Rajasthani began to be used to demand recognition for the language, as opposed to the earlier and widespread use of the term Marwari (because of its historic use as a literary register throughout much of the state) precisely to indicate this inclusivity.

Does Rajasthan need a language identity?

A valid question is : is there a need for a unificatory exercise to ask for recognition of, or to create, formalised language-learning programmes? Why try to foist an overarching Rajasthani identity on the tongues spoken in the state, and thus reduce regional and local forms into “dialects”? Why not simply demand recognition for each form of the tongue as a separate language?

Unification and standardisation are both a demand and consequence of the encounter of languages with institutions like schools and publishing. Most languages whose identity we seem to have no doubts about today are the outcomes of such processes of standardisation which wiped out variations and undermined dialects. Marathi and Bengali in the 19th century and Hindi, from the late 19th century onwards, come to mind quite prominently.

However a unificatory exercise need not inherently be an exercise in standardisation. When the Brahmin elites in 19th century Pune or Kolkata were defining what spoken and written forms were to have legitimacy, this exercise worked along gradients of power, including those defined by caste and class. The fear that Rajasthani will involve the hegemonic influence of Marwari, the dominant literary register for a few centuries now, is not unfounded. However, we can avoid taking this trajectory and the steps taken by the movement so far have consciously attempted to do this.

The recognition of Rajasthani as an umbrella category is simply a demand that is likelier to be met given that there are only 22 languages recognised from across the country, than to ask for recognition of a number of separate languages from the state (more so, considering that the dialect classifications are themselves fuzzy and contested).

Moreover, this umbrella category is, in many ways, a natural one. There has been a sense of linguistic oneness in Rajasthan – both in courtly as well as spoken contexts, and this predates modern times. The forms spoken are closely related. Moreover, most speakers of the language will vouch for the broad inter-intelligibility of the various forms.

The Rajasthani Bhasha Academy

This academy aims to make the language accessible to those who have not learnt it as a mother tongue. Creating a curriculum throws up the obvious question of which form of Rajasthani will be taught, and whether this involves the creation of a new hegemony.

It begins with introducing the learner to what the language sounds like in its many forms, for so much of the variety appears in spoken contexts. Thereafter, rather than invest in the creation of a “standard Rajasthani”, a first course in Rajasthani has been established with the use of the Marwari dialect. Not only is it the most widely spoken form , it has also been the literary register in much of Rajasthan for a few centuries.

This does not innately undermine the cause of other forms spoken in Rajasthan – on the contrary, access to one dialect definitely allows for easy movement into the others. It is simply one path of entry into a rich linguistic and cultural world, and definitely not the only one. There is no doubt that there will be need for much introspection and reform as the Academy begins to run this first-of-its-kind course.

The authors are part of a team which is working to create a structured Rajasthani learning course under the Rajasthani Bhasha Academy. Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit teaches in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Vishes Kothari is working on Rajasthani to English translations of Vijaydan Detha’s works.

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Rajasthani Language: Unveiling the Cultural Tapestry

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Rajasthani language, spoken primarily in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is a vibrant and rich linguistic tapestry that reflects the region’s cultural heritage and historical evolution. With its roots deeply intertwined with the history of Rajasthan, this language has played a pivotal role in shaping the cultural and literary landscape of the region. The origins of Rajasthani language can be traced back to the ancient Indo-Aryan language family, which includes languages such as Sanskrit, Hindi, and Gujarati. Rajasthani Language

During the medieval period, Rajasthani emerged as a distinct language influenced by various linguistic and cultural factors. The Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty and the Rajput kingdoms brought their own influences, while waves of Turkic, Persian, and Arabic invasions further shaped its evolution. Over time, Rajasthani language evolved and branched into several dialects, each exhibiting unique linguistic and cultural characteristics. Major dialects include Marwari, Mewari, Shekhawati, Dhundhari, Harauti, and Wagdi.

Rajasthani language has played a pivotal role in the development of a rich and diverse literary tradition in Rajasthan. The region has produced a plethora of literary works in various genres, including poetry, prose, folk songs, and ballads. Early Rajasthani literature revolved around heroic tales, historical accounts, and religious themes, reflecting the valorous deeds of Rajput warriors and the influence of Bhakti and Sufi traditions.

Rajasthani language holds immense cultural significance for the people of Rajasthan. It is not just a means of communication, but a cultural emblem that preserves and transmits folk tales, folklore, music, and oral traditions across generations. Rajasthani language embodies the spirit of the region, resonating with the vibrant Rajasthani culture, traditions, and ethos.

Throughout history, Rajasthani language has nurtured and inspired numerous poets and writers who have left an indelible mark on Rajasthani literature. Legends such as Meera Bai, Mirabai, Kavi Kallol, and Kanhaiyalal Sethia have enriched the literary landscape with their evocative verses, exploring themes of love, devotion, and the beauty of Rajasthan’s landscapes. Languages of India

Rajasthani language stands as a testament to the cultural richness and historical legacy of Rajasthan. From its ancient roots to the present day, it has witnessed the ebb and flow of history, absorbing influences and evolving into a vibrant linguistic entity.

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Rajasthani Literature: A Tapestry of Tradition and Diversity

Rajasthan, the land of vibrant culture and rich heritage, has a literary tradition that's as diverse and colorful as its people and landscapes. Rajasthani literature, often overshadowed by the more widely recognized Hindi and Urdu literature, is a treasure trove of folklore, legends, poetry, and prose that reflects the essence of Rajasthan's history and ethos. In this blog, we'll explore the enchanting world of Rajasthani literature.

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The Linguistic Landscape: Multilingual Melting Pot

Rajasthan's linguistic diversity mirrors its cultural richness. The state is home to several languages and dialects, but the prominent literary languages include Rajasthani, Marwari, and Dhundhari. Rajasthani, in particular, serves as a vibrant canvas for the state's literary expression.

Folklore and Ballads: Echoes of the Desert

Traditional Folk Songs: Rajasthani folklore is replete with traditional folk songs like the "Padharo Mhare Des" (Welcome to My Land) and "Kesariya Balam" that have transcended time and continue to enchant audiences.

Devotional Music: The devotional songs dedicated to folk deities like Pabuji and Devnarayan are an integral part of Rajasthani literature. The Dholis and Bhopas sing these soul-stirring ballads during their performances.

Prithviraj Raso: The Epic Ballad of Valor

Prithviraj Raso, composed by Chand Bardai, is an epic poem that narrates the heroic deeds of Prithviraj Chauhan, a Rajput king. This iconic work is not only a literary masterpiece but also an invaluable historical document.

Pabuji Ki Phad: The Epic Canvas of Devotion

Pabuji Ki Phad is a famous Rajasthani folk epic that chronicles the life and adventures of Pabuji, a local deity. These painted scrolls, accompanied by narration and song, are an exquisite blend of art and literature.

Folk Literature: Stories by the Fireside

Rajasthani literature is also rich in folk tales and stories passed down through generations. These stories often center around Rajput valor, local legends, and tales of love and sacrifice.

Modern Rajasthani Literature: A Renaissance

The 20th century witnessed a resurgence of Rajasthani literature. Writers like Vijaydan Detha, Kanhaiyalal Sethia, and Nand Kishore Acharya made significant contributions to contemporary Rajasthani poetry, fiction, and essays.

Challenges and Preservation

Despite its cultural significance, Rajasthani literature faces challenges related to standardization and preservation. Efforts are underway to digitize and catalog Rajasthani manuscripts to ensure their survival.

Rajasthani Literature in Popular Culture

Elements of Rajasthani literature frequently find their way into popular culture. Bollywood movies often feature Rajasthani folk songs and dance forms like Ghoomar.

Festivals and Celebrations: A Literary Extravaganza

Rajasthan hosts several literary festivals, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, where writers, poets, and literary enthusiasts converge to celebrate literature in all its forms.

A Literary Gem Unearthed

Rajasthani literature is a hidden gem in India's vast literary landscape. Its tales of valor, love, and devotion, passed down through generations, continue to captivate those who delve into its rich tapestry. To truly understand the heart of Rajasthan, one must explore the intricate words and rhythms of Rajasthani literature—a journey that promises to be as enchanting as the deserts and palaces of this remarkable land.

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‘Khamma ghani sa, padharo mhare desh.’ Hello, welcome to my land, Marwar, and welcome to essays on Jodhpur. This essay focuses on the beauty and charm of the language of Marwar.

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The Language of Marwar

Words immersed in a sincere sweetness, painted with kingly honour and grace, form the language of this princely state of Rajasthan, Marwar. If you’ve ever been addressed with a ‘Sa’, you’ve met a Marwari!

The language of Marwar is Marwari, essentially a dialect of the Rajasthani language, mostly spoken in the Jodhpur (Marwar) region. Although, over time and generations, Hindi and English have become the main languages spoken by the people of Jodhpur, a stubborn lot of Marwaris still hold on to their heritage, the language, Marwari. Marwari is also spoken in parts of Gujarat, Haryana and Eastern Pakistan. 

While the younger generation may deem it funny, this language is filled with immeasurable love and mystical charm that attracts anyone subject to it. The city folk take pride in their ability to speak English, the common folk still revel in the beauty of their native language.

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1. Hello and Goodbye – Ram Ram Sa 2. Asking forgiveness/Forgive me – Khamma Ghani Sa (Loosely used as a greeting for elders)  3. How are you? – Kai haalchal hai/Kikar ho sa? 4. Fine/Good, thank you. – Theek/Badhiya, aabhaar 5. Thanks- Dhanyawaad

Also, read- What’s In A Name? | Essays On Jodhpur

Some popular Marwari idioms-

1. अक्कल बड़ी के भैंस? (Akal badi ya bhains?) Knowlegde dominates mere strength.

2. उल्टो चोर कोतवाल नै डांटै   (Ulta chor kotwal ne daatein) Blaming others knowing that you’re in the wrong.

3. कुए मैँ पड़कर सूको कोई भी निकलै ना  (Kuien mein padkar sukho koi bhi nikle na) You’ll reap what you sow.

You can check out more idioms here .

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In my household, the language is still prevalent and among several people I know, Marwari is an everyday tongue. While conversing with the elderly, we often use Marwari, and it’s endearing to see their reaction to us speaking it. On the other hand, it’s also disheartening to see how people are forgetting their roots just to be in league with the world. Half the youngsters would shy away if asked to speak Marwari and the other half would nonchalantly pronounce their lack of knowledge of the same. Unfortunately, Marwari doesn’t possess the label of an official language, but some of the passionate folks are trying their best to help it get recognised as an official language in Rajasthan. 

How do you preserve a language? By speaking it.

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That sa ending makes it look like a musical language.

It does, indeed! Thanks for stopping by! <3

You’ve enchantingly brought out the beauty of the language. I am myself a Marwari(my native place is Sujangarh, on the Nagaur-Churu border) and the language is still spoken by elders in the family, but it’s disheartening to see that it’s not been given an official status. I don’t understand how linguists can call such a unique and and colourful language a dialect of hindi. It’s so different from it with such a large and distinguished vocabulary. People believe it’s just normal hindi with a lot of tharo and mharo all over the place. But it isn’t the case.

Haha, true that! Thanks for stopping by!

Di could you tell me greetings words other than khanna ghani sa and Ram Ram .

Khamma ghani sa*

You can use- Namaskaar, Jai Shree Krishna Sa.

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Rajasthani Language

Rajasthani Language

The language of Rajasthan is Rajasthani , an important language of Indo-Aryan family. It is spoken by around eighty million persons in Rajasthan and other states of India, and has eight major dialects, along with some “minor dialects” including.

Rajasthani was mentioned for the first time as ‘marubhasha ‘among the list  of 18 local languages  mentioned in the  “kuvlaymala” written by Udyotan Suri in 913 AD.

“RAJASTHANI” word for the state language was used for the first time by George Abraham Grierson in the linguistic  survey of india in 1912 AD.

Origin & Evolution of Rajasthani language:

  • It is believed that out of three apabrahmasha languages – marugurjari apabrahmasha had a major impact on rajasthani language in its earliest phase and marubhasha(rajasthani) evolved out of it (other two being surseni and naagar apabrahmasha).
  • Rajasthani Language is an Indo-Aryan language having its roots in Vedic Sanskrit and Sauraseni Prakrit .
  • Suaraseni Prakrit – initially language of Mathura region – spread westwards (towards modern Gujarat & Saurashtra) and developed modification and called Gurjara Apabhramsa or Gurjari
  • From Gurjari developed Maru-Gurjar, a common language of Rajasthan & Gujarat. It started taking definite linguistic pattern from 1050 AD.
  • From 1450, Rajasthani & Gujarati, started to get differentiate and in subsequent centuries distinct Rajasthani language ( Maru-Bhasha ) ( Dingal ) developed.
  • From 16 th century onwards it started developing as an independent language.
  • In eastern region Dingal mixed with Braj-bhasha of Mathura and formed
  • While Dingal was used for composing songs for war & ceremonies, Pingal was used for composing poems of love & devotional nature.
  • Why? Development of Khadi boli (both language & literature)

Salient Features of Rajasthani Language:

  • Rajasthani is name given to group of dialects spoken in Rajasthan.
  • George Abraham Grierson (1908) was the first scholar who gave the nomenclature ‘Rajasthani’ to the language, which was earlier known through its various dialects.
  • Recognized as a distinct literary language by Sahitya Academy (National Academy of letters) & University Grants Commission (UGC).
  • Script is Devanagri.
  • 10 vowels and 31 consonants.
  • Two genders
  • Fund of folk literature consisting of ballads, songs, proverbs, folk tales and panegyrics.
  • In 2003 the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly – passed a unanimous resolution to insert recognition of Rajasthani into the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India. Present Status: Not included .
  • Reasons for less propagation: lack of comprehensive reference grammar and latest dictionary prepared based on a thorough linguistic survey of Rajasthan.

Dialects of Rajasthani:

  • Marwari is the most spoken dialect of Rajasthani Language – Marwar – Western rajasthan
  • It is spoken in the western areas of Jodhpur , Bikaner , Nagaur , Barmer , Jaisalmer , Pali and some areas of shekhawati.
  • Sub dialects are – Thali and Godvadi
  • Spoke in Mewar region primarily Udaipur , Chittorgarh , Rajsamand and Bhilwara .
  • It has two variants “pahadi mewari”(hilly areas) and “maidani Mewari”(in the plains).
  • Dhundhari is the 2 nd most spoken dialect of Rajasthan Language.
  • Related to the ancient region of dhundad (amer).
  • The dialect has an impact of gujarati language in it ( the usage of word “che” is common in areas where it is spoken – Jaipur , Dausa , bagru and dudu )
  • Sub dialects are – torawati , nagarchal and rajavati.
  • Spoken mainly in Mewat Region – North east of Jaipur – Alwar region
  • Spoken mainly by the “mev” community of alwar and bharatpur
  • Spoken in Bundi, Kota, Tonk, Jhalawar & Baran – region
  • The usage of gujarati word “che” is common in this dialect as well.
  • Related to the ancient malwa region of madhyapradesh
  • parts of Jhalawar/Kota – near to Malwa of MP
  • Sub dialects are – Raangadi and Nimadi
  • Nimadi – north Nimach and Bhansawar
  • Spoken in the vaagad area of dungarpur and banswara
  • Bagri – Northeastern Churu
  • Bhili – by bhils – Dungarpur
  • Related to churu , jhunjhunu  hanumangarh, suratgarh and ganganagar.
  • Minor Rajasthani Dialects are Dhatki, Godwari, Gujari, Gurgula, Goaria, Lambadi, Sansiboli, Kanjar Boli, Pardi, Gujuri, Lambadi, Bawari, Loari, Gawaria and Bishnoi Boli.

Scripts of Rajasthan Language

Rajasthani language has two scripts – Mudia and Devnagari Script .

Sahitya Academy Winners for Rajasthani Language:

2015Madhu AcharyaGawaad (Novel) 
2014Rampal Singh RajpurohitSundar Nain Sudha
1975Mani MadhukarPagfero (Poetry) 
1974Vijaydan DethaBatan Ri Phulwari Vol. X (Folk-tales)

Prominent Linguist of Rajasthani:

  • Kan Singh Parihar: English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Marwari, Rajasthani, 1940
  • Anvita Abbi: Bagri, 1993
  • Christopher Shackle: Bagri and Saraiki, 1976
  • David Magier: Marwari, 1983
  • George Abraham Grierson : Almost all the dialects of Rajasthani, 1920
  • George Macalister: Dhundhari and Shekhawati, 1892
  • Gopal Parihar: Bagri, 2004–present
  • John D. Smith: Rajasthani, 1970–present
  • J. C. Sharma: Gade lohar, Bagri or Bhili, Gojri, 1970–present
  • Kali Charan Bahl: Rajasthani, 1971–1989
  • K. C. Agrawal: Shekhawati, 1964
  • L. P. Tessitori: Rajasthani and Marwari, 1914–16
  • Lakhan Gusain: all the dialects of Rajasthani, 1990–present
  • Liudmila Khokhlova: Rajasthani and Marwari, 1990–present
  • Narottam Das Swami: Rajasthani and Marwari, 1960
  • Peter E. Hook: Rajasthani and Marwari, 1986
  • Ram Karan Asopa: Rajasthani and Marwari, 1890–1920
  • Sita Ram Lalas: Rajasthani language, 1950–1970
  • Saubhagya Singh Shekhawat Rajasthani, : Rajasthani Shabd-Kosh part I Sanshodhan Parivardhan, 1945–present
  • Suniti Kumar Chatterjee: Rajasthani, 1948–49
  • W.S. Allen: Harauti and Rajasthani, 1955–60

Rajasthani Language in Recent NEWS:

  • Development of Unicode: The Rajasthan State government is developing a unified unicode of Rajasthani languages for international recognition. The initiative will also help in the claim to get it included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Read More

Rajasthan Culture - Celebrating Rajasthani Culture & Beauty In Diversity

1.  attithi devo bhavo.

Culture of Rajasthan, Rajasthan Culture

'Attithi Devo bhavo' means to treat your guests like as you would treat God. This principle is a part of the Rajasthani Culture. They treat their guests well and make them want to visit again. Most of the people in Rajasthan are involved in tourism-related jobs and hence take this principle very seriously as they earn their revenue due to the tourists and have pledged to serve them. A popular folk song ' Padharo Mhare Desh'  literary means 'Welcome to my country'. Rajasthan Hospitality is famous all over the world.

2. Folk Music And Dance

Since many rulers ruled Rajasthan, each region has its own folk culture. The folk music and dance of Rajasthan are similar due to their geographical confinement, but each differs in their unique style. Manganiyars and Langas are two prominent groups that contributed to the Rajasthan folk music. They perform 'ragas' (songs) for different purposes. Like during the pre-monsoon time, they would perform ragas to call forth the rains. Other famous groups are Banjaras, Mirasis, Jogis, and much more.

Many traditional instruments are used by them that include sarangi, kamayach, dhols, shenhai, and been. Folk songs were usually for certain purposes like weddings or birth or were passed to tell a story of bravery or a romantic tale. They were usually in the form of ballads. The dance is varied as well. Dance differed among different tribes. It was mainly for the entertainment of the people and the king. Some of the dances include chang, ghoomer, bhopa, tejali, and kathipuli. Ghoomer dance, which originated in Udaipur, has gained international recognition and appreciation.

3. Food and Cuisine of Rajasthan

Culture of Rajasthan, Rajasthan Culture

As a tourist, there are some foods that you need to try. Rajasthani food is known for its various spices and also its sweetness. Rajasthan is most famous for dalbati - A dish comprising of dal and wheat flour kneaded with yoghurt and dressed in ghee. It is also famous for kachori - the kachori in Rajasthan are of two types - sweet and spicy. The spicy kachori is called the pyaaz or onion kachori, and the sweet kachori called the mawa kachori. Both these kachoris are easily available in any food stalls in Rajasthan. Ghewar and gheriya are some delectable sweet dishes originating from Mewar, available in most restaurants at Rajasthan. Most of the Rajasthani dishes are made in ghee. More than 70% of people in Rajasthan are Lacto vegetarian making it one of the most vegetarian states in India. However, non-vegetarian dished like Lal Maas and Mohan Maas are delicacies in Rajasthani cuisine. Read more about the food of Rajasthan . 

4. Architecture

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The architectural style in Rajasthan is as diverse as its people. You get to evidence some of the exemplary sites of Islamic, Hindu, colonial and even modern architecture. Rajasthan should be your next place to visit if you are a lover of architecture and appreciate monumental buildings, heritage sites and different styles of design. The Jain temple in Ranakpur was built in the 15th century. The style of architecture is M'ru-Gurjara Architecture (styles that include various structures and shapes). It is a western Indian architecture style with various domes and carvings on the pillars and the ceilings.

The Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur is an architecture of Beaux-Arts style along with a blend of eastern and western architectural styles in spite of being built by Maharaja Jai sign II, a Hindu ruler. Jaisalmer Fort and Golden Fort were built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. The fort contains several gates, Jain temples and Havelis and is included as a world heritage site by UNESCO. There are only a few examples of architectural sites that Rajasthan holds. Other sites include memorials, forts, heritage hotels, etc. The Pink City of Jaipur has been named the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

5. Religions

There has been a strong influence of religion on Rajasthan. Most residents of Rajasthan are Hindus (mainly Vaishnavas), Muslims, and Jains. There are various temples that are important pilgrim sites like the Lodrakar and Ranakpur Jain Temple, Jagdish temple, etc.

6. Handicrafts

Culture of Rajasthan, Rajasthan Culture

If you visit Rajasthan, be sure to reserve a few hours or even a day for shopping. You will find beautiful carpets, garments, jewellery and more, that are all made by the local people. Any leather item is usually camel leather - they use it making journals, shoes and bags. The carpets are made from the hand-knitting techniques and much like Persian carpets; they have a geometric design and borders. There are also many miniature items made out of red sand or clay as toys for kids or decoration pieces with bells attached to it. You may also find safah or pagri (traditional headwear) in most of the shops that you may bring back as a memory from the place.

Shopping in Rajasthan is very reasonable and is an opportunity not to be missed. Antiques are a whole different thing. If you like to collect antiques, there are various sellers in Rajasthan. However, do some research on which sellers are authorised so that you are aware of where you can purchase them. Most antiques are things that were the possessions of the kings.

If you love viewing different antiques, do not worry, as you definitely will not be disappointed. There are various museums in Rajasthan with an astounding collection of antiques.

7. Camels and Camel Festivities

Camels are commonly found animals in Rajasthan. Camels are desert animals that are meant to survive conditions of scarcity of water, extreme winds, heat and cold due to their biology. Most camps in Rajasthan will include camel rides, and you will get to experience how well the camels can travel in deserts due to their long footed legs. Camel fairs take place every year in Bikaner, Pushkar and other regions. It is a festival or celebration of sorts dedicated to the ship of the desert and their owners. There are various events and competitions carried out for fun like camel race and camel dance. These festivals are usually held for two days.

8. Birth & Death Customs

The people of Rajasthan celebrate 'Samskaras'. Samskaras are events that cause a turning point in one's life. There total such 16 events that they celebrate. Garbandhan (conception), Pumsvan (ceremony performed by those who desire a male child), Seemantonayan (ceremony for the expecting mother to keep her spirits high), Jatakarma (the child is fed mother's milk or the first time after birth), Namkaran (naming ceremony), Nishkraman (the infant sees the sun and the moon for the first time), Annaprashan (child is given solid food to eat for the first time), Chudakaran (a lock of hair is kept, and the remaining is shaved off), Karna-vedha (ears are pierced), Upanayan-Vedarambha (thread ceremony after which the child begins his studies), Keshanta (hair is cut, and guru Dakshina is given), Samavartan (Person returns home after studies are completed), Vivaha (marriage), Vanaprastha (retirement), Sanyas (shedding away all responsibilities and relationships) and Antyeshthi (rites did after death) are the 16 Samskaras. The birth of a child is an event of celebration in which copper plates are beaten together when the child is born along with celebratory gunfire to announce the birth of the child. The child is named eleven days after he or she is born. This is called 'Namkaran'.

Another interesting custom is 'Mundan', in which the hair of the child is shaved completely as it is believed that the hair carries negativity from the child's past life.

9. Traditional Dresses of Rajasthan

The women wear sarees with the 'odhni' covering their head as a sign of respect. The men wear dhotis and kurtas with a headgear called pagri or safah.

The designs on their clothing are either embroidered or dotted. The material of the clothing is usually cotton and even silk for women.

10. Language

Rajasthan depends majorly on income earned via tourism. Thus most of the people have learned English or Hindi or perhaps both to be able to communicate the travellers. However, some dialects originating from Rajasthan include Marwari, Malvi, Mevati, Jaipuri/Dhundari of which the most famous is Marwari.

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Rajasthan: the marwari language.

Travelling in Rajasthan in February 2008 Jaipur >> Shekhawati >> Pushkar >> Jaisalmer >> Jodhpur + Previous: Jaipur Information + Next: Glimpses of Shekhawati

Hindi is the most prevalent tongue in Jaipur. Raju speaks Hindi fluently, and a little bit of English if needed. Most of the signs I see – on the road and in front of the shops – are usually in both Hindi and English. Sometimes in just one of the two languages.

But Rajasthan’s primary language is Marwari. If you go deeper into the desert, its not hard to find elderly people and women who speak Marwarai alone and nothing else. Raju himself uses Marwari when he speaks to people he knows, or when he is at home. Talking at length about the local language with him, I learn that Marwari is not taught in schools, and children begin their learning with Hindi. The state machinery too, uses Hindi as the primary language. It comes for a surprise me, having hailed from south where all the states are keen to maximize utilization of their own language, or at least pretend to.

Further, Raju talks of an attitude to the local language that is prevalent in most large cities. He tells me that it is ‘uncool’ to be speaking Marwari, and that people who move up the economic ladder prefer to speak Hindi in public. That’s a kind of position I have seen people taking back in Bangalore too, and once also in Chennai when I was there for a short duration. Only, people prefer to speak English and pretend as though they don’t know much of Kannada (in Bangalore), or Tamil (in Chennai).

Neglect of Marwari is evident as I traverse further in Rajasthan. Talking for almost an hour with the intern guide who took me around Podar Haveli in Navalgarh, I learn that he also writes poems. ‘Which language?’ I ask him immediately, and he says ‘Hindi,’ in a manner as though it is obvious. Next, I ask him what do they speak at home, and it turns out to be Marwari. He had never even thought of a possibility of writing something in Marwari. In another incidence in Pushkar, I was talking to a priest who tells me that he had visited Bangalore recently. “We have lot of people from my community there,” he tells me, “they have settled there for a long time. I went to visit them. There children no longer speak Marwari; they speak your language – what is it? – ‘Kannad.’ They speak ‘Kannad’; they speak English; they don’t speak Marwari.” He did not seem very happy about it, but wasn’t very upset at the same time.

I am not sure why Marwari is not actively promoted or used in Rajasthan. Once in a while a short movie is made and a book or two comes out written in Marwari, but there is no regular literary activity. One possibility is that the absence of a script and an unwillingness to adapt devnagri, which would have required using a different language for all written communications. The other thing that I can think – being close to the dominating Hindi belt, Rajasthan and Rajasthanis could have thought it prudent to adapt the more prevalent language. There could be clues in history too, where the rulers before independence might have welcomed and encouraged spread of Hindi. Or it could well be simple lack of interest in one’s own language. Whatever be it, it is very possible that the tongues that do not get support in education system and government may start fading over the years, and may even disappear a few centuries later. Another case of survival of the fittest.

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Students are often asked to write an essay on Rajasthan in their schools and colleges. And if you’re also looking for the same, we have created 100-word, 250-word, and 500-word essays on the topic.

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Introduction.

Rajasthan, a state in India, is known for its rich culture and heritage. It’s famous for its palaces, forts, and deserts.

Rajasthan’s culture is vibrant and colorful. It’s known for its folk music, dance, and art. The state’s traditional attire is also very unique.

Tourist Attractions

Rajasthan is home to many historical sites and monuments. Some of the popular ones are Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal, Udaipur’s Lake Palace, and Jaisalmer’s Golden Fort.

250 Words Essay on Rajasthan

Rajasthan, located in the northwestern part of India, is a state renowned for its rich cultural heritage and historical significance. It is a land of vibrant colors, majestic forts, and a thriving folk culture that vividly encapsulates the spirit of India.

Historical Significance

Cultural heritage.

Rajasthan’s cultural heritage is as diverse as it is vibrant. The state is famous for its traditional music and dance forms, such as Ghoomar and Kalbeliya. The colourful attire, exquisite jewellery, and unique handicrafts add to the state’s cultural richness. The lively fairs and festivals, like the Pushkar Camel Fair and the Desert Festival, attract tourists from across the globe.

Rajasthan’s economy is primarily agricultural, but it also has a significant industrial sector. The state is the largest producer of wool in India and is known for its textile industry. In addition, Rajasthan is rich in mineral resources, including marble, gypsum, and zinc.

Rajasthan is a state that beautifully blends tradition with modernity. Its rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse economy make it a fascinating study for students of history, culture, and economics. The state’s charm lies in its ability to preserve its past while embracing the future, making it an epitome of the Indian spirit.

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Rajasthan’s history is marked by the rule of several powerful kingdoms, each leaving an indelible imprint on its cultural fabric. The Rajputs, known for their chivalry and valor, ruled over Rajasthan for centuries, building magnificent forts and palaces that stand as a testament to their architectural genius. The influence of Mughal and British rule also shaped Rajasthan’s socio-political landscape, adding layers of complexity to its history.

Cultural Diversity

Rajasthan’s culture is a vibrant tapestry woven with the threads of music, dance, art, and cuisine. The state is known for its folk music and dance forms like Ghoomar and Kalbeliya, which are integral to its cultural identity. The art scene is equally diverse, with miniature paintings, blue pottery, block printing, and stone carving being popular. The cuisine, marked by its unique flavor profiles, is a gastronomic delight, with dishes like Dal Baati Churma and Laal Maas standing out.

Geographical Features

Rajasthan’s geography is as diverse as its culture. The Aravalli Range, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, bisects the state into two geographical entities – the Thar Desert to the west and fertile plains to the east. The state is also home to several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, including Ranthambore and Sariska, which house a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Economic Landscape

The economy of Rajasthan is multifaceted, with agriculture, mining, and tourism being the major contributors. The state is the largest producer of oilseeds, wool, and sandstone in India. The rich mineral resources, including marble and garnet, contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Tourism, driven by the state’s rich heritage and natural beauty, also plays a crucial role in its economic growth.

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Essay on Rajasthan in English, Rajasthan is the largest state in India. It is also known by the name of the ‘Land of Maharajas.’ This state covers an area of about 342,239 sq. km. There are 33 districts in Rajasthan and Jaipur is known as the largest city of this state. Moreover, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. It is located on the western side of the country, still, it shares its border with the country, Pakistan to its northwest and Sindh to its west.

To its north, it shares its borders with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana to its northeast, and to its northeast, it has Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to its southwest.

The Land of Kings, Rajasthan was ruled by Rajputs for a long time. Till date, they are regarded in very high appreciation. The Royal Rajputs of Rajasthan were the progenies of the Kshatriyas or the warriors of Vedic India.

The Indus Valley Civilization was situated in Rajasthan, which is considered the first and oldest civilization in the world. This state is renowned for its prime attractions, unique culture, palaces, temples, great forts, big fairs, and festivals.

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The glory of Rajasthan is retained by its majestic palaces, monuments, and forts. It has a lively culture and rich heritage, which attracts the attention of indefinite tourists from different parts of the world. They come to Rajasthan to explore the natural beauty and old heritage.

Its major attractions include the remnants of Indus Valley Civilization, Aravalli (the oldest mountain range), Karni Mata Mandir, a Jain pilgrimage site called Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu (the only hill station in this state), Keoladeo National Park (previously known as Bharatpur National Park), the Sariska Tiger Reserve, and the Ranthambore National Park.

This royal state also hosts one of the largest desert fairs that have its popularity in the entire world, where camel safari and other desert animals are there. The best method to explore this state is only by the luxurious trains such as Royal Rajasthan on Wheel and Place on Wheel.

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Popular tourist attractions.

There are many tourist attractions in Rajasthan, where people from all over the world visit and enjoy with their loved ones.

Thar Desert

The Rajasthan desert is also known as the Great Indian Desert, which is located in the west of the Rajasthan. The Thar Desert is the seventh-largest desert in the world and it is called by the name the ocean of sands. It is surrounded by the Aravalli ranges on the east, on the west by the Indus River, and on the south by Rann of Kutch.

It is very rich in flora and fauna. There are around 23 species of lizards and 25 species of snakes in this desert. The fauna of this wild desert includes blackbuck, wild cat, and Indian wild ass. A camel safari should not be missed.

As it is known as the land of kings, it is popular for its gorgeous temples, well-laid gardens, and attractive palaces. Some of them include Hawa Mahal, City Palaces, Alsisar Haveli, Lake Palace, Jai Mahal, and Umaid Bhavan. Umaid Bhavan is located at Chittar Hill, which is the highest point in Jodhpur and is known as the largest private residence in the world.

The Water Palace is situated in the center of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur, which is known as the pink city. All of these palaces signify the glory of Rajasthan and perfect examples of Rajput artistry made of pink and red sandstones.

There are many majestic forts, historic Havelis, and attractive palaces in Rajasthan. All of them are built by the Great Kings of Rajasthan. 14 forts are situated in Rajasthan. Chittorgarh Fort is the biggest fort in the country and even the grandest in the state.

The Jaisalmer Fort is also situated in Rajasthan and is known as the Golden Fort. Other big forts in this state are Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort (Cheel ka Teela or Hill of Eagles), desert forts of Jodhpur, and many others.

Rajasthan is a colorful state of the country. One can discover its vibrant and diverse dances, culture, customs, and music. It has highly sophisticated classical music and dance with its unique style. It is the rich cultural tradition of the state.

The Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer and the Ghoomar dance of Udaipur are popular in the whole world. Rajasthani clothes are also well-known in the country. Such clothes are equipped with a lot of mirror work and embroidery. Chaniya Choli is the traditional female dress of Rajasthan. As it is a desert area, the economy of Rajasthan is primarily pastoral and agricultural.

Along with other things, the cuisine of this state is also very rich with a unique flavor. There is a wide range of dishes included in the Rajasthani cuisine, which are dal bati churma, Rajasthani sweets, and Rajasthani thali. Dal, bati, and churma is the best food in Rajasthan.

Other popular food items include Mawa Kachori from Jodhpur, Rassgollas from Bikaner, Ghevar from Jaipur, Malpauas from Pushkar, and Alwar ka Mawa. The Chokhi Dhani is considered the best place when it comes to enjoying the culture, tradition, and tasty dishes of Rajasthan.

Festivals and Fairs

This state is also well-known for its colorful festivals and fairs. Teej, Desert Festival, Pushkar Fair, Livestock fair, Bharatpur Brij Festival, and many other festivals are celebrated in Rajasthan. Brij Mahotsava is the most important fair to be celebrated in Rajasthan and it comes before Holi and is dedicated to Lord Krishna.

This land of kings is a haven for shoppers. There are traditionally rich handicrafts and handlooms. The popular marketplaces in Rajasthan are Bapu Bazaar, Jauhari Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, MI Road, Tripolia Bazaar, etc. The capital city, Jaipur is known for its gems, jewelry, and stones, which are available in different designs, colors, and styles.

There are popular items one can buy in Rajasthan, which are Puppets of Jaisalmer, handicrafts from Bikaner, and Pottery from Jaipur.

Rajasthan is a state, which can give us the best traveling experience that will be memorable for our entire life.

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The colourful cultures of rajasthan.

A land where royalty is the way of living. A land where colours represent emptions. A land where celebrations know no boundaries and usher festivity among everyone. And a land that has endured its diverse range of cultures in the most benevolent ways.

Welcome to Rajasthan, the ‘Cultural Capital of India’! One of the most alluring tourist destinations in the world, the ‘Land of Maharajas’ is one such place that showcases the most exuberant colours and cultures. From the costumes to people’s food habits, religious celebrations to social gatherings, Rajasthan is still adhered to its diverse traditions and rich cultures. Let’s embark on a sojourn through this imperial land and know why it is fondly called the ‘Cultural Capital of India’; let’s know about the cultural aspects of Rajasthan!

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Rajasthan has a history that is as old as the history of Indus Valley and Harappan Civilization. The first traces of human settlements that were found around Brahmavatra, Mehranagrh and Rewari regions were estimated to be more than 5,000 years old. Further evidences found all across the state, made it very evident that this part of the country was initially inhibited by a diverse range of tribal groups. Among these tribes, the Bhils, Minas, Lohars, Garasias, and Sahariyas were the most dominant ones.

The tribal areas were eventually conquered and ruled by Arjunyas, Kushans, and several other before the establishment of the Rajputana clan in Rajasthan. Today, though, Rajput cultures and traditions are being primarily followed, several parts of the state still follow its tribal ethnicity and practices.

essay on rajasthani language

Being a mix of faiths, practices, and diversities, Rajasthan showcase a vibrant display of cultures. Life in this desert land is all about traditional ways of living. Be it the architecture, costumes, cuisine, local dialects, arts and crafts, or its fairs and festivals, you can always find a unique charm and plethora of celebrations while travelling around this state.

Today, Rajasthan has developed like any other Indian state. However, unlike them, this gorgeous state has endured all its cultural aspects and never hesitates to introduce the outer world with them. Let’s delve deep into the cultures of Rajasthan and have a livelier glimpse of how life thrives in this desert land of India.

Traditional Costumes

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Bright colours, intricate designs, mirror works, and chunks of silver or other pieces of jewellery are the most important elements of Rajasthani attires. Be it the men or the women, they all love to adorn themselves in thwe most colourful ways while being grounded to their tradition and cultural values.

Since the state is dotted with a diverse range of cultures, dressing among the locals vary from according to their region. However, they showcase a striking range of similarities. Men usually love to don colourful turbans called ‘pagri’; the Jodhpuri Safa and Jaipuriya Pagri are the two most popular variants of pagris used in Rajasathan.

While in some places, ‘dhotis’ are considered to be the primary wear, ‘pyjamas’ can also be seen in most of the places as the traditional attire for the lower portion of the body. Rajasthani men are also inclined towards ‘kurta’ or a traditional dress called ‘angrakha’ that resembles much to the frocks worn by ladies.

Women in Rajasthan has a strong bond with colourful clothing and classical jewelleries. While ‘sari’ is considered as the most traditional women-wear, women in the ‘Desert Capital’ of India loves to wear colourful ‘ghagras’. Usually worn from the waist, this skirt-type dress reaches till the ankle. They mostly prefer hand-printed, block-printed, or dyed ghagras along with a blouse called ‘cholis’. Be it the ghagra or the cholis, they are never complete without matching set of jewelleries. In some cases, you would also find ghagras laced with precious metals, stones, or even diamonds!

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With Hindi as the most commonly spoken language, you can always find the mix of local essence among the Rajasthanis. Each of the region has its own dialect and; you may also find new words or linguistic scriptures as you move around the entire of the Desert Capital of India. Though language is a diverse aspect, you would always find all the forms and dialect equally soothing to your ears.

Music and Dance Forms

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Music has always been an integral part of Rajasthani Culture. Historical evidences found across the state clearly shows its affinity and inclination towards folk music and dance. Being dominated by tribal groups in the past, tribal or folk music plays a pivotal role in the culture of Rajasthan.

To name a few, there are the Ghoomar dance form originating from Udaipur and Kalbeliya dance form originating from Jaisalmer. Other popular and prismatic dance form includes Kathaputali, Bhopa, Chang, Teratali, Ghindar, Kachchighori, Tejaji, Parth, and several others.

Talking about the folk songs of Rajasthan, they mostly include the heroic tales, eternal love stories, and devotional songs. The use of traditional musical instruments like dholak, sarangi, sitar, and others make Rajasthani music a true euphoric experience for the listeners and music enthusiasts.

Art, Crafts & Architecture

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The rulers of Rajasthan were patrons of art, crafts, and architecture; the opulent palaces, glorious forts, intricate metal works, textile printings, mirror works, etc. are lively examples of this! Most of the Rajput rulers were connoisseurs of art and crafts, and have periodically showed their extravagant skills in multiple ways.

Their exquisite taste caused the perfect amalgamation of different types of art-forms into one; mainly Indian (or Hindu forms), Islamic, British, and European. Their yearning for art, craft and architecture, makes it pretty evident that they were much ahead of their time. Their visionary skills, eye for perfection, and cravings for the most elegant establishments is truly unique and cannot be matched in the coming centuries.

Be it the opulent architecture, miniature paintings, handicrafts, or even the art forms used in puppetry, culture of Rajasthan is truly inspiring for the entire world and a true delight for the eyes of the beholders. Tie-dye works, zari work, embroidery, mirror work on clothes, use of precious metals, and other metal works are some of the indigenous forms of Rajasthani traditional form of art and crafts.

Fairs & Festivals

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The culture of Rajasthan is mainly driven by its fairs and festivals. Be it a religious festival or a regional one, a celebration for good-will or to mark any of the historical events of past, the mighty Thar Desert celebrates all its events with great enthusiasm and vigour. While most of its fairs and festivals follow the Hindu beliefs and practises, the entire of the state participates in the celebrations and make each of them a gala event.

Diwali, Gangaur, Teej, and Makar Sankranti are some of the most revered festivals in India’s Desert Capital. Also, since the culture of Rajasthan has an eternal bond with camels, the state hosts a number of events to commemorate this bond throughout the year. Kite Festival, Desert Festival, Pushkar Mela, and Jaipur Literature Fest are some of the most appealing and colourful annual festivals in this part of the country.

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Rajasthan is a beautiful state with a diverse culture. Some essential aspects of the rich culture of Rajasthan are its food, festivals, and monuments. Furthermore, Rajasthan has a variety of people with different religions, languages, and backgrounds. All these people treat tourists with great hospitality. Hence, Rajasthan is the best place if you want to explore a place with a rich culture in India.

In this article, you will get a detailed overview of all the significant aspects of the culture of Rajasthan, including food, festivals, dresses, architecture, art, and dance forms.

History and Culture of Rajasthan

History of rajasthan

According to research, Rajasthan is at least 5000 years old state. Indus Valley civilization dominated the land of Rajasthan. Apart from this, kings ruled this state from 11 th to 19 th century. These kings were from various ethnicities, including the Rajputs, Mughals, and Marathas. Due to this, a variety of art forms, traditions, and rituals developed in Rajasthan. Also, many historical temples, dargahs, forts, etc., were built in these centuries.

Culture 

Culture of Rajasthan

Rajasthan welcomes its tourists with open arms. Rajasthanis believe in ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, or guests are a form of god. Hence, it is a tourist-friendly state, and the livelihood of many people depends upon tourism.

Here are some important aspects of the culture of Rajasthan:

  • Food : Rajasthani food includes dal bati churma, laal maas, ghewar, etc.
  • Traditional dance: Famous dance forms include Ghoomar, Chang, and Kathipuli.
  • Clothes: Rajasthani men like to wear kurta and pajama along with headgear. Rajasthani women wear odhni (Skirt, dupatta, and blouse).
  • Language – Important languages of Rajasthan are Hindi and Rajasthani.

Atithi Devo Bhava

Atithi Devo Bhava

Rajasthan greets tourists like God. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ means guests are a form of god. This principle is deeply rooted in Rajasthani culture. Rajasthanis treat their guests with hospitality and kindness. Furthermore, many people in Rajasthan earn their living from tourism activities. Hence, they serve the tourists with utmost dedication. All this makes Rajasthan a tourist-friendly state.  

Traditional Rajasthani Attire

Traditional Rajasthani Attire for women

Traditional dress for Rajasthani women is ghagra, choli, and odhni. A ghagra is a skirt which covers the lower portion of the body. People use a variety of fabrics like silk or georgette to make ghagra. The most common prints of ghagra are tie ‘n dye, laharia, and bandhej. 

A choli covers the upper body of a woman. You can see Rajasthani women wearing various cholis with beautiful mirror work, cut work, corals, and shells. Apart from this, an odhni acts as a veil that helps women to cover their heads.

Traditional Rajasthani Attire for men

Rajasthani men wear angrakha and dhoti. A dhoti covers men’s lower body, whereas the angrakha covers the upper body. Also, the whole attire is completed with a pagari or a headgear. A headgear is the honor of Rajasthani men. You can also see some men wearing round balis or studs. 

Traditional Rajasthani Footwear

You can see Rajasthani people wearing mojaris or jootis. These are colorful and embroidered shoes made of goat, camel, or sheep skin.

Religion in Rajasthan

Religion in Rajasthan

Major religions in Rajasthan include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among these religions, Hinduism is the most popular religion, and Hindus constitute 88.49 percent of the population in Rajasthan. Apart from this, you can also find Christians, Muslims, and Sikhs in this state. 

If you want to explore the religious places in Rajasthan, you should visit the Birla Mandir Temple in Jaipur, Dilwara Jain Temple in Mount Abu, and Ukha Masjid in Bharatpur.

Cultural Festivals in Rajasthan 

Teej

Teej celebrates the arrival of monsoon in Rajasthan. Also, tourists can witness the procession of Goddess Parvati in Jaipur.

  • Months – August-September
  • Unique attractions- Malpua and Ghewar (sweets of Teej)

2. Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti: Also called the kite festival, Makar Sankranti is celebrated all across Rajasthan in January. You can see Rajasthanis flying kites and enjoying several sweets on this occasion.

  • Month – January 
  • Unique attractions- Fireworks, kites, Gajak

3. Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur Literature Festiva l: JLF is a world-famous literature festival. Many famous writers and Man Booker Prize winners attend this event to read, debate, and discuss at Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

Month – January

Unique attractions : Seminars, poetry shows, debate sessions

4. Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair : This is the most popular camel fair, attracting tourists from all across the globe. Highlights of the Pushkar Camel fair include the matka phod competition and turban tying competition.

Months – October- November

Unique attractions – Camel competitions, cultural shows

5. Rajasthan International Folk Festival

Rajasthan International Folk Festival

Rajasthan International Folk Festival: You can witness the vibrancy of the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in Jodhpur. This festival celebrates the dance, art, and music of Rajasthan.

Months – October

Unique attractions – Musical performances

Gangaur

Gangaur: The Gangaur Festival is celebrated to seek the blessings of Goddess Parvati. You can get a sight of fireworks, folk dances, and elephant processions at this festival. Additionally, people celebrate Gangaur for 18 days.

Months- March-April

Key attraction- Folk dance, elephant procession

Languages in Rajasthan

Languages in Rajasthan

You can find 19 different languages in Rajasthan. The most prominent among these languages are Hindi, Rajasthani, and English. Furthermore, there are various dialects of local Rajasthani languages. These include:

Marwari: This is the major dialect in Rajasthan. People of western Rajasthan speak Marwari.

Jaipuri/Dhundhari: Jaipuri dialect is prominent in the southeast regions of Rajasthan.

Malvi: People speak the Malvi dialect in Ujjain, Indore, and Mandsor.

Mewati: Mewati dialect is mostly spoken in the Alwar region of Rajasthan.

Other dialects of Rajasthan include Kishangarhi, Harauti, etc. 

Rajasthani Dance Forms 

Rajasthan dance forms - ghoomar

  • Ghoomar: Ghoomar is a famous dance form in Rajasthan. Travelers can see women in beautiful dresses clapping hands and twirling in this dance form.
  • Bhavai : Bhavai is truly a mind-blowing dance form of this state. Women dance within a plate while balancing six to seven pots on their heads. 
  • Kacchi Ghodi: Men ride on puppet horses to perform Kacchi Ghodi dance. Further, this dance tells the popular stories of bandits of the Shekhawati region.
  • Kathputli : Kathputli dance is unique to Rajasthan. You will be able to see dancing puppets and learn about interesting mythological stories.

Melodious Rajasthani Music 

Rajasthani music

The main contributors to Rajasthani music are Langas and Manganiyars. Apart from this, famous groups for music in Rajasthan include Jogis, Mirasis, and Banjaras. You can listen to different songs from these groups. Further, every song has a specific purpose. For instance, Rajasthani artists perform songs that tell a romantic tale during weddings. To perform these songs, they use shehnai, dhols, and sarangi.

Local Cuisine/Foods of Rajasthan 

Rajasthani thali

Rajasthan has a variety of delicious food and sweets for tourists. A must-try traditional dish of Rajasthan is dal bati churma. Apart from this, you should also try spicy items like kachori, mirchi bada, laal maas, and Bikaneri bhujia in Rajasthan. Sweets in Rajasthan include ghewar, moong dal halwa, and malpua. Here is a list of must-try dishes in Rajasthan with places to eat them:

Bikaneri BhujiaBhujia Bazar, Bikaner
Dal Baati ChurmaChoki Dhani, Jaipur
MalpuaPushkar
KachorisKota Kachori( various branches in Rajasthan)
Mirchi BadaManak Balaji ( Udaipur)
GhevarChhappan Bhog, Bikaner
Moong Dal HalwaNarayan Mishthan Bhandar, Jodhpur
BalushahiLaxmi Mishthan Bhandar, Jaipur
GujiaSodhani sweets, Jaipur
Laal MaasSpice Court, Jaipur

Art and Crafts of Rajasthan

Art and Crafts of Rajasthan

Rajasthan has unique art forms, which include blue pottery, miniature paintings, and embroidery. Apart from this, Rajasthani artists are also skilled in making jewelry and carving wood. Other notable handicrafts of Rajasthan include carpets, garments, leather items, and decorative items.  Some of the most popular art and crafts of Rajasthan are mentioned below:- 

Blue Pottery 

Blue Pottery

Jaipur is famous for its unique blue pottery. A unique thing about this pottery is that it is not made from clay. Instead, this pottery is made from multani mitti, glass, and quartz. Skilled artisans paint blue potteries to give them a royal look.

Jewellery

You can find hand-made earrings, bracelets, and bangles in Rajasthan. This jewelry consists of gems, metals, and precious stones. Kundan Minakari is a significant type of jewelry in this state.

Miniature Paintings

Miniature Painting

As the name suggests, miniature paintings are small paintings with beautiful artwork. These paintings developed significantly in the Mughal era due to the influence of Persian artists. Further, these paintings may depict stories like the love story of Radha Krishna.

Wood Work

Wood carving in Rajasthan is a blend of Hindu and Mughal art. You can see exciting woodwork in the palaces of Jaipur and Bikaner. 

Paper Making Industry

Hand made paper making industry

Rajasthan has a unique paper-making industry. These papers are hand-made and used for making gifts, diaries, and notebooks.

Rajasthani Embroidery

Rajasthani Embroidery

Embroidery is a distinct feature of Rajasthan. Also, you can find embroidery in many things like jewelry, bags, shoes, and leather. Among these, leather embroidery is the most popular.

Magnificent Architecture of Rajasthan

Architecture of Rajasthan

Rajasthani architecture is a blend of Hindu, Islamic, and colonial styles. Key elements of Rajasthani architecture are chhatris, jaalis, and jharokhas. Here is a list of buildings and monuments depicting the best architecture in Rajasthan:

  • Amber Fort, Jaipur: You should visit Amber Fort if you are interested in Rajput architecture. This fort is made from pink and pale yellow sandstone. 
  • City Palace, Udaipur : City Palace uniquely blends Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Also, the entire palace is made from marble and granite. Apart from this, you can see zigzag corridors, beautiful wall paintings and amazing mirrorwork in this palace.
  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur : Hawa Mahal is constructed with red and pink sandstones. It is a fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Furthermore, this mahal has 953 windows.
  • Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer : You can find astonishing yellow sandstone work and mirror works in Patwon ki Haveli. The carvings and balconies of this haveli are perfect examples of unique Rajasthani architecture. 
  • Chittorgarh Fort: Situated in Chhitorgarh, this fort is associated with bravery stories of Rajputs. Apart from this, the fort has seven gates and consists of Ratan Singh’s Palace and Rani Padmavati Palace.

 Wildlife 

Here is a list of the best places to explore the wildlife of Rajasthan 

Ranthambore National ParkSawai Madhopur
Keoladeo National ParkBharatpur
Chambal Wildlife SanctuaryDholpur
Kumbalgarh Wildlife SanctuaryKumbalgarh
Mount Abu Wildlife SanctuaryMount Abu
Desert National SanctuaryJaisalmer
Darrah Wildlife SanctuaryKota
Kailadevi Wildlife SanctuaryKarauli
Sita Mata Wildlife SanctuaryPratapgarh
Tal Chhappar SanctuaryChuru
Sariska National ParkAlwar

Tips for Travellers in Rajasthan

  • Stay for two days in every city of Rajasthan to explore the true colors of Rajasthan.
  • Select your accommodation wisely. You may stay in a traditional haveli or a luxurious hotel as per your preference.
  • Choose an authorized guide with an ID from the state government or tourism board.
  • Research the best places to shop before shopping in the city. For instance, Johri Bazar is the best place to buy jewelry in Jaipur.
  •  Visit the cultural hotspots of Rajasthan, like Choki Dhani in Jaipur and Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur, to immerse yourself in the culture of Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is the best place to visit in India for tourists because of its rich culture. In this article, we learned many things about the culture of Rajasthan in detail. We learned how tourists can explore various dance forms, listen to Rajasthani music, taste the local cuisine, and participate in the vibrant festivals of Rajasthan.  

If you are also planning a trip to Rajasthan, you can book our Rajasthan Tour Package for an amazing travel experience.

FAQ’s :-

Q: What are the tribes in Rajasthan?

Tribes in Rajasthan include Bhils, Damaria, Dhanka, Meenas, Patelia, Sahariya, Naikda and Nayaka.

Q: What are the popular folk tales of Rajasthan?

Popular Folktales of Rajasthan include Panna Dhai, Dhola Maru, Hadi Rani, and Wishing Tree.

Q: Which city is best to explore the culture of Rajasthan?

Jaipur is the best city to explore the culture of Rajasthan.

Q: Which is the largest college cultural fest in Rajasthan?

BLITZSCHLAG is the largest college cultural fest in Rajasthan hosted by MNIT, Jaipur.

Q: Which is the largest fair in Rajasthan?

Pushkar Fair is the largest fair in Rajasthan.

Q: What is the significance of turbans in Rajasthani culture?

A turban is the honor of Rajasthani men. Knocking off the turban signifies an insult. Also, placing a turban on someone’s feet signifies surrender.

Q:  What is the importance of jewelry in Rajasthani culture?

In Rajasthan jewelry is the representation of the status and wealth of women.

Q: What is the significance of havelis in Rajasthan’s cultural heritage?

Havelis act as a status symbol for Marwaris and provide them a sense of security.

Q: What are the different forms of Rajasthani music?

Different forms of Rajasthani music include Pabuji ki Panch and Panihari.

Q:  What are the traditional forms of Rajasthani entertainment?

Traditional forms of Rajasthani entertainment include music, puppetry, and dance.

Q:  What are the customs and traditions of Rajasthani weddings?

Palla and Janev are the most important customs of Rajasthani weddings.

Q: What are some famous Rajasthani handicrafts and textiles?

Famous Rajasthani handicrafts and textiles include blue pottery and leather wear.

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Culture of Rajasthan – Beautiful Rajasthan Culture

Rajasthan culture is a vivid and rich blend of traditions , art , music , and lifestyle unique to the Rajasthan state in northwest India. It’s known for its vibrant festivals, colorful attire, and delicious food.

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In terms of lifestyle, the people of Rajasthan are known for their warm hospitality and deep-rooted customs. The “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle” is deeply influenced by its royal history and the various tribes that call it home.

When it comes to Rajasthan culture food and dress , the state offers a variety of spicy dishes like Dal Baati Churma and sweets like Ghevar . The traditional dress includes bright and colorful ghagras for women and turbans and dhotis for men.

Rajasthan culture in Hindi reflects the predominant language spoken in the region, which is also depicted in its literature , music , and movies . For those who want to dive deeper, there is a wealth of culture of Rajasthan PDF resources available online, offering detailed insights.

The state’s rich heritage is also captured in Rajasthan culture photos and culture of Rajasthan essays , which often highlight the region’s architectural marvels, including forts and palaces.

Rajasthan tourism is significantly boosted by the state’s culture, drawing visitors to its historic sites, vibrant bazaars, and desert landscapes. The Rajasthan festivals like Diwali , Holi , and Pushkar Camel Fair are particularly famous, attracting tourists from across the world.

Rajasthan culture and tradition include various art forms like Kathputli ( puppetry ) and folk dances such as Ghoomar . These traditions are not only a source of entertainment but also a means to pass on stories and traditions from generation to generation.

For educational purposes, there are Rajasthan culture projects and Rajasthan culture PPTs available, which are particularly useful for students and researchers interested in this region’s rich heritage.

History of Rajasthan

Rajasthan, located in northwest India , is a state renowned for its deep-rooted history and vibrant culture. Originating from a lineage of ancient civilizations and empires, Rajasthan, which translates to “ Land of Kings ,” has a legacy shaped by various rulers including the Rajputs , Mughals , and the British colonial period.

The Rajput era , in particular, had a profound impact on Rajasthan’s development. Known for their valor and chivalry, the Rajputs constructed numerous forts and palaces, many of which stand today as testaments to their architectural prowess. These structures, found in cities like Jaipur , Udaipur , and Jodhpur, are emblematic of Rajasthan’s historical significance.

Rajasthan’s culture is a vibrant tapestry, woven from its festivals, music, dance, and handicrafts. Its cuisine, characterized by unique flavors and dishes, reflects the region’s rich culinary heritage. The social life in Rajasthan is deeply influenced by its tribal communities, each contributing to the state’s diverse cultural landscape.

Languages and dialects in Rajasthan vary, adding to the state’s linguistic richness. The arts and crafts of the region, including textiles and jewelry, showcase the skill and creativity of its people. Rajasthan’s temple architecture and the majestic forts narrate the state’s spiritual and royal history.

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Festivals of Rajasthan

Festivals in Rajasthan are key to its culture and a big part of its tourism. The Pushkar Camel Fair is unique, famous for its camel trades and cultural activities. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, sees homes and streets lit up across the state.

Holi, the Festival of Colors, is celebrated with colored powders and water, music, and food. The Teej Festival in Jaipur marks the monsoon with processions and traditional performances. Jaisalmer’s Desert Festival showcases Rajasthan’s heritage with camel races and handicrafts.

These festivals reflect the rich traditions of Rajasthan, attracting visitors and celebrating the state’s vibrant culture.

Festivals of Rajasthan

Rajasthan Languages and Dialects

Rajasthan Languages and Dialects” reflect the state’s diverse cultural heritage. The main language spoken here is Hindi, with a distinct Rajasthani flavor. Additionally, there are several local dialects like Marwari , Mewari , Dhundhari , and Harauti , each unique to different regions of Rajasthan. These languages and dialects are an integral part of the Rajasthan culture and lifestyle , adding to the state’s rich linguistic tapestry.

Major Languages People Speak in Rajasthan

  • Hindi: The primary language spoken across Rajasthan, often with a local accent and terms.
  • Rajasthani: A widely spoken local language, reflecting the state’s cultural identity.
  • Marwari: Predominant in the Marwar region, known for its unique expressions.
  • Mewari: Spoken mainly around Udaipur and surrounding areas.
  • Dhundhari: Common in the Dhundhar region, including Jaipur.
  • Harauti: Used in the Kota and Bundi areas of Rajasthan.
  • Shekhawati: Spoken in the Shekhawati region, renowned for its rich folklore.
  • Malvi: Found in the eastern parts of Rajasthan, bordering Madhya Pradesh.

Rajasthan Music and Dance

Rajasthan’s music and dance are essential parts of its culture, known for their energy and color. This is a big reason why people visit Rajasthan, as it adds to the unique “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle.”

The music in Rajasthan features instruments like the sarangi and dholak, creating melodies that reflect the region’s spirit. It often tells stories of Rajasthan’s history and legends, playing a key role in “Rajasthan culture and tradition.”

Rajasthani dances, like Ghoomar and Kalbelia, are famous. Ghoomar is a graceful dance by women, known for its swirling movements. Kalbelia, performed by the Kalbelia tribe, is lively and resembles the movements of a snake. These dances are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life and a way to share stories.

During “Rajasthan festivals,” music and dance are everywhere, bringing people together. They are also a time for enjoying “Rajasthan culture food.”

“Rajasthan culture photos” often show these dances and music performances, giving a glimpse into this vibrant part of Rajasthani life. For those looking to learn more, “culture of Rajasthan PDF” files and “Rajasthan culture PPTs” offer detailed information.

Rajasthan Music and Dance

Rajasthan Cuisine

Rajasthan’s cuisine, known for bold flavors, is a key part of “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle.” The arid climate influences the food, with dishes often featuring beans, lentils, gram flour, and spices.

“Dal Baati Churma” is a classic example, combining spicy lentils, baked wheat balls, and a sweet dessert. “Laal Maas,” a spicy red meat curry, and “Gatte ki Sabzi,” a gram flour dumpling curry, are other popular dishes.

Sweets like “Ghevar” and “Moong Dal Halwa” are favorites, especially during “Rajasthan festivals.” Snacks such as “Mirchi Bada” and “Pyaaz Kachori” are also widely enjoyed.

In “Rajasthan culture tourism,” trying these dishes is a highlight, often captured in “Rajasthan culture photos.” This cuisine reflects the state’s rich heritage and unique geography.

Rajasthan Cuisine

Rajasthani Traditional Dress

Rajasthani traditional dress is a vibrant part of “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle.” Women typically wear rajasthan culture dress which include a colorful ‘ghagra’ (long skirt), ‘choli’ (fitted top), and ‘odhni’ (headscarf), often adorned with mirror work and embroidery. Men’s rajasthan culture dress includes a ‘dhoti’ or ‘pajamas’ with a ‘kurta’ (long shirt), and a distinctive ‘pagari’ (turban), reflecting their community and region.

These dresses are especially prominent during “Rajasthan festivals,” showcasing the rich “Rajasthan culture and tradition.” The attire, with its vivid colors and unique styles, is a key part of Rajasthan’s cultural identity.

Rajasthani Traditional Dress

Kathputli: Rajasthan Puppetry

“Kathputli,” which means puppetry, is a traditional art form in Rajasthan, known for its unique storytelling and entertainment value. This form of puppetry is not just a performance art; it’s a significant part of “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle.”

Kathputli shows typically feature colorful, wooden puppets dressed in traditional “Rajasthan culture dress.” These puppets are skillfully controlled by puppeteers who use strings or wires. The stories told through Kathputli often reflect local myths, legends, and social issues, making it a mirror to “Rajasthan culture and tradition.”

This art form plays a vital role in “Rajasthan culture tourism.” Visitors to Rajasthan are often captivated by these puppet shows, which are a unique way to experience the local culture. Kathputli performances are not only popular in local fairs and festivals but have also gained attention in global cultural showcases.

Furthermore, Kathputli is a subject often featured in “Rajasthan culture photos” and documentaries, highlighting its importance in the state’s cultural heritage. For those interested in exploring this art form in detail, resources like “culture of Rajasthan PDF” and “Rajasthan culture PPT” offer in-depth information.

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Rajasthan Architecture

Rajasthan’s architecture is a key part of its culture and a major draw for tourism. The state’s forts, like Amer Fort in Jaipur and Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, showcase Rajput design and history.

Its palaces, such as Udaipur’s Lake Palace and Jaipur’s City Palace, are known for their grandeur and art. Rajasthan’s temples, like the Dilwara Temples and Pushkar’s Brahma Temple, reflect spiritual and architectural beauty.

The stepwells, including Chand Baori, highlight ancient water conservation. Overall, Rajasthan’s architecture is a blend of history, art, and culture, essential to “Rajasthan culture and tradition.”

Forts of Rajasthan

Forts of Rajasthan

Forts of Rajasthan” refers to the numerous historic fortresses located throughout the Rajasthan.

These forts are renowned for their architectural grandeur and historical significance, playing a crucial role in the region’s defense and history.

Built mainly by the Rajput rulers, these forts are situated in strategic locations, often on hilltops, to provide a vantage point against invaders. Each fort has its unique architectural style, with intricate designs, massive gates, courtyards, and often, elaborate palaces within the premises.

Rajasthan Palaces

Some of the most famous forts include:

  • Amer Fort in Jaipur, known for its artistic Hindu elements.
  • Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, one of the largest forts in India.
  • Chittorgarh Fort , the largest in India, steeped in tales of bravery and battles.
  • Jaisalmer Fort , also known as Sonar Qila, notable for its golden limestone walls.
  • Kumbhalgarh Fort , famous for its long defensive wall.
  • Ranthambore Fort , known for its proximity to the Ranthambore National Park.

Social Life in Rajasthan

Social life in Rajasthan is a vibrant mix of tradition and community. Families here often live together in large groups, creating strong bonds. This aspect is a big part of the “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle.”

Festivals are central to life in Rajasthan, bringing everyone together. These events, filled with music, dance, and “Rajasthan culture food,” showcase the state’s rich traditions and are a highlight of “Rajasthan tourism.”

In villages, community life is strong, with people involved in agriculture and crafts, essential parts of “Rajasthan culture and tradition.” In cities like Jaipur and Udaipur, while life is more modern, it still holds onto the unique Rajasthani essence.

Overall, Rajasthan’s social life is a blend of old and new, deeply rooted in family and community values.

Religion in Rajasthan

Religion in Rajasthan is diverse, with Hinduism being the most prominent. Numerous temples across the state reflect the deep-rooted “Rajasthan culture and tradition.”

Islam is also significant in Rajasthan, with notable mosques and Islamic shrines like Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Jainism is important too, with famous Jain temples like the Dilwara Temples at Mount Abu.

Other religions like Sikhism and Christianity exist in smaller communities. Religious festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm, important for “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle” and attracting “Rajasthan tourism.”

Overall, Rajasthan’s religious scene is a mix of Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, and other faiths, contributing to the state’s cultural richness.

Rajasthan Palaces

Rajasthan Palaces” are grand structures that showcase the royal heritage and architectural brilliance of Rajasthan, a key aspect of “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle.” These palaces are not just tourist attractions but also a significant part of “Rajasthan culture and tradition.”

Some of the most famous palaces in Rajasthan include:

  • City Palace, Jaipur: A magnificent palace complex that includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal.
  • Lake Palace, Udaipur: Situated in the middle of Lake Pichola, this palace is a marvel of architecture.
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur: Known for its blend of Indian and European architectural styles.
  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur: Famous for its unique five-story exterior, resembling a honeycomb.
  • Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: Once a residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, now a luxury hotel.
  • Jal Mahal, Jaipur: A palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, known for its serene beauty.

These palaces, with their intricate designs and historical significance, play a vital role in “Rajasthan tourism,” attracting visitors keen to experience the opulence and history of Rajasthani royalty. They are not just buildings but symbols of Rajasthan’s rich cultural past.

Rajasthani Arts and Crafts

Rajasthani arts and crafts are key to “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle.” Famous for their colors and intricacy, they show the state’s rich history and traditions.

Textiles are a highlight, with block printing, tie-dye, and embroidery. Rajasthani jewelry, especially in silver, reflects its royal past. Pottery, like the blue pottery from Jaipur, is known for its unique style. Wooden furniture and crafts from Shekhawati and Kishangarh are admired for their detailed art.

Miniature paintings, with fine details and vibrant colors, depict historical and mythological scenes. Puppetry, particularly Kathputli shows, is a unique Rajasthan art form, telling traditional stories.

These crafts are not just culturally important but also boost “Rajasthan tourism,” attracting visitors to explore and purchase local handicrafts, embodying Rajasthan’s artistic heritage.

Rajasthani Arts and Crafts

Tribes of Rajasthan

The “Tribes of Rajasthan” are diverse ethnic groups, each with unique customs and traditions that enrich the “Rajasthan culture and lifestyle.” Major tribes include Bhils, Minas, These tribes contribute to the colorful mosaic of “Rajasthan culture and tradition,” playing a vital role in the state’s heritage and identity.

Tribes of Rajasthan

Key Tribes:

  • Bhils: Known as the largest tribe in Rajasthan, they have a rich cultural heritage and are renowned for their archery skills.
  • Minas: Historically considered warriors and guardians of Rajasthan’s forts.
  • Banjaras: Noted for their nomadic lifestyle, colorful attire, and vibrant dances.
  • Gadiya Lohars: Famed for their iron-smith skills and traditional way of life on the move.

The culture of Rajasthan is a vivid mosaic of traditions, arts, and history. From its majestic forts and palaces to the lively festivals and traditional dances, Rajasthan offers a glimpse into a rich cultural heritage. The vibrant attire, delicious cuisine, and unique handicrafts reflect the diverse and spirited lifestyle of its people. As a cornerstone of Rajasthan culture and tradition , this vibrant culture not only defines the identity of Rajasthan but also contributes significantly to Rajasthan tourism, inviting people from around the world to experience its unique charm and warmth.

FAQs on Rajasthan Culture

What is the main culture of rajasthan.

The main culture of Rajasthan is characterized by rich traditions, vibrant arts, and historical heritage. It includes colorful festivals, traditional music and dance, and unique handicrafts.

Why Rajasthan has rich culture?

Rajasthan has a rich culture due to its historical legacy of Rajput and Mughal rule, diverse communities, and its geographical location, which have all contributed to its unique cultural tapestry.

What are the colors of Rajasthan culture?

The colors of Rajasthan culture are bright and vibrant, reflecting in its traditional attire like ghagras and turbans, handicrafts, and festivals, symbolizing the state's spirited and lively nature.

What is the symbol of Rajasthan culture?

The symbol of Rajasthan culture could be its iconic forts and palaces, which reflect the state's royal past, or the traditional turban, representing its rich heritage and identity.

What is the language of Rajasthan culture?

The primary language of Rajasthan culture is Rajasthani, comprising various dialects. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood across the state.

What is the cultural capital of Rajasthan?

Jaipur, often considered the cultural capital of Rajasthan, is known for its rich history, palaces, arts, crafts, and vibrant festivals, epitomizing the essence of Rajasthani culture.

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Essay on Rajasthan in 10 Lines, 100, 500, 1000 Words

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Essay on Rajasthan in English – Rajasthan, a North Indian state, spans 342,239 square kilometers. Known as the “Land of Kings,” it’s India’s largest state. This northwestern region is celebrated for its opulent heritage, resplendent with vibrant colors, grand forts, and a dynamic folk culture, embodying the essence of India.

The essay on Rajasthan takes readers on a journey through the “Land of Kings,” providing an in-depth look at the state’s history, culture, and remarkable traditions. From the valiant Rajput rulers and their grand forts to the influences of Mughal and British rule.

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The essay on Rajasthan provides an insightful exploration of India’s largest state, known for its rich history, culture, and diverse traditions. It touches upon the historical significance of the region. The essay also highlights Rajasthan’s traditional arts, vibrant festivals, distinctive cuisine, and captivating music and dance forms. It offers a glimpse into the state’s striking geography, including the Thar Desert and rural life, along with its popular tourist destinations.

Rajasthan: The Jewel of India’s Deserts

Introduction: The Land of Maharajas

  • Rajasthan, the largest state in India, is a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty.
  • Known as the “Land of Kings, ” it is home to splendid palaces, majestic forts, and vibrant traditions.
  • Capital of Rajasthan is Jaipur.

Historical Heritage: Echoes of a Glorious Past

  • The state boasts a rich heritage of princely states and royal dynasties.
  • Visitors can explore opulent palaces like the City Palace in Jaipur and Udaipur’s Lake Palace.
  • Rajasthan is famous for its formidable forts, including Amer Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, and Chittorgarh Fort.
  • These architectural marvels narrate tales of valor and chivalry.

Vibrant Culture: A Kaleidoscope of Traditions

  • Rajasthan is renowned for its colorful attire, with men donning turbans and women wearing vibrant ghagras and odhnis.
  • The traditional attire reflects the state’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Rajasthan’s folk music and dance, including the Kalbelia dance and Rajasthani folk songs, are captivating.
  • These art forms are integral to festivals and celebrations.

Natural Splendor: Deserts and Wildlife

  • A significant part of Rajasthan is covered by the Thar Desert, the largest in India.
  • Visitors can enjoy camel safaris and witness mesmerizing desert landscapes.
  • Rajasthan is home to various wildlife sanctuaries and reserves.
  • Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, and Keoladeo National Park are popular among wildlife enthusiasts.

Religious Diversity: A Melting Pot of Faiths

  • The state houses temples like Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu, dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras, and the Brahma Temple in Pushkar.
  • It welcomes pilgrims and spiritual seekers from various faiths.
  • Pushkar is a sacred city with the renowned Brahma Temple and a holy lake.
  • The city hosts the famous Pushkar Camel Fair and attracts travelers from around the world.

Exquisite Handicrafts: Artistry in Every Stitch

  • Rajasthan is a hub of craftsmanship with a wide range of handicrafts like block printing, pottery, and jewelry.
  • Shoppers can explore bustling bazaars for exquisite souvenirs.

Rajasthan’s Diverse Culture and Heritage

  • Multifaceted Culture: Explore the diverse cultural traditions and heritage that Rajasthan is known for.
  • Folk Music and Dance: Discuss the vibrant folk music and dance forms that are an integral part of Rajasthani culture.
  • Traditional Attire: Explore the colorful and intricate traditional clothing worn by the people of Rajasthan.
  • Rajasthani Cuisine: Discover the delectable cuisine, including popular dishes and flavors unique to the region.

Gastronomic Delights: A Feast for the Senses

  • Rajasthan’s cuisine is a celebration of flavors, with dishes like dal baati churma, gatte ki sabzi, and ker sangri.
  • The state offers a culinary journey of spicy and savory delights.

Tourism and Hospitality: Welcoming the World

  • Rajasthan’s tourism is buoyed by attractions like the Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal, Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace, and the Golden City of Jaisalmer.
  • The state ensures that visitors have a diverse range of experiences.
  • Rajasthan boasts a plethora of heritage hotels that were once palaces and havelis.
  • Staying in these grand properties provides an opportunity to relish royal living.

Conclusion: A Land of Endless Wonders

  • Rajasthan is an enchanting destination, offering a tapestry of history, culture, and nature.
  • It remains a jewel in India’s crown, beckoning travelers to explore its multifaceted beauty.

Rajasthan, with its royal heritage, vibrant traditions, and captivating landscapes, continues to allure travelers seeking an authentic Indian experience. From magnificent palaces to desert adventures, this “Land of Kings” unfolds a mesmerizing journey through history, culture, and natural splendor.

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Essay on Rajasthan & its Culture

The essay explores Rajasthan’s culture and heritage, delving into the state’s rich history, the influence of Rajputs, Mughals, and the British, traditional arts and crafts, colorful festivals, delectable cuisine, and vibrant music and dance forms. It provides a comprehensive glimpse into the cultural tapestry of this North Indian state.

Rajasthan – The Regal Land of Culture, Cuisine, and Natural Beauty

Introduction – Rajasthan is a magnificent state situated in the northwestern region of India. The capital city of Rajasthan is Jaipur, which also happens to be the state’s largest city. Rajasthan is renowned for its royal opulence, rich culture, and a treasure trove of majestic forts and palaces that captivate the imagination of people around the world. This regal state is a symbol of India’s rich history and heritage, drawing visitors from far and wide to experience its grandeur.

Formation – The Birth of Rajasthan: Rajasthan officially emerged as a state on March 30, 1949, uniting various princely states and regions into a single entity under the Indian Union.

Area – Rajasthan, with a sprawling area of 342,239 square kilometers, is India’s largest state.

Language – The primary language spoken in Rajasthan is Rajasthani, while Hindi serves as the official language for communication.

Cultural Diversity

Rajasthan is a kaleidoscope of cultures, with each region within the state having its unique customs, traditions, and art forms. The Rajput’s, known for their chivalry and valor, have been an integral part of the state’s history. Their rule has left a lasting imprint on Rajasthan’s culture, as evident in the magnificent forts and palaces that still stand tall, showcasing their architectural brilliance.

The Influence of Mughal and British Rule

Rajasthan’s history is marked by the influence of the Mughal and British empires. The Mughals brought a rich synthesis of cultures, leaving their mark on the state’s architecture, art, and cuisine. The British, too, contributed to the socio-political landscape of Rajasthan, adding layers of complexity to its history. This amalgamation of cultures has made Rajasthan a unique cultural destination, with a blend of Rajput, Mughal, and British influences.

Dressing Style

  • A Splash of Colors: Traditional Rajasthani attire is a vibrant display of colors, reflecting the state’s rich culture.
  • Men’s Attire: Men commonly wear turbans, kurta-pajamas, and Jodhpuri coats. Women often adorn ghagras (skirts) and cholis (blouses) with intricate embroidery and mirror work.

Rajasthan’s Vibrant Culture

The Melting Pot of Colors

  • A Burst of Hues: An exploration of Rajasthan’s colorful culture, reflecting in every aspect of life.
  • Rajasthani Attire: A deep dive into the traditional clothing, jewelry, and turbans that adorn the people.
  • Colors in Architecture: Describing the vividly painted havelis, palaces, and temples.

The Tunnel Culture of Rajasthan

Underground Marvels

  • Discovering Step Wells: A glimpse into the intricately designed step wells, showcasing architectural and functional brilliance.
  • Chand Baori – A Masterpiece: A closer look at the famous Chand Baori step well and its unique characteristics.
  • Historical Significance: Unraveling the historical context of these tunnel structures and their role in society.

Traditions and Customs of Rajasthan

A Rich Tapestry of Customs

  • Festivals of Rajasthan: A guide to the colorful festivals celebrated with zest and zeal.
  • Traditional Music and Dance: Highlighting the captivating folk music, dance, and puppetry that define Rajasthan’s culture.
  • Rajput Valor: Exploring the chivalrous traditions and tales of the valiant Rajputs.

Culinary Delights of Rajasthan

Savors of the Desert

  • Rich Rajasthani Cuisine: A gastronomic journey through Rajasthani dishes, including the famous Dal Baati Churma.
  • Use of Local Ingredients: Showcasing the key ingredients and flavors unique to Rajasthan.
  • Sweets and Snacks: Exploring the sweet treats like Ghewar, Malpua, and Kachori that are an integral part of Rajasthani cuisine.

Music & Dance –

  • A Cultural Symphony: Rajasthan resonates with the tunes of folk music and dances like Ghoomar, Kalbelia, and Kathputli.
  • Artistic Expressions: The traditional dances and puppetry are an integral part of Rajasthani culture, showcasing the state’s artistic vibrancy.
  • Vibrant Celebrations: Rajasthan’s festivals, including Diwali, Holi, and Eid, are celebrated with grandeur.
  • Unique Festivities: Special mention goes to Navratri and the Pushkar Camel Fair, which are a riot of colors and cultures, with traditional music and dance performances that captivate visitors.

Tourist Places

  • Jaipur – The Pink City : This city is famous for its pretty palaces and markets. It’s the capital of Rajasthan.
  • Udaipur – The City of Lakes : Udaipur is known for its lovely lakes and grand palaces, making it a romantic place to visit.
  • Jodhpur – The Blue City : In Jodhpur, you’ll see a huge fort and many houses painted blue, giving it a unique and old-fashioned charm.
  • Jaisalmer – The Golden City : If you visit Jaisalmer, you’ll see lots of golden sand dunes and a big desert fort. It’s like a scene from a fairy tale.
  • Ranthambore National Park : This is a special place where you can see tigers and other amazing animals in the wild. It’s like a real-life adventure.
  • Pushkar : Pushkar is a holy town with a special temple, and it’s famous for a big fair where you can see lots of camels and enjoy the culture.
  • Ajmer : Ajmer is known for a famous shrine and is a peaceful and spiritual place.
  • Mount Abu : This is the only place in Rajasthan where you can escape the heat because it’s a hill station with cooler weather. It’s also home to beautiful Jain temples.
  • Must-Visit Sites: Don’t miss the historic Amber Fort, the timeless beauty of Hawa Mahal, and the spiritual journey to Pushkar.
  • Desert Safari: Experience the thrill of traversing the dunes on a camel or jeep safari, exploring the unique desert culture.

Art and Craft of Rajasthan

Creativity Unleashed

  • Rich Handicrafts: An overview of the intricate handcrafted items, including textiles, jewelry, pottery, and more.
  • Miniature Paintings: Highlighting the detailed and exquisite Rajasthani miniature paintings.
  • Puppetry – A Living Tradition: The significance of puppetry in Rajasthani culture and storytelling.

Official State Symbols of Rajasthan

  • State Flower: Roheda (Tecomella undulata)
  • State Animal: Camel (Livestock) and Chinkara (Wildlife)
  • State Bird: Godavan (Ardeotis Nigriceps)
  • State Tree: Khejri (Prosopis cinerea)
  • State Dance: Ghoomar
  • State Game: Basketball

In conclusion, Rajasthan’s culture is a captivating tapestry of colors, traditions, and artistic expressions. From its vibrant festivals and colorful attire to the magnificent step wells and desert culture, Rajasthan offers a unique and timeless experience. The state’s rich history, art, and cuisine continue to enchant and inspire visitors, making it a treasure trove of culture and tradition in India.

About Rajasthan in 10 Lines

Rajasthan is a vast and culturally rich state in northwestern India. Known for its historical significance and regal heritage, it is the largest state in the country. The state’s landscape includes the Thar Desert, which adds to its diverse appeal. With its grand palaces, majestic forts, and vibrant culture, Rajasthan is a captivating destination for travelers seeking a glimpse of India’s royal past and cultural splendor.

  • Rajasthan is the largest state in India, situated in the northwestern part of the country.
  • The capital city of Rajasthan is Jaipur, known as the “Pink City” due to its distinctive pink buildings.
  • Rajasthan is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, regal palaces, and majestic forts.
  • The state is characterized by its arid Thar Desert, which covers a significant portion of its landscape.
  • Rajasthani is the primary language spoken in the state, with Hindi being widely used for official communication.
  • Rajasthan is famous for its vibrant festivals, including Diwali, Holi, and the Pushkar Camel Fair.
  • Traditional Rajasthani attire is colorful and distinct, reflecting the state’s rich culture.
  • The cuisine of Rajasthan is known for its unique flavors, with dishes like Dal Baati Churma and Laal Maas being popular.
  • The state’s iconic landmarks include the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, and the Lake Palace in Udaipur.
  • Rajasthan is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its cultural diversity, historical treasures, and natural beauty.

Short Essay on Rajasthan History and Traditions

The essay on Rajasthan’s history and traditions explores the rich tapestry of India’s largest state. It delves into the valiant Rajput rulers and their magnificent forts, the influence of Mughals and the British, traditional arts and crafts, colorful festivals, and the delectable cuisine. The essay also highlights the soul-stirring music and graceful dance forms that reflect the state’s vibrant spirit. Rajasthan’s history and traditions have left an indelible mark on its cultural identity, making it a captivating destination for history enthusiasts and culture lovers alike.

Rajasthan, India’s largest state, boasts a history as rich and colorful as its traditions. The Rajputs, known for their valor, have adorned the land with magnificent forts and palaces. Mughal and British influences have left an indelible mark on the state’s culture. Rajasthan’s traditional arts and crafts, including miniature paintings and intricate handicrafts, are renowned. The state is a canvas of festivals like Diwali and Holi, where colors and lights come alive. Its cuisine, with dishes like Dal Baati Churma and Ghewar, is a culinary delight. Music and dance, such as Ghoomar and Kalbelia, reflect the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan.

Essay on The Thar Desert in Rajasthan

The essay on the Thar Desert in Rajasthan delves into the unique and captivating landscape of this arid region. It discusses the desert’s golden sand dunes, the traditional communities that have adapted to life in this challenging environment, and the essential role of camels in the desert’s culture.

The Thar Desert: Rajasthan’s Golden Expanse

The Thar Desert, often called the “Great Indian Desert,” is a defining feature of the northwestern landscape of India, particularly in the state of Rajasthan. Spread over a vast expanse, the Thar Desert is known for its golden-hued sand dunes, creating a mesmerizing and arid landscape.

Amidst the stark beauty of the desert, traditional desert communities have thrived for centuries. They have adapted to the harsh environment, living a semi-nomadic life, herding camels and livestock, and dwelling in mud-walled houses that offer respite from the scorching sun.

The camel, often referred to as the “Ship of the Desert,” plays a vital role in the lives of desert dwellers, serving as both a mode of transportation and a source of livelihood. Camel safaris provide visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the desert’s undulating dunes and witness its ethereal beauty, particularly during the captivating desert sunsets.

The Thar Desert is a repository of history and culture, with ancient villages like Jaisalmer showcasing the enduring spirit of desert communities. The golden sands, when illuminated by the setting sun, create a spellbinding panorama. Traditional folk performances under the open sky add to the desert’s allure, transporting visitors to a world of ancient tales and vibrant traditions.

While the Thar Desert may seem harsh and desolate, it is a world of wonder and resilience. It exemplifies the enduring spirit of Rajasthan, a state that has embraced its arid landscapes and transformed them into an enchanting destination for those seeking the beauty of the desert. Exploring historical villages, riding camels through the dunes, or simply witnessing the sun’s descent below the horizon, the Thar Desert leaves an indelible impression, reminding us of the timeless allure of Rajasthan.

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Rajasthani Cuisine: A Fusion of Resilience, a Royal Past and Innovation

Rajasthan, the land of royals, is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India. Every year, visitors from all over the world throng into this beautiful state on the north-western frontier of India to marvel at its fascinating landscape, colourful art and crafts, exotic songs and dances, and exquisite historical monuments. The food of this land is also equally amazing and delightful. Born out of the exigencies of arid land, a harsh climate and a war-torn past, the cuisine of Rajasthan truly captures the spirit of resilience as well as imagination of a people in the face of all odds.

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A tourist admiring the Peacock Gate, City Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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A decorated camel; camel decoration is a special art and has become an important part of desert festivals in Rajasthan

As with all culinary cultures, the cuisine of Rajasthan is also shaped by its geographical features, climate and availability of resources. The Aravalli Mountain Range is a defining feature of the topography of Rajasthan dividing the land into two natural divisions: the arid northwestern and the fertile southeastern parts. The Thar Desert or the Great Indian Desert, recounted in legends as Marusthali or the land of death, is a vast expanse of arid desert located in the northwestern half of the state. Overall, rainfall is sparse and water is treated as a precious resource. The landscape is mainly dominated by scrub-like vegetation and less than 10% of the area is under forest cover.

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Vegetation is sparse in the arid and desert region of Rajasthan

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A woman gathering dried red chilli; dried red chillies are a major spice used in Rajasthani cuisine

The culinary basket of Rajasthan includes hardy crops and grains such as jowar, bajra, sesame, ragi, tur, pulses, gram, ground-nuts, etc. that can survive in the harsh climatic conditions of the region. Various kinds of bread form the staple and the use of rice is limited. Apart from this, various berries, roots and beans that grow abundantly in the desert have also been ingeniously incorporated into the cuisine to make up for the absence of leafy-green vegetables. Due to the scarcity of water, it is sparingly used in cooking, and oil, milk and ghee are used instead. Animal husbandry is an important means of livelihood for several communities and tribes of the region and hence dairy forms a major component of the cuisine. Foods with greater shelf-life are preferred.

Rajasthan is a land that has been ravaged by wars for several centuries in the past. Under such conditions of conflict and uncertainty, foods that could be stored for longer durations naturally gained importance. Spices are used generously to add flavour and spunk to the food. Those grown in Rajasthan are known to be particularly potent and pungent in nature. Commonly known spices such as cumin, coriander, pepper, chillies, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves are used. Rajasthani cuisine is also known for its delectable pickles and chutneys which make the meal exciting and also aid in digestion. Pickling is also one of the important ways for preserving food for longer durations and harnessing their nutrients.

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Entrance to the Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rajasthani cuisine has been considerably influenced by the lifestyle and aesthetics of its royalty, the Rajputs. Traditionally, the state has been known as Rajputana, as the Rajputs held sway over it for several centuries. The Rajputs made lasting contributions to the food and eating habits of the region, especially its non-vegetarian fare. The food of the royals was deeply connected to their lavish lifestyle. Hunting being a favourite pastime of the royalty, non-vegetarian dishes were mostly cooked with shikar or game meat. This included animals and birds such as venison, wild hare, rabbit, pheasant, quail and duck. The royal kitchens or rasowaras were sites of considerable innovation by the khansamas or royal cooks. Recipes were zealously guarded and handed over from one generation to another. Today, the sheer scale and intricacy of the labour- intensive dishes of the royal cuisine are nearly impossible to be replicated.

The Rajputs acted as political allies to the Mughals during the 16th and the 17th centuries and cultural influences from the latter considerably shaped Rajput art and architecture (and vice-versa). However, culinary influences of the Mughlai cuisine on the food of the Rajputs was minimal. It is believed that this was primarily due to the non-availability of ingredients that were integral to the rich dishes of the Mughlai cuisine.

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The quintessential dish of the Rajasthani cuisine is perhaps the dal baati and churma . Baatis are bread dumplings made of whole wheat flour and can be stored for a considerable period of time. Dal is made out of a mixture of boiled lentils with a tadka or tempering of ghee and red chillies. Churma is made of coarsely ground wheat sweetened with ghee and jaggery or sugar. It is said that baati was an essential food item used by the soldiers during war. In the past, when the soldiers went to war, they would leave pieces of baati  buried under the hot sand during the day so that they would be warm and ready by the time that they returned. Another popular dish is gatte ki sabzi in which dumplings made out of gram flour are simmered in a gravy of buttermilk and spices. Papad ki sabzi, is an innovative dish in which papad (thin flatbreads of lentil) is cooked in a gravy of yogurt and spices.

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A testament to the optimal use of resources in an arid land comes in the form of a unique dish called ker sangri . Ker is a wild tangy berry and sangri is a wild bean, and both grow abundantly in the desert. The dish is spicy and the preparation almost similar to that of a pickle. According to a popular legend, once Rajputana was visited by a terrible drought which wiped out most of the vegetation of the land. In these times of great scarcity and distress, the native people discovered these life-saving plants (ker and sangri) which could thrive even in the harshest of conditions. These plants are also a great source of protein.

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As discussed earlier, the non-vegetarian fare of Rajasthan traditionally involves game meat. However, in the modern times hunting as a sport is banned in India and game meat has been primarily replaced by lamb. The signature non-vegetarian dish of Rajasthan is laal maas . Laal maas , literally translated as ‘red meat’, is lamb cooked in a fiery gravy of chillies, onion, yogurt and garlic. Safed maas, a white and creamier cousin of the laal maas , is a delightful preparation of lamb cooked in a gravy of almond-cashew paste, milk, cream and spices. Junglee maas, as the name suggests, is a dish traditionally made of wild game meat and readily available spices.

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An exotic non-vegetarian dish of Rajasthan is the khad khargosh . The khad is a unique technique of underground cooking native to Rajasthan. In this preparation, the meat (traditionally that of a hare) is marinated in a paste of five spices and generous amounts of ghee. It is then wrapped in unbaked rotis (flatbreads) and a wet gunny sack, and placed inside a pit in the sand. Thereafter, the bundle of meat is covered with layers of sand and embers and left to cook for a few hours, until the meat has absorbed all the spices.

A unique feature of the Rajasthani culinary culture is that desserts are not necessarily had at the end of the meal, i.e., they can be served before or along with the main course. Rajsthani cuisine is marked by a delightful array of desserts such as different kinds of laddoos (besan, motichur, dal, gond), a variety of halwas (moong, suji) and puddings (seviyan kheer, makhane kheer). Ghevar, a famous sweet of this region, is prepared using flour, ghee, milk and dry fruits. It is moulded in the shape of a disc, has a crunchy texture and is often topped with dry fruits, mawa (condensed milk) and malai (cream). Malpuas or pancakes dipped in sugar syrup are also a popular sweet dish. A wide variety of snacks such as pyaj kachodis, kanji vadas, bikaneri bhujia and dal ke phare add further invigorating flavours to the cuisine.

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This Editorial deals with scientific language in research papers, considering the causes — as well as the problems — associated with the use of hyperbolic statements.

The power of language was already well understood by ancient civilizations. The Greek philosopher Aristotle for instance, or the Roman statesman Cicero both investigated the structure of language in their scholarly works and delved into rhetoric — the art of persuasion or influence through speech or writing. Among the different instruments adopted by rhetoric, hyperbole is a central figure of speech, which is based on the deliberate use of exaggerations as an intensifier to impress the audience. Here, a sort of implicit agreement between speaker and listener — or between writer and reader — is that those exaggerated figures are not meant to be taken literally.

For many researchers, writing scientific articles represents a challenge. In fact, training on writing skills is seldom part of conventional curricula. Over the years, the principles of scientific writing have been the subject of lively disquisitions 1 , and certain canons have eventually become widely accepted 2 . Large numbers of publications, tutorials and journal guidelines have highlighted the need for a simple and accessible style, which avoids pompous prose as well as jargon, lengthy acronyms and subjective statements. All in all, a scientific article should hardly come across as a masterpiece of rhetoric. And yet too often scientific literature features styles and linguistic elements that are not quite effective, besides being inappropriate. Hyperbolic language is one of these.

“Science needs to maintain a high level of rigor and the data should speak for themselves.”

There may be a number of reasons why some researchers adopt hyperbolic language in scientific articles, and we recently tried to get a sense of the community’s opinions in this regard with a short and informal survey on our X (formerly Twitter) account . The participants were given the possibility of choosing between four different options. Considering the granting schemes currently operating in academia and the pressure to publish, the first two options (“to impress the editors” and “to impress the reviewers”) refer directly to the possibility of facilitating the publication process. The other two, namely “to emphasize impact” and “to impress the community” are more nuanced. The former may well imply a genuine belief in the extraordinary value of the study; the latter is again a little more cynical and reflects on the effect that language can have on the legacy of a paper and its echo within the community once this has been published.

Admittedly, the different answers are somewhat interconnected: an emphasis on impact may intentionally be sought with the peer-review process in mind; moreover, editors and reviewers are often members of a relevant community themselves. Therefore, all those aspects cannot be truly considered in isolation and may well complement each other. Interestingly, about 40% of the respondents interpreted the use of hyperbolic language as a means to affect the publication process, either at editor assessment (“to impress editors”: 21.4%) or during technical evaluation (“to impress reviewers”: 17%). The majority of the voters instead opted for “emphasize impact” (39.1%) possibly considering the intrinsic value of a piece of research, while the remaining 22.6% opted for “to impress the community” focusing on ways to amplify its resonance among peers.

The statistical significance of this poll is obviously limited (based on sample size — 407 votes — and sample selection), and the narrow list of available choices just allowed us to scratch the surface of the phenomenon, preventing any firm conclusion. Nevertheless, we would like to thank all people who took part, and those who shared comments and considerations with our editorial office, which are useful to reflect on this issue more deeply. From the feedback we received, we realized once more how journals can play an important role in popularizing good practice in scientific writing. Therefore, in the following, we would like to mention a few aspects of our policies that relate to the use of hyperbolic language.

The use of expressions such as extraordinary, unprecedented, paradigm-shift and related terms to qualify the findings of a given study is relatively frequent in today’s papers, and some studies even suggest an increasing trend over the past years 3 . However, one of the first things to notice is that such hyperbolic statements almost always contradict one of the most important principles of sciences, which is objectivity.

Our editorial office does not perform a stringent screening to spot the presence of hyped language or catchy phrases during initial article evaluation. We do, however, assess the strength of evidence for the major claims of the article at length. In doing so, an editor carefully considers the advances of a study against the background of the published literature, performing an independent screening of related articles. Accordingly, claims of novelty or unprecedented levels of performance are not taken as granted, but are evaluated against relevant benchmarks. Sometimes authors may inadvertently choose reference studies somewhat arbitrarily: a work may appear as an important advance over the references covered in the paper, but may turn out to be less disruptive upon a more thorough literature search. Therefore, it is always preferable to avoid a narrative that is excessively based on superlatives, and focus rather on justifying the advances and explaining the implications of a work for the community. When articles receive positive evaluations during peer review and are accepted in principle for publication at Nature Catalysis we will edit all phrases that are considered excessive or subjective and discuss with authors more appropriate forms to describe their own findings: eventually, advances and novel aspects of a study should be clear from the context, rather than being advertised though overzealous marketing.

In a culture that induces many individuals to self-promotion and competition, the habit to resort to hyperbolic language may be taken with a certain lightness. It is therefore important to remind ourselves that science needs to maintain a high level of rigor and the data should speak for themselves.

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