Rajasthan has added a new festival to its annual calendar, the Sawai Madhopur utsav. Sawai Madhopur celebrated the Foundation Day of the city of Sawai Madhopur for the first time as ‘Sawai Madhopur Utsav’ on 19 and 20 January this year. This was the day on which Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I established the city of Sawai Madhopur.
However, this year will mark a new beginning in the festivity. The Collector, Sawai Madhopur, Poonam Anandi in collaboration with Gunijankhana, Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh Jaipur Museum Society headed by MLA, Sawai Madhopur Princess Diya Kumari (a descendant of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I) decided to take the celebrations on to the world tourism map. Henceforth, the Utsav will be an annual feature.
The programmes included Maha Arti at the famous Trinetra Ganesh Mandir in the Ranthambhore Fort, Maha Arti at Kala Ghoda Bhairav, exhibition, shobha yatra from Dand Veer Balaji to Rajbagh, rural games like Tug-of-War, Matka Race,turban tying competitions, football, wrestling and Kabbadi and cultural programmes at the Dusherra Maidan. Also a kite festival, a heritage walk and Anoop Jalota night.
Princess Diya Kumari said that the objective of the Utsav is to instil and enhance the sense of pride in the local citizens about their history and culture. She hoped that that in times to come it will be a part of the tourism festival calendar and will give a boost to tourism in the region.
The Utsav is being envisioned as a festival of the rich heritage, culture, art and craft of the region. National and International dignitaries and tourists will also partake in the festival.
The Heritage Walk passed from the famous Galta Mandir going through Aamne Samne Ka Mandir, Thahera Kund, Nagar Seth Ji Ki Haveli, Govind Dev Ji Ka Mandir, Rang Ji Ka Mandir, Panchayati Jain Mandir, Diwan Ji Ka Mandir, Keshavrai Ji Ka Mandir, Atkeshwar Kund, Gopal Ji Ka Mandir, Kala Gaura Bhaira Mandir and ended at Bheru Darwaza. The Convener of INTACH, Sawai Madhopur Chapter, Padam Khatri convened the Heritage walk.
The Kite Utsav which was held at the Indira ground in Sawai Madhopur was a huge hit among the local populace. Over 4000 kites were distributed among the general public and school students. Another attraction of the kite utsav was the unique kite making by Ms. Sky Morison from Canada who had been specially invited by the Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh Jaipur Museum Society (Gunijankhana).