Culture in Srinagar
Just as in anywhere else, culture in Srinagar has been formed by the amalgamation of different factors. Among them, the history of the town played a major role in this regard. For examples, the kings here had been great patrons of art and culture. This resulted into the development of a unique school of painting known as the Garhwal Paintings. However, before we go into that, let us look into the wonderful people who have lived here since time immemorial.
People of Srinagar
In general, Garhwali people are simple, friendly and very close to nature. However, as Srinagar has been the capital of a prosperous kingdom for more than 900 years and is located directly on Char Dham route, the inhabitants here have been have been subjected to outside influence to a greater extent. Consequently, they have a developed an urban culture that is typically their own.
Language of Srinagar
Classical Garhwali spoken in Srinagar is believed to have been derived from Khas Prakrit, which in turn has been derived from pure Sanskrit. It is written in Devnagari Script and has many Sanskrit words in it.
Costumes in Srinagar
Religion in SrinagarPeople of Srinagar mostly follow Hinduism. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here though one can find famous Vishnu and Shakti temples located within its periphery. Most of the fairs and festivals celebrated by the inhabitants of this town relate to their religion.
Fairs and Festivals in Srinagar
Baikunth Chaturdashi Festival in SrinagarBaikunth Chaturdashi festival takes place in the Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple of Srinagar during the Shukla Chaturdashi in the month of Kartik (October/November). It portrays a nice blend of tradition and entertainment. It is said that whoever prays with a lighted lamp on the night of Kartik Shukla Chaturdashi is blessed with a child. That is why one can see scores of childless couples standing with a lighted diya in hand praying to Lord Shiva all through the night. A fair is organized from the next day. The town is also decorated with light.
Earlier the Baikunth Chaturdashi fair was held for one day only; but now it has been extended to five days by the Srinagar Nagar Palika. People from far and near come here to sell and buy. Apart from such economic activities, the fair offers scope for recreation and entertainment. Cultural shows are organized as part of this festival. Sports too find adequate representation.
Other Festivals in Srinagar
Folk Songs of Srinagar
Folk Dances in SrinagarFolk dances are mainly danced in groups and often are accompanied by songs of the same name. Thadiya dances are example of this genre. These dances are generally performed during fairs and festivals. Pashwa,Chauffulla, Sarron, Holi etc are other genre of folk dances popular in this region.
Most of these folk songs and dances are generally accompanied by different musical instruments such as ‘Dhol and Damoun’, ‘Daur and Thali’, ‘Turri’, ‘Ransingha’, ‘Dholki’, ‘Masakbhaja’, ‘Bhankora’ etc. Nowadays, musician also play Harmonium and Tabla.
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