30 Mar 2024

Indore drenched in colors on Rangpanchami; traditional Gair held; CM Mohan Yadav participates

Indore: Indore was drenched in colors on Rangpanchami on Saturday. Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav arrived at 12 noon to participate in this celebration and played Holi with enthusiasm. He celebrated for about 45 minutes. 

The Chief Minister was in the Gair for about a kilometer from Lodhipura to Shakar Bazar. He rode in the chariot accompanied by Hindrakshak's guard along with MLA Malini Gaur and Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya. CM Dr Yadav was also seen showering colors and gulal. The most exciting moment of today's Gair was when the crowd of lakhs of people gave way to the ambulance passing through the Gair.

The colorful Gair processions of Rang Panchami passed through different routes and reached Rajwada, the heart of the city, where a large number of people had come to be a part of the Gair. Cabinet Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya and public representatives wished Rang Panchami to CM Dr. Mohan Yadav.

On this occasion, Dr. Yadav told the reporters that Gair Indore has a tradition of more than 75 years. A large number of people enjoy it in the Malwa region.

He said that Gair is just a word, in fact in this tradition everyone sets out to make others their own. This is a tradition to remember our glorious past.

Every year on Rangpanchami, there is a tradition of taking out Gair in Indore. Under this, a several kilometer long procession is taken out in Indore, in which everyone comes out to play Holi by applying colors and gulal. People from many places including Indore-Ujjain of Malwa region participate in it.

In the Malwa and Nimar regions of Madhya Pradesh, Holi is considered incomplete without the customary Gair procession held in Indore. Sheer joy and colours awash the streets of Indore as Rangpanchmi comes knocking. Known by different names, the Holi procession or 'Faag yatra' or Gair highlights the cultural aspects of how the festival of colours is celebrated in the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore. 

The origin of Gair dates back to the reign of the Holkar dynasty when members of the royal family would join the common people on the streets to play Holi, transcending class barriers. Bullock carts loaded with herbal colours and flowers would be on standby as people smeared each other with gulal.

Over time, the Gair procession has evolved. A large vehicle now carries flowers, gulal and water tankers, and motor pumps are used to throw colours high in the air, making the streets vibrant and colourful. Even people standing on the balconies can not go without being drenched in the colours. The Gair procession weaves through the city, on various routes around Rajwada, the palace of the former Holkar rulers.   

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