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Gangaur Puja - the conclusion of the 18 day long Gangaur festival - is here. Gangaur festival is observed in various parts of Western and Central India, mainly Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, in honor of the divine couple Shiva and Parvati. Gangaur is made up of two words, ‘Gan’ meaning Shiva, and ‘Gaur’ meaning Parvati or Gauri. A little more history on this day: The story revolves around Parvati being escorted by Lord Shiva from her parental home on the day of their marriage, following a grand farewell. As per ancient scriptures, Parvati had performed severe penance for days to...

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