!! मंगळा-गौरीचे खेळ (Mangala Gauri Khel)!!

!!मंगळा-गौरीचे खेळ !!
When I was an active member of Sanskar-bharti I use to travel with my group for Mangla-gauri che khel in Shravan. I was than fascinated by the same and could relate to it only after my marriage.
Mangla-gaur is celebrated by some of the maharastrain Brahmin families. It is celebrated by the newly married women for long life of husband and well-being of the family. It is done on every Tuesday of Shravan month. Ideally she has to do the same for first 5 years of marriage. But nowadays families keep it to first year only. . The women has to do puja of Mangla-gaur(a roop of Parvati devi), fast for the entire day and then later in evening do Arti with other women folk in family and neighborhood. Years ago they use to spend entire night singing, playing games and dancing. These games were different from everyday games and are named as “mangla-gaur che khel”.

I saw many blogs on this topic and thought that i should also share my experience about the same. In my first year of marriage I did not celebrate the festival due to various reasons. In second year, however I was pretty enthusiast about the same. I did not had exact idea of the entire process as such and had to call up my friends . After speaking with 2-3 of them, I felt that is such a interesting function. For some it is just a ritual, but we try to understand the essence behind it we understand that is was a very good reason for a “ladies day out”. 😉 And give them a break (may be a small one)from daily chores.

I wanted to follow the ritual as it is, but wanted to customize it little so that the idea of that “small break” remained!. I called up Madhuri Tai from Sanskar-Bharti. “I would like to specifically mention here that SANSKAR BHARTI is doing an amazing job of conserving our traditions. A group of ladies from Sasnkar bharti practice these khel prior to 2-3 months of shravan every year and then perform at functions.” Nowadays they have started performing the same at various functions and not just the shravani Tuesdays as such.

I drafted an email and invited all my friends .There was an amazing response to the program which I did not expect at all. I got excellent and encouraging comments for organizing the same. All the women folk were happy to see such a event planned.

To add more fun, we organized the “best maharashtrian dressed” competition and asked all the ladies(guest) to dress up in maharastrain traditional wear. About 80% of the guest turned up in beautifully dressed navaris and nuth..

The group came on time and started the program with Ganesh vandana, followed by common games like jhimma/fugadi. Later the games were a little complicated and scary but very interesting. I was very happy to see all of them enjoying and having fun.
After the program we had arranged for snacks.. and tree plantation activity. With concrete jungles all over and nuclear families, such events are surely going to get us closer to people and nature apart from tradition.
PS: Incase you wish to plan your Mangla-gaur or want to invite these groups for any of your functions, I have lot of contacts with various groups in Pune.
 Please email me on sdimber@gmail.com
(Photo Courtesy: Sheetal Dimber Ghule)


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7 thoughts on “!! मंगळा-गौरीचे खेळ (Mangala Gauri Khel)!!”

  1. I have seen these amazing “Mangla Gauri che Khel” @smieeta place. They are a treat to watch. The immense energy levels and enthusiasm exhibited by the beautiful ladies have left a long lasting impact!
    I highly recommend this social engagement for the youngsters of today, to appreciate our culture.

  2. i attended one such event at Smieetaa Dimber’s place and it was awesome. The traditional dance , the taps, claps and the acts were really fabulous and these ladies doing the act were all power packs. Hats off to them to keep the culture and tradition alive in this techno world.

  3. I have recieved so many emails for enquiries…I did pass on the required info, but they forgot to give a feedback:
    ====================================

    Hi,
    >
    > After 3 years of marriage I wish to plan my magalagaur at my home kalyani nagar .
    >
    > Will you please tell me what will be cost of mangalagaur package and does it includes only games or pooja ??
    >
    > Are you able to manage games at home ?
    >
    > Waiting for your reply
    >
    > Regards,
    > Smita

    Smieetaa

    8/13/15

    to Smita

    Sent from my iPhone

    > On 13-Aug-2015, at 10:58 pm, Smieetaa wrote:

    >

    > I am connected with 3 groups who do manglagaur khel. U have to book them in advance. It includes only games and Arti at the end .. In case u have big space at u r home u can have planned it at home.

    > Based on number of people attending

    > Finalise place. For anything more than 25 u shud choose hall.

    >

    > Where did you get my contact from? Blog??

    >

    > Sent from my iPhone

    >

    >> On 13-Aug-2015, at 9:57 pm, Smita Chopadekar wrote:

    >>

    >> Hi,

    >>

    >> After 3 years of marriage I wish to plan my magalagaur at my home kalyani nagar .

    >>

    >> Will you please tell me what will be cost of mangalagaur package and does it includes only games or pooja ??

    >>

    >> Are you able to manage games at home ?

    >>

    >> Waiting for your reply

    >>

    >> Regards,

    >> Smita C

  4. I Have planned to perform the Mangalaguary poojan of my daughter on 16th August 2016 in Dombivali. ( DIst Thane)
    I would like to keep your programme during this pooja day in the evening time.
    Please let me know whether you are doing such pooja function.
    If so I would like to know other details. ( Money you are charging, Time of the event etc.)
    Please mark a copy of your reply to following mail address also as this is my office email and not accessible from home.

    Regards,
    svsathe
    Namaskar Sathe Sir,

    i will share with you the numbers of group who do Mangla gauri che khel.

    They were charging about xxx including transport until last year, but I am not sure about the current rates.

    It is better you call them and ask if they would perform in Dombivally as they all are based out of Pune.

    smita dimber-Raikar

    Mar 28

    to Sathe

    Namaskar Sathe Sir,

    i will share with you the numbers of group who do Mangla gauri che khel.

    They were charging including transport until last year, but I am not sure about the current rates.

    It is better you call them and ask if they would perform in Dombivally as they all are based out of Pune.

    You can tell them that Mrs. Smita Raikar-Dimber has shared their contacts and they shall help you. Incase you need any other help, please do let me know.

    thanks,

    smieetaa

  5. Dear Ms. Smieetaa,

    I am planning to have MangalaGuri Pooja for my daughter in law this Shravan. I read about you on net.

    We stay in Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

    Can you please forward me names of groups who organise Khel for this occasion

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    Regards,

    Shubha Deo

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