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Kachwahas honour ancestors with black

DNMUM425741 | 11/8/2018 | Author : Sangeeta Pranvendra | WC :366 | India

Rajasthan’s rituals | Protocol dictates what royalty wears on festivals

Jaipur: While its the norm to wear bright colours on festivals, it’s customary for the erstwhile royals of Jaipur to wear black on Diwali.
Black is considered a symbol of loss and bereavement. As per legend, the Kachwaha clan suffered fatal casualties in an ancient war fought on Diwali night. To commemorate these lost relatives, the royals wearing black.
“We have been wearing black on Diwali for generations,” says Diya Kumari, an erstwhile princess. “Folklore says that many of our ancestors were killed in a fierce battle. Later our family deity, Jamvai Mata from Ramgarh, brought them back to life. So black is also worn as a mark of respect and faith in her.”
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