Busting Myths about Rajasthan - The Melting Pot of Culture and Heritage

by Suresh Godara


Posted on 9th July, 2016


Rajasthan Sand Dunes Camel
Image Credit - Kannan Muthuraman

For many, Rajasthan is the very essence of India, with crenelated forts and impregnable palaces that rise like giant fairy-tale sets above dusty sun-scorched plains and shimmering lakes. People think that Rajasthan is all about unending sand dunes, camels, pagdis, dal-bati and business-minded marwaris. But Rajasthan offers so much more than Rajput warrior history, desert castles and culture. Here are a few myths about Rajasthan that have to be busted!

Myth: Rajasthan is a Desert State - There are just Sand dunes and camels.

Fact: Yes western Rajasthan is a desert, but not all of it. The Aravali Hill range marks the boundary between desert and the other part of the state. It roughly passes through middle of the state, dividing it into two entirely different climatic regions. Yes there are lot of sand dunes and camels on the desert side.

Rajasthan Desert Geological Map

Myth: All Rajasthanis are Marwaris

Fact: Marwari is just an ethnic group, belonging from region of Marwar primarily consisting of the areas of Jodhpur, Barmer and Nagaur.

There are various other ethnic regions in the state too, such as Dhundhar, Shekhawati, Vagad, Hadoti. (Marwar's boundary also follows Aravali)

Rajasthan Marwar Map

Myth: Marwari = a born Businessman

Fact: It used to be the case that most of the people of Marwar region get into their own small or large businesses, and many notable businessmen are Marwari, Jamnalal Bajaj, Birla family are a few to mention.

But all people are not businessmen and can't be, they do indulge in other jobs and works.


Myth: Land of No or very very less Rains

Fact: Have you heard of Kavas flash floods of 2006, the drought prone district of Barmer which was washed away in floods? So we have floods too. The east of Rajasthan, of course recieves more rainfall than its western part, sometimes even more than other regions of the country, but western part does receive rainfall, and a good amount of it.

Rajasthan camels rain
Source: Peepli.org


Myth: Their only attire - Dhoti, kurta, pagri, pagarki, lehenga - choli.

Fact: Yes it is our traditional wear. But not all people wear same and keep wearing this jewellery and such sherwani all the time, as shown in most of the TV serials. (And yes it too vary across the state, just take a 'Pagri')

Rajasthan Attire Lehenga Choli Sherwani

Myth: Rajasthani food = Dal-Baati Churma

Fact: Not 'Dal-Baati churma', always, we have a huge diversity in cuisine, it is just one of them and more famous. Other famous dishes include Bajre ki roti (millet bread) and Lashun ki chutney (hot garlic paste), Mawa Kachori from jodhpur, Alwar ka mawa, Malpauas from pushkar and Rasgollas from Bikaner, "paniya" and "gheriya" from Mewar.

Dal Baati Churma
Dal Baati Churma

Rajasthani Thali
Rajathani Thali


Language

Rajasthani is a common name for all the lan guages of the state. But it consists of so many dialects which are quite different. The language changes for every 20 km, along with culture and food.

If you take tour of whole Rajasthan, you can find more than 10 different words for a same thing. Take the word 'camel' apart from 'ऊँठ' :
1.भेत 2. टोडियो 3. टोरडी 4. डाग 5. सांड

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