People, Religion and Cuisine

The warm vibrant land of Rajasthan is home to equally warm, loving and caring people who welcome the tourists in Rajasthan with wide smile and open arms. The Marwaris form the main set of people in Rajasthan. These people basically belong to the business class of Rajasthan. Even today, the most famous business families of India such as Birlas, Goenkas, Ruias and Singhanias all belong to the Marwari sect. Among the natives, there is large indigenous populace of Minas (Minawati) in Alwar, Jaipur, Bharatpur, and Dholpur areas. The Bhils are one of the oldest peoples in India, inhabit the districts of Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Banswara, Udaipur, and Sirohi are famous for their skill in archery. The Rajput clan, who were responsible for the construction of some of the grandiose forts and palaces of Rajasthan, also have a formidable presence in the state.

Most people practice Hinduism in Rajasthan with some of the major temples and important religious centres in Rajasthan being Pushkar, Nathdwara and Deshnok. Pushkar is home to the only Brahma Temple in the world and hence sees a steady stream of Hindu pilgrims. But Rajasthan has a fair representation of people from other faiths also. Muslims make up a considerable part of the local populace. The world's greatest Sufi shrine, 'Dargah' of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti lies in Ajmer. Rajasthan also have people professing the Jain religion and the presence of the exquisite Dilwara Temples that is dedicated to Jain monks is an indicator that Jainism prevailed in Rajasthan in the ancient times also. Christians in Rajasthan are mostly concentrated in the big cities and include Roman Catholics, Methodists, Anglicans, and other Protestant denominations.

Apart from these main religions there are many local folk heroes and deities like Pabuji, Ramdeoji, Gogaji, Mahaji, Tejaji and Harbuji who command as much allegiance and loyalty of the disciples as any other religion of Rajasthan.

The cuisine of Rajasthan is delicious and leaves many tourists licking their fingers in sheer delight. The cuisine of Rajasthani has been highly influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients (or rather, the lack of it) in the desert region. Scarcity of water and lack of fresh green vegetables also has their effect on Rajasthani cooking. Hence, when you tour the desert cities of Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur in Rajasthan, you would see that instead of water, milk, clarified butter and buttermilk are more commonly being used.

The culinary art of Rajasthan has been further honed by the passion for hunting by Maharajas in the erstwhile times that just loved eating game food. From here came the trend of non-vegetarian food in Rajasthan, which was further reinforced by the Pathan invasion that bought with them the art of barbecuing. But vegetarians, need not fear - Rajasthan also has plenty of vegetarian food to satisfy the palate. This was mainly propagated by Maheshwaris of Jodhpur, who didn't even?use ?garlic and onion

One of the best - known Rajasthani dish is the combination of dal, bati and churma. Known for its spicy and rich taste, the cuisine in Rajasthan is often a exotic combination of spices, meat and vegetables. The bati, lachhedar paratha and besan ki missi puri are types of bread peculiar to Rajasthan. You can spice up vacations in Rajasthan by trying out the various chutneys that are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic.

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