Graffiti Wedding Invitations Of Jaisalmer

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Earlier this week, while walking through the bylanes inside Jaisalmer Fort, I noticed something very unique. The walls outside many houses had identical graffiti painted. Upon closer inspection, I saw that the paintings were actually wedding invitations!

Our guide, Satish bhaiyya who had been sent with us by Club Mahindra Jaisalmer resort where we were putting up, was a local of Jaisalmer. He explained that this unique method of drawing graffiti wedding invitations on the walls was an age old tradition which was still followed by all.

Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort

A week before the wedding, the invitation is painted on the wall next to the entrance of the house. The invitation includes names of the bride and the groom, the date of the ceremony and an image of Lord Ganesha along with kalash and swastika. You can know if the son of the house is getting married or the daughter is, depending on the placement of the names. If the daughter’s name is placed before, then this is the bride’s house.

Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort

This practice is old, and dates back to many decades ago. However, it is equally appreciated by the present generation and not really forced upon them. The entire society is on the same page and this unique way of making news of a marriage in a family certainly makes the people of Jaisalmer different and far ahead of times. Not only is a lot of paper saved, but money and effort saved are also used in more productive purposes.

Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort

The invitations remain on the wall until there is another wedding in the family, and that could be years later too. When the next wedding comes up, the invitation is replaced with the new one and that stays up until the next wedding.

Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort

The streets and bylanes of Jaisalmer, specially inside the fort area, are populated by houses on both sides and every turn brings one face to face with a wedding invitation. It was a delight to walk through the narrow lanes, kept spotlessly clean, and chancing upon the various graffiti invitations on the walls of the houses. About the houses, people, shops and feel of the Jaisalmer Fort, I’ll need to write a separate post.

Below are few more pictures of graffiti wedding invitations of Jaisalmer.

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Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
Graffiti wedding invitations painted next to the entrances of houses inside Jaisalmer Fort
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    1. Thank you for stopping by Jitaditya! Am sure you must have spotted something I missed, there is always so much to see and bring back stories about, from all our travels πŸ™‚

  1. This is really cool yeah! I loved seeing the graffiti culture in the west. Some with messages of love, some rebel and some simply dominated by art! But this, is really something. Speaks a lot about our society and the attention given to weddings.

  2. Unique way to say: Wedding time in this area!! You took nice pictures around the city and this post is interesting reading too!!! Anyway I have a question, if I am a friend of one of them, how can I know about my invitation?!?! πŸ˜€

  3. This is a very interesting tradition. I didn’t know something like this existed. I have seen much of Rajasthan but strangely I have never been to Jaiselmer. Perhaps, it’s time to plan a trip there soon.

  4. I remember how much I loved this idea of a a wedding invitation when I went to Jaisalmer. It was a challenge to walk around the fort and look for these grafittis. It’s so cool that they don’t pain over them and that they will stay there forever, to remember the town that love is all around πŸ™‚

  5. Wow this is so unique! I definitely learned something new tonight reading this. I love how the keep with their traditions, but that it is not forced upon. The invitations are all so beautiful. Lovely post!

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