The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendant of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaisal, a descendant of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital - Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill.Bahti Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the territory en root Delhi-or-Sind. These caravans earned the town great wealth. Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities. Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized wit folk artists Performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night.
Attractions of the Festivals
The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival, held in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Jaisalmer exercise immense charm, but with the staging of the annual Desert Festival (January - February), it has also become one of the more important events on the annual calendar. Essentially, it is a showcase of the performing arts of the region on the stretching sands around this desert citadel. The Desert Festival is an annual event organized in the beautiful city, Jaisalmer. This three days festival is held in the month of February. Not only the Jaisalmer fort but also the whole Jaisalmer city brims with excitement during the Desert Festival. During the festival, the desert folks sing and dance eloquently to the triumphs and the tragedies of the land. Other major celebrations of the Desert Festival of Rajasthan include the traditional gymnasts, mystical snake charmers, entertaining puppet shows and captivating folk music recitals, Folk dances, exciting competitions and contests, especially the turban tying contest and camel races. Surely a not-to-be missed event. Not only the Jaisalmer fort but also the whole Jaisalmer city brims with excitement during the Desert Festival.