Proud elegance, silky-shiny coats and a graceful, powerful physique – the supreme Marwari horses have been worshipped in India as magical creatures for thousands of years. People say they descended directly from the Gods, that once when the Gods were sitting round the fire, there was so much soot that one of the Gods had to cry. One of the tears from his right eye changed into a stallion, and one of his tears from the left eye produced a mare. Ever since, the people in Rajasthan have believed that horses are Gods.
Maharaja – palaces, temples and citadels, women in colourful saris and men with bright turbans – the land of the Rajas, the king’s sons, arouse fantasies reminiscent of One Thousand and One Nights. Lively trading and war-related incidents from the past have led to the emergence of a unique horse culture in the region: Marwaris are the proud horses of the Indian Rajas.
Each year in November, the small, barren desert oasis of Pushkar is transformed into a place of pilgrimage for millions of Indians. Everybody who is anybody on the horse scene in Rajasthan – Maharajas, breeders and horse masters – meets at the Pushkar Mela, the turbulent market for over 50,000 horses and camels. Pushkar is the place where the legendary Marwaris are bought and sold.
14-year old Sonaram has dreamt of a life with horses for years. He has been hired as a stable boy and has been given the opportunity to purchase one of the rare ‘holy foals’ for his breeder. These ‘Panch Kalian horses’ have five white spots on their coats – a sign that they will bring their owners five times as much luck, the saying goes. Sonaram makes his way to the Thar desert with the old horse master from his farm to buy this ‘holy horse’.
The film accompanies the two of them on their arduous journey through the heat and sand, with motorbike and camel-drawn carriage, from horse festivals to luxury farms. With them we have the chance to see the warrior-like temperament of the proud Marwaris in riding competitions. We find out when a mare needs Ayurvedic massages and why Indians believe that taming a horse is like subjugating to the cosmos. We discover that there are swirls on the foreheads of Marwaris that bring good luck and learn why Rajputs avoid black stallions.
Director Ilka Franzmann takes us on a journey through the mystical world of Marwari horses in India capturing spectacular images along the way. We experience the loving friendship between the young stable boy and his holy foal. And we are there when Sonaram risks his whole future when the foal is about to be sold…
Original Author: Produced by Free High-Quality Documentaries and published on 17/10/2020 Source