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6 Fairs Of Rajasthan You Cannot Miss

 
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    Fairs of Rajasthan

    Photo credit: Anne Roberts - flickr

    Jaipur is not only known for its pink buildings and architecture, it is equally colourful during fairs and festivals. The vibrant culture and ethnicity of the many fairs that this city sports have led to Rajasthan carving out a unique niche for itself with respect to festivities.

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    During a fair or a festival here, you can often witness people irrespective of their caste or creed, wealth or status come together to celebrate culture and tradition as one large happy family.

    While each region of Rajasthan has its own folk and culture, in the Pink city you can experience a unique kaleidoscope of vibrancy all year around. This city has more fairs and fanfare than any other city in India and these have been celebrated down the ages with great fervour and passion.

    Photo credit: Riccardo Romano - flickr

    Through the bursts of colour; the drama of processions in traditional attire; cut outs of Gods, parading of animals and people in masks; the larger than life celebrations that pour on streets and gullies -- you can feel Jaipur come alive as if straight out of a storybook.

    Add to that merry making and folk singing, an array of mouth-watering street food, worship and prayer that unfolds on the streets and a Jaipur fair has to be experienced in all its glory to truly feel its effervescence.

    Famous fairs of Jaipur:

    1. Beneshwar Fair

    Perhaps one of the most memorable fairs of Jaipur is the Beneshwar Fair which is held in the month of January and February during the time of Shivarathri at Dungarpur.

    Photo credit: Shreyans Bhansali - flickr

    This tribal celebration is held on the banks of the Mahi and Som rivers and offers a multitude of song and worship, folk songs, magic and animal shows. The Nagaur Fair is celebrated in January and February every year and here, you can see the farmer community come in hordes to buy and sell their cattle. One of the many attractions of this fair is the selling of animal hides in attractive shapes and patterns during the fair.  

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    2. Gogaji Fair

    Among some of the other well-known Jaipur fairs is also the Gogaji Fair which is held at the Goga Medi in Ganganagar district. This is usually held in the month of August . During this Fair, the Snake God is worshipped and many devotees gather here to pay homage to the Samadhi at Goga Medi.  By doing so, the superstitious folk of this region, believe that they can be cured of snake bites and other diseases.

    Other famous fairs in Rajasthan:

    3. Ramdevra Fair, Jaisalmer

    Photo credit: Ajuntament de Vilanova i la Geltrú - flickr

    Another important Fair is the Ramdevra Fair in Jaisalmer. This small village gets its name from Baba Ramdev. Many devotees attend this Fair and pay homage to him with ‘bajans’ and ‘kirtans’ that are sung late into the night.

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    4. The Marwar Festival, Jodhpur

    The Marwar Festival which is held in the month of October is yet another important event  in Jodhpur that lets you into a  great display of the art and culture of this region. During this festival, folk dancers display scenes from battle and enact the brave acts of warriors of those times. A camel tattoo show and polo matches are also played as a part of the festivities, adding a touch of gaiety to the shows. The Umaid Bhavan Palace comes alive during the festival and is a sight to behold.

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    5. The Kaila Devi Fair,  Karauli district

    Photo credit: Riccardo Romano - flickr

    The Kaila Devi Fair is another star attraction in these parts. Held during the months of April and March in the Kaila village of Rajasthan, it is celebrated for almost a fortnight. This fair is held on the banks of the river Kalisil in Kaila village. You can see a steady flow of devotees here all year round who gather here to pay homage to the shrine of goddess Devi.

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    6. The Kolayat Fair, Bikaner

    Photo credit: Shreyans Bhansali - flickr

    The Kolyat Fair held in Bikaner is another important festival in these parts. This Fair lasts for a whole 10 days. It is believed that Kapil Muni was in deep meditation here making it a sacred site. At this important place, you can see a lake with several ghats surrounded by banyan trees. Here ‘aarthi is performed for the devotees and lamps are set afloat in the lake making it a truly resplendent site.

    At this auspicious fair, cattle like camels and horses are also paraded and sold and breeders are given special awards for the pride that they take in their fellow creatures.

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