As soon as the name Rajasthan comes, a different image is created in the mind of the people, where the colloquialism, lifestyle, food, rich heritage, and traditions have their own unique identity in the country and abroad. Rajasthan is a very colorful state where you will find a wide range of festivals and fairs that reflect the multicolored culture here. Rajasthan hosts several fairs throughout the year that attract tourists from all over the world to experience Rajasthani folk dances, beautiful handicrafts, cuisine, and the heartwarming hospitality of the state. Traditional Rajasthani dress, folk songs, and various interesting competitions can also be seen at these fairs. Today, in this episode, we are going to give you information about some major fairs in Rajasthan, experiencing which will be a great achievement in itself. Let's know about these fairs...
One of the most memorable fairs of Jaipur is the Beneshwar Fair held in Dungarpur in January and February during Shivratri. This tribal festival is held on the banks of the Mahi and Som rivers and is full of song and worship, folk songs, magic, and animal shows. The Nagaur fair is celebrated every year in January and February and the farming community comes here to buy and sell their cattle.
Pushkar Camel Fair
Pushkar is especially known for this Pushkar Camel Fair and this fair is the biggest cattle trade fair in India. It is one of the largest camel fairs in the world and the largest fair for buying and selling livestock. It has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights are competitions such as matka phad, longest mustache, and bride contests that attract thousands of tourists. One of the rituals of the fair is to take a dip in Pushkar Lake. It is celebrated for five days from Kartik Ekadashi to Kartik Purnima.
Fair of gogaji
One of the famous Jaipur fairs is the Gogaji fair which is held at Goga Medi in the Ganganagar district. It is usually held in August. During this fair, the snake god is worshiped and many devotees gather to pay homage at the Samadhi at Goga Medi. The people of this region believe that by doing this they can be cured of snake bites and other diseases.
Another important fair is the Ramdevra fair in Jaisalmer. The name of this small village is Baba Ramdevra. Many devotees attend this fair and pay homage to him with 'Bhajan' and 'Kirtan'. The Ramdevra fair is held after the death of Baba Ramdev Ji, who was a Tanwar Rajput and a saint. This fair is a huge fair, which is held here from Bhado Sudi 2 to Bhado Sudi 11. It takes place from August to September. Thousands of devotees come in large groups from far and wide to Ramdevra Mela. Irrespective of their caste, creed, or religious affiliation, these devotees assemble at the shrine dedicated to the saint. These groups come to pay homage to Baba and organize bhajans and kirtans throughout the night.
The Marwar Festival, held in October, is an important event in Jodhpur that engages you with a spectacular display of the region's art and culture. During this festival, folk dancers enact battle scenes, and the brave deeds of warriors of those times can be seen here. Camel tattoo shows and polo matches are also an important part of the festival which adds to its grandeur. Umaid Bhawan Palace comes alive during the festivities.
Kaila Devi Fair
Kaila Devi Fair is held during April and March in Kaila village of Rajasthan, it is celebrated for about a fortnight. This fair is held on the banks of the Kalisil River in Kaila village. You can see the movement of devotees throughout the year, who gather here to pay homage to the goddess at the shrine.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
This festival is celebrated in the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan which is also known as the Golden City. This is the best time in Jaisalmer to witness performing arts like Kalbelia dance, folk songs, and music. The Desert Festival in Rajasthan begins with many spectacular events and lasts for 3 days. Tourists come here from all over India and around the world to enjoy the real and typical Rajasthani lifestyle and culture. The Desert Festival is celebrated on the full moon day and represents the rich and colorful Rajasthani folk culture.