Gujarat Fairs Festivals
India is a spectacular country and is a true example of “Unity in Diversity” And be it languages, cultures, scripts, ethnicities, cuisines, India is full of life! And as we know, India has so many states and to your surprise there are many fairs and festivals that each of these states hosts either seasonally or annually and attract tourist and visitors from our country and world over.
Gujarat is not only famous for Narendra Modi, Gandhi ji and khaakras but interestingly it is also, one such state that hosts over 3500 colorful and dynamic fairs and festivals throughout the year!
Here’s a list of some marvelous fairs and celebrations that the state organizes in a chronological order:
Bhavnath Mahadev Mela (February)
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Bhavnath Mahadev Temple located at the foot of Mount Girnar, Junagadh is the venue of this fair. It is celebrated in February (Magh month of the Hindu calendar.) It lasts for five days, beginning on Mahashivratri. Stalls of holy items are put up by vendors who come especially for the festival. One key feature of the fair is the participation of the Naga Bavas. The fair attracts world tourists.
Chitra –Vichitra Mela (March)
This fair is conducted annually by the Garasis and Bhil tribes in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat in March-April. These tribal people showcase their excellence in art, culinary expertise, vivid costumes, and ethnic jewellery. The enthralling tale of the origin of the festival traces back to the Mahabharata era. Chitravirya and Vichitravirya, the two sons of King Santanu, immolated themselves on this holy land to mark penance for their sins.
This festival is the brainchild of the tourism department in Gujarat. Apart from the plethora of dance, music, food, handicraft, costume etc. the occasion id dedicated to flourish harmony.
This fair is held on the ninth day in the brighter half of the Chaitra (March/April) month. The significance of the occasion is the eventful marriage of Lord Krishna and Rukmini. The venue is Madhavpur at Porbandar.
Tarnetar No Melo
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Trinetrashwar Mahadev Temple is the center of attraction of this fair. It is popular for the wedding of Arjuna and Draupadi of the Mahabharata era. Holy music, holy bath, and rituals mark the ceremony. In present times locals come here to seek life partners for themselves and their kith and kin. The Bharwad community is most strongly associated with the celebration. The fair commemorates in September.
Vautha Fair (November)
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It is held at Vautha village which is the meeting point of seven rivers (Saptasangam). The speciality is the trade of donkeys at the fair. It is marked in the month of Kartik, on the day of Kartik Purnima. It is a grand animal fair, and the donkeys are adorned and decorated beautifully to attract buyers. It lasts for five days, bringing an influx of onlookers.
The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated on this day in the Lord’s own land, Dwarka. He resided there till he left his earthly life, and the beautiful kingdom was lost in the depths of the sea. The festival is also known as Krishna Jayanti. The Lord is worshiped in the best possible way, in temples and homes of the locals, irrespective of caste and creed.
Modhera Dance Festival
This is one of the supreme ways to celebrate art and culture. Dedicated to the Solanki Era, who constructed the marvellous Sun Temple of Modhera, this dance festival is conducted each year. It takes place post Uttarayan, in January, Modhera, Mehsana district.
13. International Kite Festival
Uttarayan or Makar Sanskriti marks the culmination of the Kite festival in Gujarat, celebrated in January. The azure blue skies, the gushing wind propel the soaring kites, and engulf everyone who witnesses the event. At night paper lanterns dimly light up the night sky with the kites still competing against each other. This festival welcomes spring and its colors. The Gods are awaken when the sun enters the northern hemisphere.
Apart from the above mentioned, festivals that are observed across the nation are also celebrated in Gujarat, like Christmas, Id, Diwali, Holi, and Ganesh Chaturthi.