Most famous fairs in Himachal Pradesh (2022)

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Fairs and festivals are considered a simple and medium to connect the culture and human feelings of any country and state. Himachal fairs are very famous. People from abroad also come to see the fairs held on Kullu’s Dussehra and Parashar. But more or less similar fairs are held in every village of Himachal. As far as I have read somewhere and I remember that there is a ban on the purchase of land by outsiders in Himachal.

 Fairs in Himachal Pradesh
Fairs in Himachal Pradesh
 Fairs in Himachal Pradesh
Fairs in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh Fairs
Himachal Pradesh Fairs

Markandaya Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair is celebrated every year on the time of Vaisakhi for three days in front of the temple of sage Markandeya in Makri village of Bilaspur. It is believed that Sage Markandeya was born here and people take a bath in the holy water here and pray for their wishes to be fulfilled.

Nayna Devi Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

The fair held during Navratras in Bilaspur district is dedicated to Shri Nayana Devi. There is a belief about the temple that when King Daksha did not invite Mada (Lord Shiva) to the yagya, the enraged Daksha’s daughter (Sati) sacrificed her life by jumping into the Havan-kund. Due to the fact that Mother Sati’s eye part is in this place, a temple was built at this place and it was read as Nayana Devi. Guru Gobind Singh Ji had offered prayers in this temple. A panoramic view of Bilaspur and Gobind Sagar is visible from here.

Other Devi Fairs, Himachal Pradesh:-

Himachal Pradesh is famous for the fairs of Devi. Chantpurni in Una district, Jwala ji in Kangra and Brajeshwari Devi have major fairs. In all these temples, Chaitra is held in the month of Shravan. In these fairs, people from far and wide come to see the goddess with their own wishes.

Gugga Pir Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair is celebrated in the memory of Gugga Pir in the Gugga Temple Batehar Uparali (Sadar Bilaspur). People believe that Gugga protects them from snakebites and other ghosts.

Hatkoti Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair is organized in Hatkot (Rohar) in the memory of Durga Mata. Is. It is believed that this temple of Hatkoti was built by King Virat. The relation of Pandavas is associated with this temple. The octagonal idol of the mother in the temple is unique.

Rohru Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

Usually this fair is organized in Vaishakh (mid-April) in Rohru market in front of the temple of deity Shikru. The Shikaru deity is rotated at Dhantali, Jakhar Dashlani, Gangtoli and Rohru. These are considered to be the five abodes of the deity.

Sippy Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

Celebrated in Sipur (Shimla district), this fair is dedicated to the deity Sip. Before the formation of Himachal Pradesh, this fair was celebrated in the princely state of Koti at the time of taking office of the king. It was a custom that the king used to worship the deity Sip before assuming his throne. Sippy Mela is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Kufri Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair is organized in Dagahogi village near Mashobra to remember the occasion of Ramayana, when Hanuman built a bridge connecting Lanka with the help of monkeys.

Shoolini Fair Shuline Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair of Solan is dedicated to Shoolini Devi, the younger sister of Durga Mata. This goddess has been the Kuldevi of Shak of the former Baghat princely state. The seven sisters were Hinglaj Devi, Jethi Jwalaji, Lugasani Devi, Naina Devi, Nauga Devi, Shoolini Devi and Tara Devi. The seven sisters are considered to be incarnations of Durga. Shoolini fair is celebrated on the last day of Nina Thapa Mar. Son is also named after Deni Shalini.

Renuka Fair, Himachal Pradesh:-

In the memory of Renuka Mata, this fair is organized in district Sirmaur. Sage Jamadagni (father of Parashu Rama) was killed by King Sahasrvajuna. After this Jamadagni’s wife Renuka committed suicide by jumping into the lake. Another belief is that Parashu Rama killed his mother Renuka on the orders of his father Jamadagni. Even today, thousands of people come to the fair on the day of Ekadashi in the month of Kartik and offer prayers here. The shape of the lake appears like a female dormant from the top of the hill.

Baba Balak Nath Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair is celebrated to remember the miraculous power of Baba Balak Nath (Sanyasa Child) at a place called Diyot Siddha. It is believed that Baba Balak Nath was born in Girinar, Kathiawadh (Junagarh State). This miraculous boy also roamed around Talai Bilaspar, where he used to graze cattle. In Diyot Siddha, the child attained Siddhi. In the memory of Baba, rotis are distributed among the devotees in this fair.

Hola Mohalla Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

Mainly this Holi festival is celebrated in Paonta (Sirmaur district). The beginning of this fair is associated with the stay of Guru Gobind Singh in Paonta. During the Guru’s stay, 52 poets lived in his court. In fact the Hola Mohalla Mela started from Anandpur Sahib (Punjab) where the Guru observed the bravery and military prowess of his army.

Mela Baba Barbhag Singh, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair runs throughout the month in the month of Jyeshtha at a place called Maidi in Una district. A large number of people from Punjab go to this fair. It is famous for powers and many folk tales are prevalent about it. A fair is also held on Amavasya of Ati month of Jyeshtha month.

Mani Mahesh Fair, Himachal Pradesh :-

It is 65 KM from Chamba. There is a religious place far away. There is a beautiful lake here. There is a Shiva temple on the banks of the lake which is called the house of Shiva. A fair is held here 15 days after Krishna Janmashtami, which is called Mani Mahesh Yatra.

Shivratri Mandi, Himachal Pradesh :-

In Himachal, small fairs are held at many places on the day of Shivratri, but the Shivratri fair of Mandi has been going on since very ancient times. This fair is related to King Abarsen of Mandi, because he was the first to establish Shivling in Mandi and since then Shivratri fair started in Mandi.

Nalwari Fair of Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair is generally celebrated from 17th to 23rd March. This is a cattle trade fair, which is famous for the cattle trade in the surrounding area, especially for the bullocks. At this time this fair is celebrated as a state level fair. The fair begins with the traditional way of burying Khandi. Till 1962 this fair was celebrated at Sandu Maidan.

After the submergence of this ground in the Gobind Sagar, this fair is celebrated at Luhanu Maidan. With the burying of Khandi, bull worship is done and peace begins. Along with the cattle fair some shops are also set up. Simultaneously, ‘Chhinj’ is organized in which wrestlers from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal participate.

The winner of the final wrestling is given a roar of silver, which symbolizes Hanuman’s mace. During the fair, the buying and selling of animals goes on, due to which new animals come and old ones are sold.

Nalwari Fair of Sunder Nagar, Himachal Pradesh :-

This fair is celebrated from 9 to 17 Chaitra (March). This is the biggest cattle fair in the state and is many times bigger than Bilaspur Nalwad. In this animal, farmers from district Mandi, Kangra, Bilaspur and Hamirpur come to buy bullocks. It is understood that all this is an ancient cattle fair.

Nalwad of Bilaspur, Bhangrotu started later. It is also believed that King Nal came to Sundar Nagar (Suket) with King Chetsen. King Nal advised that a food trade fair should be started to improve the economic condition of the people. King Chetsen started this fair and named it Nalwad.

This fair is celebrated in an area above one kilometre in the Lindi Khad. Animals and animals are visible far and wide in the areas of Khad and Ara. Animals and animals live in the ravines and fields for six to seven days during the fair.

Mijjar Fair, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh :-

The Minjar Mela is celebrated in 935 AD in the Chamba Valley of Himachal Pradesh, to commemorate the victory of the Raja of Chamba over the ruler of Trigarta (now known as Kangra).

It is said that on the return of their victorious king, people greeted him with garlands of paddy and maize, which symbolize prosperity and happiness. This fair is organized on the second Sunday of the month of Shravan.

The fair is heralded by the distribution of the minjar, a silk pendant worn by men and women alike on parts of the dress. It signifies the shoots of tasli paddy and maize which make their appearance around this time of the year. The week-long fair begins when the Minjar flag is unfurled at the historic Chaugan.

Dussehra Kullu, Himachal Pradesh :-

Kullu’s Dussehra is famous all over India. Like in other places, the preparation for this festival starts ten days or a week before. Men and women, all dressed in beautiful clothes, go out with the trumpets, bugles, drums, drums, flutes, etc. The hill people worship their village deity by taking out a procession with great pomp. The idols of the deities are beautifully decorated in very attractive palanquins.

Along with this, they also worship their main deity Raghunath ji. Trained dancers perform nati dance in this procession. In this way, making a procession, circumambulate the city through the main parts of the city and start the celebration of Dussehra in Kullu city with the worship of the deity Raghunathji.

The splendor of this festival is unique on the day of Dashami. Its speciality is that when Dussehra ends in the whole country, then it starts here. Unlike other parts of the country, Dussehra is not celebrated here by burning the effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakarna.

This seven-day-long festival is a symbol of the culture and religious faith of the people of Himachal. Rath Yatra of Lord Raghunath ji is taken out during the festival. People here believe that about 1000 gods and goddesses come to earth on this occasion and attend it.

Lavi Fair Rampur, Himachal Pradesh : –

The formal name of the International Lavi Fair is a trade fair celebrated in Rampur Bushahr town of Shimla district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is celebrated in the month of Kartik (November) and is one of the most famous and important fairs of Himachal. It is celebrated in the memory of a trade treaty between the erstwhile Bushahr princely state of Himachal and Tibet, about 300 years from today (1679-1684). Tourists come here from all over the world.

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