Chandrabhaga Fair in Jhalawar
The land of golden sand, Rajasthan has earned international repute for being a major hub of fairs and festival in India. Every celebration here reflects the vibrant and jovial lives of the people living here. One such prominent Fair is the Chandrabhaga Cattle Fair in Jhalawar. Held in the month of Kartik (October-November), the Chandrabhaga Fair showcases the living tradition of Rajasthan.
About Chandrabhaga Fair
The fair is held in Jhalrapatan, which is 6 Km away from Jhalwar. This colourful fair is held on the auspicious day of ?Kartik Purnima?. During this time, thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip in the river Chandrabhaga, flowing beside the venue of the fair. The holy dip in the water is generally taken in the last day of the kartik. It is known as ?Chandravati? by the common people.
Chandrabhaga Fair is a rare mix of trade and festivity. On one hand, you can find the rituals being performed, while on the other hand you will find a cattle fair is being organized.
Attractions of the Fair
The Chandrabhaga Fair offers a chance to experience the folk music of Rajasthan. One can also shop for colourful art and crafts at the fair.
A large cattle fair is also held on the last day of Kartik. It also attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India. Similar to the internationally acclaimed Pushkar Mela, livestock like buffaloes, cows, camels, horses and bullock are brought in this place from various parts for sale.
The Fair is also an opportunity for the tourists to interact with the locals and familiarize themselves with their rituals and customs.
Various competitions are also organized during the fair. Competitions like Matka race, Tug of War, Turban Tying, Rangoli Making, Cattle competitions, Moustache Competition are best for fun.
About Jhalrapatan City
The ancient city of Jhalrapatan has large number of temples, and is referred to as the ?City of Bells?. Pilgrims assemble in Jhalawar on the banks of River Chandrabhaga during the Fair in Rajasthan, and participate in the gala event. The festival is named after the river Chandrabhaga itself and is considered very sacred by the people of Rajasthan.
Major Attractions near Chandrabhaga Fair
How to Reach
Chandrabhaga fair takes place in Jhalrapatan, just about 6 kms from Jhalawar. It can be easily reached from Kota, Bundi and Jaipur. Nearest Railway Station is Ramganj Mandi which is at 25 kms. From Jhalawar, all buses pass through NH-12 that connects the place with all major cities.
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