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Date of the festival:
Hindu month of
Chaitra (March- April)
Seel ki Doongri village (Chaksu), near Jaipur.
The local products from the markets that are located around
Highlights/ Special Attractions:
The major highlights of the fair is the cattle fair and the local markets
that are located around the temple.
Do you know the fairs and festivals of Rajasthan
are the whole sole engaging panorama for the Rajasthan folklore. Fairs and
Festivals afford an integral social function, enabling villagers from remote
regions to meet and mingle, marriage alliances to be contracted, livestock
deals to be struck and rural issues like- market prices, draught control
measures to be discussed.
The Sheetla Mata Fair
organized in the Chaksu village of Rajasthan, and is dedicated to the
Sheetla Mata Fair who is the goddess of the epidemic diseases like measles,
chicken pox etc. the fair is organized annually in the Hindu month of
Chaitra (March- April), on the Krishna Paksh. The venue for the fair is the
Chaksu village in Rajasthan and is located at the distance of 35 kilometers
from Jaipur. The temple is situated on the top of the hillock of the village
known as Doongri.
The shrine of Sheetla Mata is made up of the red stone which is the
representation of the goddess. The devotees comes from long distances to pay
the offerings and pray to her. The devotees comes from long distances to
visit this fair to pray to the Sheetla Mata. During the fair the local
temporary market is also set up which is counted in the highlights of the
fair. The devotees who comes to visit the fair gets the various items like
shoes, clothes, foodstuff, utensils and agricultural implements etc. Another
special highlight is the cattle fair that is organized in the fair.
The tourists can always go for the shopping in the local markets of Sheetla
Mata fair, where one can get the products like the jewelery of precious and
the semi precious stones, antiques, marble carvings, brass works, copper
works and the Jaipur textiles. The tourists can also opt for excursion to
Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur or Bikaner which are having numerous
places to see.
Reaching to Chaksu is not difficult, it is located at the distance of the 35
kilometers from Jaipur. The nearest airport from the village is Jaipur from
where a traveler can get buses and taxis that runs directly to Chaksu. The
village is having the railhead which is quite convenient for the travelers.
Regular buses are also run and is available on the Jaipur- Kota, Jaipur-
Tonk, and Jaipur- Deoli which pases through the village.
Fairs That Dominate the Land of Rajas
Festive Merriment Rajasthan, the land bestowed with natural and man made
wonders have been also famous for the overwhelming enjoyment of fairs and
festivals throughout the year.
The artistic nature of the Rajasthani people have come out in various forms
of culture. The most important and probably the most famous of all is the
folk music and dance performance that have been fascinating the people of
the entire world for quite long time.
The charm of the rustic Rajasthan comes alive with the excellent
performance of mesmerizing folk songs along with a balmy tune of Sarangi. An
accompaniment of enthralling folk dance performance adds some more hues to
the cultural even under the clear sky and on the ripples of golden sands.
Puppet show is another jewel of Rajasthan culture, that have been surprising
the visitors and localities equally with its excellence and unique form of
story telling. But no festival in Rajasthan is complete without Mawa, Ghevar
and Malpaus, the mouth watering sweet delicacies, that have been alluring
the people of Rajasthan since time immortal.
Pushkar Camel Fair
Pushkar Camel Fair, held in the month of November every year, also known as
Pushkar Fair. It is one of the largest camel fair across the world. Various
competitions are organised as soon as the arrival of fair heard in the town.
Contest like camel races, matka phod, moustache and bridal are some of the
brilliant attractions for travelers across the world. One can also take the
charm of unique auctions, live music, exhibitions, clothes, textiles, stalls
and fabrics, which are the main highlights of this event. The Pushkar fair
is much renowned as the global livestock market, where you can buy and sell
animals like camels, horses, sheep and goats.
Ajmer Annual Urs Fair
Ajmer Annual Urs Fair, held in the month of July August in the memory of
the great Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, it is an occasion for
millions of believers to assembled at the shrine and offer special prayers.
At the time of festival complete Ajmer town seems to be an abode of Allah
with countless pilgrims, Kazi's and Maulana's, who especially converge at
the times of final Urs. A tourist can also take the charm of several
programmes, which are organised to mark the festivals with immense
Jaisalmer Desert Fair
Jaisalmer Desert Fair, held in the month of January February, It is one of
the most popular of all festivals in Rajasthan, as it allows a journey into
the heart of the desert, which hold its beauty for three days, hordes of
travellers specially converge on Jaisalmer at the time of festival to get
the glimpse of events, which are very much earsplitting and is celebrated
with completions like the famous Gair dance, camel ride, traditional fire
dance, turban tying, Mr desert contest, Here one can also see tall
Rajasthani mens and beautiful women dressed in their brightly costumes to
dance and sing lingering ballads of valor, romance and tragedy.
Baneshwar Fair (Jan- Feb) is religious fair celebrated with simple and
traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number
of tribal folk from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who
visit this small town of Baneshwar and offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.
Nagaur Cattle Fair, Nagaur
The sleepy town of Nagaur stirs to life at its annual cattle fair (
One of the largest in the country. Thousands of camels, bullocks and horses
are offered for sale and purchase.
Camel Fair Bikaner
Camel Fair Baking comes in the month of January, this is the time when this
beautiful desert city comes alive with the echoes of music and rhythms of
traditional dances performed by the rural folks. The fair is fast coming
into limelight and gaining huge popularity among the western world as the
tourist across the sub-continent gets an opportunity to experience some of
the unusual folk performances, camel races, camel dance and ethnic shopping
Fervours of Rajasthan Festivals
Jaipur Gangaur Festival
Jaipur Gangaur Festival, held in the month of March-April. This much
awaited festival is purely devoted to Goddess Parvati,the consort of Lord
At the time of festival, young girls pray to Goddess Parvati for the grooms
of their choice and married women's pray for the well being of their
husbands. On the day of festivals, one can see beautiful womens in their
best clothing. Gangaur festival is believed to be a sanctified festivals for
every women, that last for nearly 18 days and on the last day, a colourful
procession takes place in Jaipur and at other places in Rajasthan.
Jaipur Teej Festival
Jaipur Teej Festival, held in the month of July-August. Its a fasting
festival for many Indian women. This It is celebrated for marital bliss,
well being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul. The
festival is a three-day long celebration, during which number of sweets are
made to break the fasts. On the eve of festival, tourists can feast their
eyes with the beautiful womens, dressed in a bright colours, it is
interesting to watch them enjoying in groups. After offering prayers and
seeking the blessings, the decorated idol of goddess Parvati is taken into
procession on the streets followed by singing, music, and dancing.
Udaipur Mewar Festival
Udaipur Mewar Festival, held in the month of March April every year. Its a
colourful festival to welcome the spring season that falls after the end of
chilly winters. At the time of festivals, the localities of Rajasthan,
mainly the Udaipur people and the Marwar region, celebrate it with a huge
procession, followed by devotional songs, live dances, hazardous firework,
where almost everybody participate. This is a festival that allows the
visitor to understand and enjoy the folk traditions of Marwari people.
Jaipur Elephant Festival
Jaipur Elephant Festival, held in the month of March April to celebrate
Holi, its a grand occasion for the tourists to watch scores of elephant at
one place. One can please his eyes with the bright play of colours, elephant
races and several other sports.
Summer Festival, Mt.Abu
Organized in the only hill station of Rajasthan, Summer Festival, Mt.Abu
arrives in the month of June. Folk dances and an atmosphere of merriment
prevail in this tiny hill resort, where tourist have enough time to relax
and enjoy the festival.
The chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the
deepest and noblest of human emotions. 'Raksha Bandhan' or 'Rakhi' is a
special occasion to celebrate this emotional bonding by tying a holy thread
around the wrist. This thread, which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime
sentiments, is rightly called the Rakhi. It means 'a bond of protection',
and Raksha Bandhan signifies that the strong must protect the weak from all
thats evil. The ritual is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month
of Shravan, on which sisters tie the sacred Rakhi string on their brothers'
right wrists, and pray for their long life. Rakhis are ideally made of silk
with gold and silver threads, beautifully crafted embroidered sequins, and
studded with semi precious stones.
The Social Binding this ritual not only strengthens the bond of love
between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the confines of the
family. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of close friends and neighbors,
it underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual
co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters.