(Last Updated on : 30/06/2011)
Vautha Mela is celebrated every year at Vautha in Gujarat
at the confluence of two rivers, the Sabarmati and the Vatrak. Vautha Mela is one of the largest rural fairs organized in Gujarat that holds both mythological and economical importance.
The Vautha Mela site is 3 square miles in area. According to a legend Kartik Swami or Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva
, visited the site. It is for this reason that the fair is held during Kartika Purnima
, the full moon night of the month of Kartik, corresponding to November. The site where the fair is held is also known as Saptasangam as it is also the confluence of seven rivers. The most important Shiva temple here is the temple of Siddhanath.
The Vautha village is small and consists a population of about 2000 people but during the Vautha Mela, the population of Vautha rises to around 2, 00,000. The most important fact about this fair is that it is the only major animal trade fair in Gujarat. The fair resembles the famous camel fair at Pushkar
. However the only animals traded here are donkeys. About 4,000 donkeys are brought every year for sale, usually by Banjara Tribe
or gypsy traders. The donkeys are painted in an array of colours, and decorated to suit the occasion. Camels are also well decked up and sold on the sand dunes by the river shores.
Pilgrims including farmers, labourers and others belonging to several castes and communities visit the Vautha during the fair. On the day of the full moon night, pilgrims take dips in the holy river confluence and offer their prayers. Handicraft and food stalls with tented pastoral settlements setup during the fair. Kartika Poornima is also celebrated with a camel fair at Sidhpur, a religious fair at Somnath and a tribal fair at the historic temple of Shamlaji.
This article is a stub. You can enrich by adding more information to it. Send your Write Up to email@example.com