(Last Updated on : 14-11-2014)
Chandrabhaga fair is held at Jhalrapatan in Jhalawar district
in the Rajasthan state of India
. The fair is named after the sacred river Chandrabhaga
and is considered sacred by locals. Exhibition of cattle in the fair is an important part which attracts thousands of traders even from neighbouring states, such as, Madhya Pradesh
. The fair takes place annually in the month of Karthik (Hindu calendar). According to the Gregorian calendar, the fair is organized in the month of either October or November. Chandrabhaga fair in Rajasthan allows the travellers to acquaint themselves with the people of the Hadoti region
, their cultural ceremonies and traditions.
Religious Significance of Chandrabhaga Fair
During this fair, swarm of devotees take part in the fair. Prayers are offered in the holy shrines of the region. A lot of pilgrims flock on the banks of river
Chandrabhaga on the holy occasion of the full moon night. Taking a dip in the water
of the Chandrabhaga River is considered sacred on the night of the full moon during the fair. The local people call this holy dip as "Chandravati" and they believe that the dip purifies their soul.
Attractions of Chandrabhaga Fair
Display of animals
is also an integral part of the fair. Numerous cattle are brought to the fairground for trading. The livestock comprise of camels
, bullocks, cows, buffaloes and horses. These animals are dressed in multicoloured attires and accessories so that they can catch the attention of the buyers. The health of the cattle is also instrumental in deciding the exact price of the animals. While some of the animals bought here is used in the agricultural fields the others are used as beast of burdens, sports and in the households. The visitors can also lay their hands on the colourful art and crafts that are exhibited and sold in the fair.
Fairs like Chandrabhaga fair in Rajasthan display the lifestyle of the local people as well. It is an ideal opportunity to know more about the rituals and traditions of this region.
Mythology of Chandrabhaga Fair
Legend has it that Lord Sri Krishna
's son Shambhu suffered from Leprosy
. He was cured by the Sun god
and from that time onwards this fair is celebrated in honour of the God sun.
Connectivity of Chandrabhaga Fair
The nearest railway
station is in the Ramganj Mandi. Jhalawar is well connected via road to Kota
. Buses can be availed from all the major cities.