Fairs and Festivals in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand also known as "Devbhoomi".The religious, social and cultural urges of the people of Uttaranchal find an expression in various fairs, which are in turn closely linked to the economic activities of the region. Various folk songs and dances have been kept alive because of these fairs. In older times, when means of transport were not so good these fairs were an opportunity for friends and relatives to meet regularly.The fairs and folk festivals of Uttaranchal are very colourful and distinctive, and are the blend of various natural, social and cultural factors.

Some of the major festivals of uttarakhand are:

The Devidhura Fair Bagwal
This fair is held in the compound of the Varahi Devi temple at Devidhura on the day of Raksha Bandhan. Devidhura is situated at a trijunction of Almora, Pithoragarh and Nainital districts and the fair is well known for its enchanting folk songs and dances as also for its Bagwal. During the Bagwal the two groups (khams) of people throw stones at each other while they try to protect themselves by using big roof like shields. Read More

Vaikunth chaturdashi Mela
On the auspicious date of 'Shukla Chaturdashi' of Kartik month, a Mela is organized at the Kamleswar Mahadev Temple of Srinagar named-"Vaikunth Chaturdashi Mela" . On the night of Vaikunth chaturdashi the Kamleshwar Mahadev temple and the sacred river Alaknanda witnesses thousands of devotees praying with lighted 'Diya'. Read More

Nandadevi Rajjaat Yatra
The three week long Nandadevi Rajjaat is one of the world famous festival of Uttaranchal. People from entire Garhwal-Kumaon as well as other parts of India and the world participate in Nandadevi Raj Jat Yatra. The Goddess Nanda Devi is worshipped at dozens of places in Kumaon and Garhwal , but the region around Mt. Nanda Devi and its sanctuary, which falls in the districts of Pithoragarh, Almora and Chamoli, is the prime area related to Nanda Devi. Read More

Kumbh Mela Haridwar
Kumbh Mela in Haridwar represents the passion and belief associated with the Indian religious diaspora.It is held in a cycle of 12 years, which is known as Purna Kumbh Mela. People believe that bathing during Kumbh cures of all sins and evils and grants salvation. Read More

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