Rajasthan is an attractive goal for foreign tourists. Trade fairs, carnivals, and artistic events make it an even more interesting place. The Baneshwar Fair in Rajasthan’s Dungarpur district is one such event that draws both locals and tourists.
About Baneshwar Fair
Baneshwar Fair is a five days holiday starting from Shukla Ekadashi of Magh month, as by the Hindu agenda. This is the novel and greatest tribular fair of the country that draws lakhs of devotees. This festival is periodically held in Dungarpur, Rajasthan. The title Baneshwar is acquired from the holy Shiva Linga established in the Shiv temple in Dungarpur. ‘Baneshwar’ in the local lingo means ‘master of delta’.
Hundreds visit the Baneshwar Fair, an influential festival in India, taking place in Dungarpur, Rajasthan. This celebration is a combined experience of the place. This exhibition is coordinated somewhat by the tribal association in the state. It reveals their methods and beliefs. The fair rotates around many ceremonies and bears a divine importance. The tribes called “Bhils” observe the holiday with pomp and presentation.
The prevalence of this fair is not limited alone to the state of Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat show similar interest during this fair. There is an abundance of stalls and shops that concentrate in marketing embroidery items made by the tribal group. The items that are prepared in this exhibition indicates the diverse artistic attributions of the place. Performances of Baneshwar Fair involve presentations with animals, magic, puppet dance, and folk songs.
Bhils or tribal people of Dungarpur, Udaipur, and Banswara compose the major part of the gathering. The fair is very prominent and is organized at a very large level. The pran-pratishtha tradition of the gods to the pagoda was performed on Magh Shukla Ekadashi. For then a fair is designed every year to mark this auspicious event.
Worship and Offering
Saffron is affixed on the Shivalinga in the early dawn then Linga is washed and by signaling with burning incense sticks, an ‘Aarti’ is given. An ash (bhabhut) is affixed on the Shivalinga in the twilight and an Aarati is done by waving the lamp of fine-wick. Followers and worshippers present rice, ghee, jaggery, wheat flour, salt, pulses, coconut, chilies, and cash.
Brahma and Laxmi-Narayan gods of other temple are presented with five times prayers in a day. Brass metal discs are performed at Aarti time. Mathadhish is also welcomed by Aarti performance during fair time and Raslilas are staged in the temple of Laxmi-Narayan at evening alike to that of Baneshwar temple’s Raslilas.
The fair bustles with the merry making poems, magic shows, acrobatics actions, folk dances and animal shows. Swings, ridings on merry-go-rounds etc. are other added activities. The fair and its massive amount of shops give purchasing possibilities of fancy features and fundamental goods to the guests.
How to Reach
Udaipur is the nearest airport.
Bus services from Dungarpur, Udaipur, and Banswara are provided by the Rajasthan Roadways frequently. Taxi /Private cars are also available for Baneshwar fair.
Banswara is the nearest railway head.