Festivals

FAIR AND FESTIVALS


Pali District is known for its colorful fairs & festivals, Dussehra, Diwali, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Mahavir Jayanti & Mahashivratri etc. are celebrated with sanctity.

With the changing pattern of social life, the significance of fairs and festivals too has been changing fast with more and more emphasis on their commercial utility and important source of enjoyment and entertainment to the persons in general and a source of income to the local bodies in particular. Most of the fairs held at various places in the district are seasonal and religious. The important fairs organized in the district are described below.

 

Sheetla Saptmi Fair


It is the main fair of the district which is held at Sojat on Chaitra Badi 7 (March-April) Every year. About 20, 00 people assemble in this fair to worship 'Sheetla Mata'. The people put 'Pujapa' and other offerings in the temple in honor of the 'Mata'. The common belief among the people is that by doing so their children are safeguarded by 'Mata' against smallpox. The fairs of 'Sheetla Mata' are also held by Bayad in Pali tehsil, Isali in Marwar Jn. tehsil and at Chanod in Bali tehsil.

 

Barkana Parasnath Fair

The fair is held in Village Barkana of Desuri tehsil on Posh Badi 10 (Dec-Jan) every year. There is a temple dedicated to deity Parasnath. About 10,000 people assemble in the fair to pay their homage to the deity.

 

Ramdeoji Fair


The fair is held at Biratiya in Raipur tehsil on Bhadrapada Sudi 21 (Aug.-Sept.) every year. There is an old temple of Ramdeoji where over one lakh people assemble for performing 'Mundan ceremony' of their children and to worship Ramdeoji. The nearest railway station for this fair is Sendra. The fair of Ramdeoji is also held at Sawrad in Marwar Jn. tehsil in which devotees congregate to pay their homage.

 

Sewari Cattle Fair

 

This fair is held near village Sewari of Bali tehsil. The duration of the fair is 5 days from posh Badi 2 to 6 (Dec.-Jan.) every year. About 15,000 people assemble in this fair for the purchase and sale of animals Phalna is the nearest railway station for the fair.

 

Parshuram Mahadev Fair

 

On the Shravan Shukla Shasti & Saptami (6th and 7th) a large fair is organized at Parshuram Mahadev temple which is situated in Sadri area on the top of the Aravali Hill. More than two lacs devotees participate in this fair.

 

Peer Dulheshah Fair

 

This Fair is organized in Chotila near Kerla railway station on Jodhpur- Pali rail route. This is organized on the next day of Deepawali, On the Mazar of Hajrat Peer Dulheshah.

Badshah ki sawari

 

On the next day of Holi, people from different regions come to Pali city to participate in the Procession of Badshah Ki Savari which attracts people irrespective of their religious beliefs.

 

Shivratri Fair

 

On the evening of Shivratri and Baisakhi Purnima fair is organized at Nimbo Ka Nath temple situated between Falna and Sanderao.

 

Lakkhi Mela- Sonana khetlaji

 

In the beginning of full moon of Chetra month a fair is organized in the basin of local river Sarangawas of Sonana khetlaji temple at Desuri tehsil. This fair represents the folk culture of not only Pali district but also of other districts of western Rajasthan. Since this is organized after Holi festival, large number of Gair dancers participates in this fair in their conventional and fancy dresses. To attract tourists Department of Tourism organize, Godwar Festival.

 

Gangaur Fair

 

Gangaur fair is organized and celebrated throughout Pali district with full enthusiasm on Chaitra Shukla Teej. Other than this fair Mavi Mahadev Mela, Bhakri Mela Pali, Bajrang Bag, Phulmandi Mela, Hanuman Mela, bali Pashu Mela, Manpura Bhakri Mela, Mahalaxmi Mela, Khiwada & Chandawal Pashu Mela are also celebrated every year.

The principal Hindu festivals observed in the district are Sheetla Ashtami, Sawan Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Navratri & Dussehra, Deepawali, Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchmi, Holi, Gangaur, and Teej. The birth anniversaries of Gura Nanak, Guru Govind Singh and Lohri are days of rejoicing and worship for the Sikhs. Mahavir Jayanti is the main celebrated festival of Jains. They also observe his Nirwan-Diwas. Christians observe Christmas Day with great festivity which falls on the 25th December every year while Muslims observe Muharram, Id-ul-Zuha, Id-ul-fitar and Barawafat.