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On the one hand the rich culture and custom of Rajasthan attracts a large number of tourists, there are also a lot of other things to watch around in Rajasthan apart from the tourist attractions of Rajasthan. Rajasthan surprises every visitor by featuring, the magnificent forts, peaceful lakes, extensive palaces and terrific wildlife and thus form the main point of this popular tourist destination of Rajasthan. Not only from the domestic level but also from the international level The fairs and. festivals of Rajasthan play a major role in attracting group of tourists.The Baneshwar Fair of Rajasthan in India is one such festival that catches the attention of the tourists.

Baneshwar festival is celebrated among the tribal people and involves a lot of religious events and traditions. The name Baneshwar is derived from the respected Shiva Linga which is set aside in the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur. "Baneshwar" means the 'master of the delta' in the local Vagdi language and this name was given to Shiva Linga at the Mahadev temple of Dungarpur of Rajasthan. The Baneshwar fair is organized at a small delta that was formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Poornima during Shivratri (January - February). This festival holds a lot of significance for the people of the tribes and particularly the Bhils. Baneshwar Fair of Rajasthan, Baneshwar is well liked not only by the people of Rajasthan but also by the people of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh who come down to this place to celebrate this gala event. A lot of tourists both domestic and international assemble into Dungarpur to see this fair and become a part of the event. Baneshwar Fair of Rajasthan, Baneshwar goes on for a period of four days and a number of shops are also set up that display a number of fine handicraft items and lot of tourists purchase these items as a memory.

History and legend of Baneshwar Fair in Rajasthan, India

The Baneshwar fair of Rajasthan, in its present form is actually a combination of two fairs: one which used to be conducted in honour of Baneshwar Mahadev (Lord Shiva) and another fair which started after the construction of the Vishnu temple by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji, a highly admired saint considered to be an living form of Lord Vishnu.

Two followers of Mavji named Aje and Vaje construct the Lakshmi- Narain Temple near the convergence of rivers Som and Mahi. On Magh Shukla Ekadashi the 'pran-pratishtha' ceremony of the idols was performed and since then, the fair is held on this day. The large audience that gathers here at the time of the fair pays respect to all the deities with equal respect.

The Baneshwar fair of Rajasthan is mainly a tribal fair with more than half of the people attending worship consisting of Bhils. They admire Baneshwar Mahadev as well as Mavji. The majority of the assembly is from the Districts of Dungarpur, Udaipur and Banswara of Rajasthan.

Traditions of the Baneshwar Fair in Rajasthan, India

On Magh Shukla Ekadashi, the priest - called the Mathadhish, comes at the fair site from Sabla, in a huge procession. A 16 cm silver image of Mavji on horseback is also brought here. The river water apparently becomes holier when the Mathadhish takes a bath. Hence, people bathe along with him in the river. The Bhils deliver the ashes of their dead at the convergence of the rivers.

The temple of Baneshwar Mahadev remains open from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. during the fair. In the morning, saffron is applied to the Shivlinga after it is bathed and an 'aarti' of burning perfume is moved before it. In the evening, 'bhabhut' (ash) is applied to the Linga and an 'aarti' with a fine-wick lamp is moved Devotees offer wheat flour, pulses, rice, jaggery, ghee, salt, chillies, coconut and cash.

People pray in the temples of Lakshmi -Narayan and Brahma five times a day. Brass signals are struck at the time of 'aarti'., 'Aarti' of Mathadhish is also performed during the fair and Raslila is performed at night in the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Offerings, similar to those at the Baneshwar Temple, are made at these shrines too. This is a religious festival with simple and traditional rituals.

Main Attractions of Baneshwar Fair

Location : Baneshwar -Well-known for Temple of Baneshwar Mahadev.

If referred to Vagdi language, Baneshwar means the master of the delta. Baneshwar fair takes place at a delta shaped by the rivers, Som and Mahj. Baneshwar Fair is mainly a merger of two fairs. One, which is held in due to devotion towards lord Shiva and another fair, which started after the construction of a Vishnu temple after a saint, considered being an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

This fair usually takes place in the period of Shivratri, a festival that is devoted to Baneshwar Mahadev, lord Shiva. Baneshwar Fair is usually a festival of Bhil tribe. Tourists can visit the Baneshwar Mahadev temple to offer prayers.

The folks of the tribe celebrate it in a simple way by singing songs, around a bon fire. You can be the part of impressive folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatics. You can enjoy the rides of swings. At the night, you can watch Raslila in the Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

Activities of the Baneshwar Fair in Rajasthan, India

The Bhils attending Baneshwar Fair of Rajasthan sing traditional folk songs in high pitched voices sitting around a bonfire every night. Cultural shows are arranged by youngsters of the race. To take part in this program a majority of villagers are also invited.

With the cheerfulness of songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic feats the fair sounds high. The joy rides on merry-go-rounds and swings adds more excitement to the fair. The large number of shops in the fair provides an opportunity for buying and selling of necessary goods and fancy articles. A lot of stalls and shops are raised and the fair is marked by a lot of cultural programs, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic feats to fascinate the visitors.

Location and Transport of Baneshwar Fair of Rajasthan in India

The Baneshwar fair site of Rajasthan is at a distance of 6.5 km from Sabla, a village on the Udaipur-Banswara-Dungarpur bus route which is at a distance of 123 km from Udaipur of Rajasthan 53 km from Banswara of Rajasthan and 22 km from Aspur and 45 km from Dungarpur, the Tehsil headquarter. One has to get to Sabla from Baneshwar on foot or on private carts on normal days,. However, buses go right up to the bank of the river Som during the fair.

Udaipur of Rajasthan draws attention of both domestic as well as international tourists owing to a large number of historical and religious land marks within the city as well as in the surrounding area and hence is very well linked to the major cities of India by road, Air and Rail.

Udaipur By Rail: Train connectivity is setup between Delhi, Jaipur of Rajasthan and Ahmedabad through trains run by Indian Railway. Recently Udaipur of Rajasthan got linked with Delhi Kota and Mathura with superfast Mewar express on large measure line. Udaipur of Rajasthan is now also associated with the Kolkatta, by the train "Ananya Express".

Udaipur By Road: Udaipur of Rajasthan falls on the Golden Quadrilateral, lying midway between Delhi and Mumbai on National Highway (NH) 8 and is around 650 km from either metro. The roads in this part of the country are really nice, covered in the middle, and fit for self-driving. One can either drive from Jaipur of Rajasthan (around 7 hours) or Ahmedabad (4-5 hours), or take a Rajasthan Tourism bus from India Gate in Delhi.

Udaipur By Air: Dabok airport of Rajasthan is 24 km from the city centre. Daily flights link Udaipur of Rajasthan with Jodhpur of Rajasthan, Jaipur of Rajasthan, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Delhi. The Airport is going through reconstruction project and soon going to have a new terminal building with additional 4 stands.

Local Transport Udaipur: Auto rickshaws, Unmetered taxis, tongas, city bus, regular city bus service is available for Udaipur City Main roads to dabok airport, badi Lake, Bedala.

Distances of important cities from Udaipur: New Delhi (670 km), Jaipur of Rajasthan (406 km), Mumbai (739 km), Ahmedabad (262 km), Jodhpur of Rajasthan (275 km), Mount Abu of Rajasthan (185 km), Agra (630 km), Chittorgarh of Rajasthan (115 km).

Distances of important places around Udaipur: Jaisamand Lake of Rajasthan (50 km),Ekling Ji of Rajasthan (21 km), Haldigati of Rajasthan (42 km),  Nathdwara of Rajasthan (42 km), Ranakpur of Rajasthan (90 km), Rishabdeo of Rajasthan (65 km), Badgaon of Rajasthan (5 km), Bhinder of Rajasthan (58 km), Dhariyawad of Rajasthan (120 km), Gogunda of Rajasthan (35 km), Jhadol of Rajasthan (48 km), Kotda of Rajasthan (128 km), Malvi of Rajasthan (42), Salumber of Rajasthan (70 km), Sarada of Rajasthan (62 km), Kherwada of Rajasthan (82 km), Vallabhnagar of Rajasthan (42 km), Fatehnagar of Rajasthan (52 km), Debari of Rajasthan (13 km), Jawar Mines of Rajasthan (48 km), Dariba of Rajasthan (73 km), Jamar Kotda of Rajasthan (16 km), Kankroli of Rajasthan (64 km).

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