Chaksu Fair

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             Chaksu Fair - Jaipur


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                                                                              Chaksu Fair,Jaipur
Introduction of Chaksu Fair

The Chaksu Fair, also called as the Sheetla Mata Fair, is held once a year to mark the occasion of Shitla Ashtami. Sheetla Mata is supposed to be the goddess of small pox. Offerings and prayers are offered by devotees to quiet down the goddess in order to prevent the epidemic of small pox. The fair is a brilliant display of color, with a variety of stalls selling items like utensils, edible products, clothing, agricultural tools etc. In addition to all this a cattle fair is also organized simultaneously at the festival.

Jaipur, the Pink City consists of so many colors, and various attractive fairs and festivals that are celebrated in the city. Along with the festivals, numerous fairs are celebrated every year traditionally.

One of the biggest fairs held every year, during March-April, is named as Sheetla Mata Fair. The fair is held in the honor of deity Shitla Mata, the Goddess of epidemic diseases. She is worshipped to receive her blessings to prevent seasonal illness. The fair is a great center for trading of cattle. The fair also includes numerous activities such as rewarding the best breed. The duration of the fair is one day only.

Major Attractions of the Fair

The fair attracts many people as they get an opportunity to see the magnificence. several energetic villagers flamboyantly dressed celebrate along with their friends and family. The fairs held are so full of color and liveliness that the colorful celebration of this festival and fair holds a special charm.

The Shitla Mata Fair not only embraces trade of cattle, but a huge temporary market emerges with various items on sale. The other charm that captivates is the dance performance. Traditional Rajasthani dancers enjoying, are performing stunning dances with a variety of tricks, such as acrobats. The fair is worth a visit, and astonishes many visitors.

The cattle fair also take place at the same time in this fair. The atmosphere becomes truly enjoyable due to surplus of colorful activities happening in the fair,.Cattle breeders decorate their animals wonderfully and take them to the fair. Finally prize is awarded to the best breeder.

When Chaksu Fair is Held

The Sheetla Mata Fair is held in the month of March-April (Chaitra on Krishna Paksh) in village Seel-Ki-Doongri (Jaipur).. The word 'Sheetla' is derived from sheetal.Sheetal means calm and composed. The fair takes place in Seel-Ki-Doongri village in Jaipur. This Fair lasts for only 24 hours in which pilgrims visit to give respect to Sheetla Mata. The fair is celebrated in her honour every year. The fair attracts hordes of visitors from far and wide.It is a absolute picnic for the pilgrims who comes to visit the fair. It is usual to cook one's own food at the site, and eat it only after it has been offered at the shrine.

This is the biggest fair, as almost one lakh people get together from the neighboring areas of Jaipur every year to celebrate. The fair is celebrated at Shitla Mata Shrine, positioned on the hill top of Doongri, in the village of Seel-ki-Doongri. It is at a distance of about 5 km from Chaksu, the district headquarters and 35 km from Jaipur. The statue of the goddess is made of attractive red sandstone.

Why Chaksu Fair is Conducted

It is thought that if due to any reason, Sheetla Mata, the goddess of epidemics loses her temper then the area is expected to be affected by harmful epidemics. Thatís the main reason why, this fair is conducted to keep her mood happy and contributions of various kinds of fruits, sweets and cash is placed at the feet of Sheetla Mata. A good-looking red stone placed inside the temple is an structure of the deity. People who come to attend the fair are supposed to take food only after visiting the holy temple of Sheetla Mata.

The temple of Sheetla Mata houses a red stone showing the deity. Story of past behind it is that it is the anger of Sheetla Mata that leads to epidemics. So, in order to quiet and calm the Mata, devotees pray to her and make offerings. Devotees from across the miles come to visit this fair and pray to Sheetla Mata. A temporary market takes place at the time of the fair,. The villagers are seen doing business for various items like shoes, clothes, foodstuff, utensils, agricultural implements, etc. Cattle fair is also organized which is another attraction during the fair.

How to get there

The village Seel-Ki-Doongri is situated nearby a tank known as Band Sheodungri. It lies on the (NH-8) Jaipur-Kota road 35 kms south-east of Jaipur and 5 kms. from the tehsil headquarter, Chaksu.

The nearby rail head is Chaksu on the Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur section of Western Railway. Regular buses are available on the Jaipur-Kota, Jaipur-Tonk, Jaipur-Deoli routes which pass by this village.


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