New Delhi: India, one of the first civilizations, preserves and practices centuries old customs and traditions. Indians celebrate all their big festivals by gathering at a place and practice rituals with great zest and zeal. There some mega fairs which are organized in a mammoth-sized and millions of people congregate to celebrate harmoniously. All these fairs have a unique identity and they are celebrated in different ways. As India is a county of many cultures, fairs also manifest the colors of multicultural society. These fairs exhibit the ancient heritage and great religious legacy. India’s Kumbh Mela is the world’s largest fair which witnessed over 130 million footfalls.
Here are top fairs which are celebrated in India:
Kumbh Mela: The mega fair is held in huge numbers to take a holy dip in the river. Traditionally, 4 fairs are organized at 4 different Hindu pilgrimage cities-Prayag Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, and Ujjain Simhastha. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu dropped drops of Amrita (nectar) at 4 places while transporting it in a Kumbha (pot).
Sonepur Mela: Known as Sonepur Cattle Fair, it is held on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak in Bihar on Kartik Poornima (the full moon day) in the month of November- December. The fair has a link with India’s great king Chandragupta Maurya who used to buy elephants and horses from the cattle fair.
Pushkar Fair: One of the biggest livestock fairs, Pushkar fair or Pushkar Camel fair is held in the Pushkar, Rajasthan. Pushkar that receives over 2 lakh visitors starts late October and early November for 5 days. Fair offers a mesmerizing exhibition of art and culture of Rajasthan.
Kullu Dussehra: Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu is known for its awe-inspiring natural beauty and Kullu Dussehra Mela is an extravaganza for tourists. The Internationally recognized fair is organized in the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley in October. As many as 4-5 lakh people visit the fair from all across the Globe. Organizer organizes many art and cultural events that give lifetime memories to tourists.
Ambubachi Fair: One of the oldest fairs in India, the Ambubachi Mela is held at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam. The yearly fair is organized during the monsoon season. According to mythology, the fair is celebrated on yearly menstruation course of goddess Kamakhya. The fair manifests multicolored northeast culture. Art and culture programs are organized to attract tourists during the fair.