Sunday, 7 April 2013

Festivals of India in the month of April

 The month of April is all about fun and celebrations. It starts off with the April Fool’s Day and continues to celebrate the harvest festivals of India like Baisakhi , Gudi Padwa and Bihu . April marks the bloom of spring. It is that time of year, when the entire nation celebrates the harvesting of the crops.

The month also consists of some important days like the Jallianwala Bagh Day, Earth Day and the Tulip Day. Along with the spring comes the month of fun and fair. There are also a few cultural fairs and shows coming up this April, like the Kaila Devi fair and the Mewar Fair. Those who want to have a glimpse of rural India and its culture should attend these fairs. They are very colourful and display the fireworks, folk dance, traditional cuisines, etc.

Another important festival falling in this month is Ram Navmi, which is celebrated on a wide scale in the country. This festival is rejoiced every year as the birthday of lord Ram. A lot rituals and celebrations are followed on this day. Then falls the birthday of the founder of Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti It is marked as a very important day in the calendar and is celebrated on a mass level.

Kaila Devi Fair


Kaila Devi Temple


The shrine of Kaila Devi is famous for the fair held here every year. The temple is situated on the banks of the Kalisil River in Karauli district of Rajasthan on the Trikut hills, 2 km from Kaila village. The official name for Kaila Devi is Lahura. The erstwhile princely rulers of Karauli state used to believe that Kaila Devi protects their state from any kind of invasion.
The famous Kaila Devi fair is held during the Krishna Paksh of 'chaitra' and runs throughout the fortnight starting from 12th day of Chaitra Badi. According to Gregorian calendar the fair happens to be in March or April. This fair is held in honor of the deity Kaila Devi who is believed to be a form of Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Chamunda, the goddess of death. Animals are sacrificed outside the temple to propitiate the goddess.

It is one of the most acclaimed fairs of Rajasthan. Kaila goddess is worshiped as the guardian deity by the Yadavas, the Khinchis, and the princess of Karauli. There is a small temple of Bhairon and that of Lord ‘Hanuman’ called 'Languriya' facing the Kaila Devi's shrine in the courtyard of Kaila Devi temple. Thousands of devotees from all the communities visit the place throughout the year. The fair attracts a lot of pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi and Haryana too.

Kaila Devi fair

Approximately 2 lakh devotees gather during the fair. The ritual of Kanak-Dandotis is observed by staunch devotees. They cover a distance of 15 to 20 Kms to reach the temple, not on foot but by lying prostrate, making lines with their hands in that position, advancing up to the line drawn and repeating this procedure till they reach the temple.Some of the devotees take this harsh journey without eating food and taking rest. The dances and singing tribal men of Mina community makes the atmosphere lively.

This year Kaila Devi fair has celebrated on 7th April.

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