Fair and Festivals of
The Camel Festival is organized by the Department of Tourism of
the Rajasthan Government in January every year in Bikaner. The
festival begins with a colorful procession of bedecked camels
against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort. Held is a
tug-of-war contest, best breed competition, camel dance and
acrobatics among other things. The camels display amazing footwork,
dancing gracefully to the directions of their trainers. Bridal
bridles, be jeweled necks, jingling anklets and camel shadows, cast
a spell on the audience.
Dungarpur is the spot for this fair held at the time of
Shivratri in January - February. It is a tribal fair held on the
banks of the Mahi and Som rivers in the forested area around the
border of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Bhil tribals come
to the place to worship Lord Shiva. The fair resounds to the gaiety
of songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic
This festival is also held in January- February in Jaisalmer.
For three days, the otherwise barren land of Jaisalmer comes to life
and is clustered with hordes of colorfully dressed people. Some
chosen moments of the past and affluent culture are on display
backed by high pitched music and folk dances. The turban tying
competition and Mr. Desert contest as also the camel races, add to
the excitement of the celebrations.
The fair is held at Gogamedi in Ganganagar district in August in
memory of a popular hero of the area known as Goga Veer among the
Hindus and Jahar Peer among the Muslums. The Kayam Khani Muslums
claim to be descendants of his. Gogaji is popular as a snake god and
almost every village in Rajasthan has a sacred place dedicated to
him. Staunch followers of Gogaji believe that by invoking his name,
a snake bite and other diseases can be cured. It is said that Gogaji
went into samadhi at Goga Medi and thousands of devotees garther
there to pay homage at his memorial every day during the Fair which
lasts three days.
Dusshera is celebrated all over the country in different ways as
also in Rajasthan. it celebrates the triumph of good over evil the
victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. The tale of Rama and Sita and the
battle fought between Lord Rama and Ravana are enacted on stae and
it is called Ramlila. On the tenth day of the festival, huge
effigies of the tenheaded Ravana and his brother Kumbakaran, stuffed
with thousands of fire crackers, are set afire and the people then
begin to rejoice.
The fair is held in March or April in Kaila village in Karauli
district and it holds an important place among the celebrated fairs
of the state. Thefortnight long fair is held on the banks of the
river Kalisil in the hills of Trikut about 2 kilometres from Kaila
village. It houses the images of Mahalakshmi and Chamunda. Kaila
Devi has been regarded as the guardian deity throughout the ages by
the Khinchis, the Yadavas and the princes of Karauli. A small temple
dedicated to Bhairon is situated in the courtyard and facing the
shrine of the devi is the temple of Hanuman.
Mahavir Ji Fair
This fair is held at Mahavir Ji between March and April to
commemorate Shri Mahavir Swami, the 24th tirthankara of the Jain.
The temple is located in an enclosure known as Katala" where
devotees come to pay homage.
Kite Festival (held on 14th Jan of every year)
A festival with a difference - as kites take to the sky all over
Rajasthan. In the evening, kites with lights in them and fireworks
brighten the skies above. The main celebrations are in Jaipur and
Jodhpur. If you like kite flying, you should be here.
Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar)
Held in the memory of the revered Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin
Chisti, it is an occasion for thousands of believers to congregate
at the shrine and offer their prayers. All of Ajmer seems to take on
a festive air and several programmes are organized to mark the