Venue Banganga, Bairath near Jaipur
How to Reach Easily accessible by road from Jaipur
Significance Marks the creation of a lake by Arjuna to fetch water for Bhishma Pitamaha
Highlights Holy bath in the lake
The Banganga Fair of Jaipur, Rajasthan takes place near a stream, approximately 11 km from the town Bairath in Jaipur district. Bairath is situated almost 85 km from the city of Jaipur. The legend has it that Arjun, one of the Pandavas, created the rivulet. He shot an arrow to satiate the thirst of dying Bhishma Pitamah, a soldier hurt in the battle of Mahabharata, and created the lake.
The people visiting Rajasthan Banganga Fair take a bath in the stream and worship at the holy place. Conducting this particular ritual is considered very auspicious. The fair is important not only from pilgrimage point of view but also sets stage for traders who come to the fair to conduct business and sell their goods. Ranging from simple rural ornaments to toys to household items, almost every thing is available in this fair. There are even rides for kids like Giant wheels and Merry-go-rounds.
First thing in the morning, the devotees congregate at the temple of Shri Radha Krishnaji. Thereafter, they take a bath at Banganga river ghats. It is believed that bathing at the ghats relieves one of the bad doings and purifies the soul. Later, they advance towards the nearby shrines of Hanuman and Ganga Bihari and also pay a visit to the Shiva temple and the Math of Goswamiji.
Sheetla Mata Fair
Time Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April)
Venue Seel-ki-Doongri village (Chaksu), near Jaipur
How to Reach The nearest railhead is Chaksu. Regular buses are available on the Jaipur-Kota, Jaipur-Tonk, Jaipur-Deoli routes that pass by this village.
Significance The fair is held as a mark of respect to Sheetla Mata, local goddess of epidemic diseases such as measles, chicken pox, etc.
Highlights A cattle fair and a temporary market around the temple.
Sheetla Mata Fair in RajasthanThe Sheetla Mata Fair of Chaksu, Rajasthan is dedicated to Sheetla Mata, goddess of epidemic diseases such as measles, chicken pox, etc. The fair is organized on an annual basis in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April), on Krishna Paksh. The venue of the Rajasthan Sheetla Mata Fair is village Seel-ki-Doongri, 5 km from Chaksu and 35 km from Jaipur. The temple of Sheetla Mata is located on top of hillock in this village, known as Doongri. The duration of the fair is one day only.
The shrine of Sheetla Mata houses a red stone representing the deity. Legend has it that it is the rage of Sheetla Mata that leads to epidemics. So, in order to calm and placate the Mata, devotees pray to her and make offerings. Devotees from across the miles come to visit this fair and pray to Sheetla Mata. At the time of the fair, a temporary market comes up. The villagers are seen doing business for various items like shoes, clothes, foodstuff, utensils, agricultural implements, etc. Another attraction is a cattle fair organized during the fair.
Time Hindu Month of Shravan (July-August)
Significance Commemorates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Highlights A huge procession carrying the idols of Teej and Gangaur.
Teej Festival in RajasthanTeej festival signifies the beginning of the Sawan (the months of monsoon). The festival takes place for two days in the Hindu month of Shravan (July-August). The Teej Festival of Jaipur is celebrated to honor the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In this festival, devotees prayer to Goddess Parvati and seek her blessings for marital bliss and happiness.
The Teej Festival of Jaipur is marked by a huge procession taken out in the city. In the convoy, is placed an idol of Teej (covered by a canopy), along with the idol of Gangaur (representing Goddess Parvati), which is kept in the open. The Teej idol is beautifully ornamented and adorned with bright clothes. The convoy, which had the City Palace as its starting point, goes on for two successive days.
Regarded as the festival of swings and rains, the Rajasthan Sawan Teej Festival is also a celebration of the freedom from the scorching heat. The rains falling on the dry and arid land, along with the delightful scent of the wet soil releases us from the intolerable heat of the summers. In the Teej Festival of Jaipur, Rajasthan, young girls and women wear bright and colorful clothing. They suspend swings, adorned with colorful flowers, from the branches of trees. To welcome the monsoon season, they also sing traditional songs and celebrate its onset.