Fairs and Festivals in Uttarakhand

Fairs and Festivals have always been a very integral part of the life of Indians. The state of Uttarakhand is no exception. The Fairs and Festivals in Uttarakhand add a great deal of color to the lives of the people living in the state.

Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

The International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh is a celebration of Yoga, the age old Indian science of health and wellness. The great sage Patanjali, penned down the science, laid down the minute rules and techniques of the activity. Yoga was primarily developed as a medium to attain harmony of body, mind and soul. Yoga is not just different yogic postures or breathing techniques, it is a way of life. Around the world, Yoga has changed lives with its holistic techniques. International Yoga Festival is a wonderful opportunity to introduce Yoga in one’s life. The week-long event detoxifies and purifies the body, mind and soul.

Basant Panchmi

Basant Panchami is a festival celebrated in Uttarakhand to welcome the season of spring. The winter weary soul cheers the arrival of sweet spring when the flowers bloom, the birds sing, the splendid sun beams and cold no longer stings. Basant Panchami is also referred to as Sripanchami.

Ganga Dussehra or Dasar Festival

On the occasion of Ganga Dussehra or Dasar, the Ganga river is worshipped for ten days. This is because according to popular legend, Ganga descended on earth at this time. She was initially reluctant to come down from heaven but the meditation of Bhagiratha compelled her to do so..

Jauljibi and Thal Fairs

The Jauljibi and Thal Fairs in the Pithorgarh district of Uttarakhand are matchless because both these places throb with life when these fairs are held. They are the meeting points of three different cultures. Both these fairs are primarily commercial, but one should not miss out on the fact that provide a great deal of insight on the culture of the Shaukas, the Nepalis and the Kumaoni’s.

Nanda Devi Fair

In the hilly state of Uttarakhand, there are a large number of temples. These temples are the venues of many fairs that are held when the festivals are celebrated. The essentially religious minded people of the state celebrate the Nanda Devi Fair in remembrance of the goddesses Nanda and Sunanda. It is held in many places in Uttarakhand like Almora, Nainital, Nauti, Dandidhara, Munsyari, Ranikhet, Bhowali, Kichha and also in the small sleepy hamlets of Lohar (like Milam and Martoli) and Pindar valleys (like Wachham and Khati). The fairs at Almora and Roopkund draw the largest number of people.

Uttarayani Fair, Bageshwar

The Uttarayani Fair is a fair which showcases the culture of the land. The Uttarayani Fair in Uttarakhand is held in a number of places like Bageshwar, Rameshwar, Suit Mahadev, Chitrashila (Ranibagh) and Hanseshwar. In Bageshwar, the fair attracts the largest number of people. It is held in the premises of the holy Bageshwar temple. The Uttarayani Fair provides the social and political workers with an important platform to express their grievances. It has consequently played a vital role in the local movements.

Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar

Ardh Kumbh Mela is a holy gathering. The sacred assembly of devotees happens every 6 years at the holy places which are believed to have been blessed by drops of Amrit (elixir). The festival means Kumbh (pot) and Mela (gathering). Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of Hindu devotees in India. All the believers take bath in the holy waters of River Ganga at Haridwar; confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Dev Prayag; River Shipra at Ujjain and River Godavari at Nashik. Attendees of the Mela are from all walks of life. The rich, the poor, the sadhus and every bather is purified with the blessed waters. During this time, bathing in the blessed waters of River Ganga is considered the attainment of divinity.Fairs and Festivals in Uttarakhand

Fairs and Festivals have always been a very integral part of the life of Indians. The state of Uttarakhand is no exception. The Fairs and Festivals in Uttarakhand add a great deal of color to the lives of the people living in the state.



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