Every year, The Chandrabhaga Fair in Rajasthan welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from all over the nation. It is held at Jhalrapatan, situated at a distance of about six kilometers from Jhalawar, in the month of Kartik (the full moon night).
River Chandrabhaga is considered holy by the people in Rajasthan and so on full moon day in the month of Kartik thousands of devotees take a holy dip in this river. In 2018, the fair will be organized from 3rd to 5th November.
Chandrabhaga fair shows a living tradition of Rajasthan. Folk music mesmerizes everyone and colourful art & crafts are best to shop in the fair. A large cattle fair is also held on the last day of Kartik which also attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India. Similar to the internationally acclaimed Pushkar Mela, the cattle fair which come together with religious aspects along with commerce is held here and livestock like buffaloes, cows, camels, horses and bullock are brought in this place from various parts for re-sale. Traders from far areas like Maharasthra and Madhya Pradesh come here and take part in the trading of these animals.
The fair also attracts tourists who get an opportunity to interact with the locals and familiarize themselves with their rituals and customs.
Various competitions in the Chandrabhaga Fair also attract tourists and entertain them. Competitions like Matka race, Tug of War, Turban Tying, Rangoli Making, Cattle competitions, Moustache Competition are best for fun.
The ancient city of Jhalrapatan has an exceptionally large number of temples. It is also referred to as 'the City of Bells'. A lot of pilgrims assemble into Jhalawar on the banks of river Chandrabhaga during the Chandrabhaga Fair in Rajasthan and take part in this gala event. The festival is named after the river Chrandrabhaga itself and is considered very sacred by the people of Rajasthan.
While being part of the Chandrabhaga Fair, you can also visit the nearby places of interest. Following is a list of major tourist hotspots of the region that are worth a visit:
DATE: 03/11/2018 - 05/11/2018
LOCATION: The banks of river Chandrabhaga
at Chandravati in Jhalarapatan,
6 km from Jhalawar, Rajasthan.
Main Attraction: Traditional Cattle Fair
Check out the amazing picture gallery of the previous Chandrbhaga Fair, HERE!