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Fair & Festivals

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Fairs & Festivals are opportunities to meet each other. In the ancient time, when there were no such facilities of communication and transport, these fairs and festivals have played an important role in social gathering and meeting with relatives, friends resided in the far-away geographical locations. Together with recreation, these have social significance to remember the religious importance and social messages behind these events. Most of the festivals of the region are based on mythological traditions.

‘Makar Shankranti’, also called ‘Uttarayni’ in Garhwal, is celebrated as ‘Khichriya Shankranti’ in which ‘Khichri’ of ‘Urad Dal’ is prepared and Rice & ‘Urad Dal’ is donated to the Brahmins. On this day, ‘Gindi’ fairs are organized in different places like Dadamandi, Thalnadi etc. of the district. On ‘Basant Panchami’, also called ‘Sripanchami’, the worships of ‘Kshetrapal’ or ‘Bhumiya’ Devtas are organized and the group folks ‘Thadiya’ and ‘Chauffula’ are started. On ‘Vishuvat Shankranti’, the new year starts and it is celebrated as ‘Vikhoti’. In some places like Trivani near Pokhal, Devalgarh etc., fairs are organized on this day. Similarly, ‘Holi’, ‘Deepawali’, ‘Shivratri’, ‘Vijayadhasmi’, ‘Rakshabandhan’ are organized with full joys as per Hindu traditions.

Cultural Calendar

Name of the Fair Place Importance/Historical Time
Jadaukhand Festival Jadaukhand (Nainidanda) Cultural/Historical 26th Jan
Salta Mahadev Salta Mahadev Shiv Ratri 13-14 Jan
Devi Fair Adalikhal Goddess Durga (Killing of Cattles like Goat Buffalo) 15 April
Aupakhal Fair Saupakhal Goddess Durga --
Bhaun Fair Bhairangkhal Goddess Bhagwati July End August Mid
Subhnath Fair Dhumakot Dhumadevi (Goddess Durga) First Monday of May
Patoria Fair Patoria Danda Goddess Durga Second Monday of May
Nainidanda Nainidanda Goddess Durga First Monday of May
Bungi Fair Haldukhal Goddess Bungi --
Apola Fair Apola Goddess Bhagwati --
Bhaun Fair Khalyundanda -- --
Goddess(Durga) Fair Bharolikhal(Bedikhal) Goddess Durga --
Lodhli Fair Lodhli/Gyuinkhal Goddess Durga --
Sobhinath Fair Sera (Padinda) Goddess Durga --
Lord Shiva Fair Bedikhal Lord Shiva 15 June
Kalinka Fair (Biannual) Kanmali (Beeraunkhal) Goddess Kalinka 30 Dec
Subhnath Fair Jogimadhi(Beeraunkhal) Lord Subhnath --
Ekeshwar Fair Ekeshwar Lord Mahadev --
Dewalgarh Fair Dewalgarh Goddess Raj-Rajeshwari/ Gauri --
Mansar Fair Falswari Goddess Sita --
Binsar Fair Chauthan, Pithsain Binsar Baikunth Chaturdashi
Baikunth Chaturdashi Srinagar (Garhwal) Kamleshwar Mahadev Baikunth Chaturdashi
Mundneshwar Fair Kaljikhal Lord Mahadev 6th June
Satyawan Savitri Fair Nyar Valley Satyawan Savitri --
Juli Sera Dotiyal Kaudiya Lansdowne -- During Summers
Diva Fair Chaurikhal Diva --
Devrajkhal Festival Devrajkhal Lord Mahadev --
Dermad Mahadev Festival Dermad Lord Mahadev --
Kaulagarh Festival Jethdraj Badeth Jethdraj --
Mori Tamleg (Gangwadsyun) Pandav(after 12 year) Oct-Feb
Bilvkedar Bilvkedar Lord Mahadev Shivratri
Shitalamata- Jat Bhaktiyana Shitalamata Navratra
Jad-da Devi Gawani-chopra (Ghat) Vileshwar Mahadev --
Kandai Fair Kandai Bhairav Devta --
Sanglakoti Fair Sanglakoti Lord Mahadev --
Dangal Fair Satpuli Lord Mahadev --
Khuddu Fair Pabo Lord Mahadev --
Baisakhi Fair Srinagar(Garhwal) Kamleshwar Baisakhi
Tateshwar Mahadev Garh Lord Shiva --
Pokharkhal Pokharkhal Nandadevi --
Kanda Fair Kanda Village Manju Ghosh/ Majin Bhaiyaduj
Thalisain Fair Pokhari Majhgaon Devi --
Baisakhi Fair Syunsi/ Beeraunkhal Devi --
Ghandiyal Festival Maximum Villages of Pauri Dist. Ghandiyal/ Ghantakarna --
Syuli Nanda Syuli Nanda --
Kathvadhi Fair Khirsu, Guwad, Kothgi, Baheli Game --
Dehalchauri Bajida Kanda Thaul Bhaiyaduj
Bhagwati Talaiya Beeraunkhal Devi --
Ghandyal Devta Pang (Pabo Block) Ghandiyal --
Nilkantha Nilkanth (Rishikesh) Lord Mahadev Janamasthmi
Duria Festival Bajroan Duria Basant Panchami
Kanvashram Fair kanvashram Kanva Rishi Basant Panchami
Be- Mata Giri Gaon Bhumiyal --
Ruksh Mahadev Fair Jagar Gatha Lord Mahadev Navratra
Langur Garhi Fair Bhairon Garhi Bhairav --
Danda Nagarja Kandyal (Kot Block) Nagarja --
Kyunkaleshwar Fair Pauri Town Lord Mahadev Shivratri Janamasthmi
Kandolia Pauri Town Bhumiyal --
Nagdev Pauri Town Lord Hanuman --
Vyasghat Fair -- Indraprayag --
Shivratri Kamleshwar (Srinagar) Lord Shiva Shivratri
Bagdwal Festival Jaleth Katulsyun Bagdwal During Holi
Gindi Fair Mavakot, Dandamandi Ball Festival Makar Sankranti
Tilu Rauteli Kanda (Rikhnikhal) Tiluveer Bala --
Ghuleth Festival Chauthan Patti Veer Devta --
Nandadevi Fair Dhauri Dabralsyun Nanda Nandaasthmi
Nanda Devi Khola -- Nandaasthmi
Jwalpa Devi Jwalpa Devi Jwalpa --
Jwer Dewal (Sitonsyun) Lakshman --
Bunkhal Bunkhal (Rath) Pauri Devi --
Jhangar Village Khola Patti Sitonsuon Matta Bhagwati/ Matta Jhalimali April