Baneshwar Fair

Baneshwar Fair

A popular tribal fair in Rajasthan, Baneshwar is as simple in its rituals as are the people who celebrate it. One of the many festivals that add to the color of a state which is known for its liveliness and exuberance, Baneshwar Fair is held in Baneshwar, some 50 kms. from Dungarpur. The carnival got its name from the much revered Shiva Ling placed in the Mahadev Temple in Dungarpur, Rajasthan. Baneshwar, by the way, means the master of Delta in local language, a name which is given to Lord Shiva so revered by locals. The fair is held between Magh Shukla Ekadasi and Magh Shukla Pornima and is organized at a small delta constituted by rivers Som and Mahi. The occasion sees tribals coming from far and wide to take part in the fair.

The Baneshwar fair, as it is held today, is one of the two fairs held at the place. One is the traditional fair dedicated to Lord Baneshwar (Lord Shiva) and the other fair which started after the construction of Vishnu Temple. This temple was built by Jankuwari, daughter in law of Mavji. A revered saint and widely believed to be the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Moving ahead, two disciples of Mavji - Aje and Vaje constructed, Lakshma - Narain temple at the point where both the rivers Som and Mahi met. The 'Pran-Pratishtha' ceremony of the idols took place on Magh Shukla Ekadashi and henceforth a fair is organized on this day where all the deities are worshipped.

On this day (Magh Shukla Ekadashi), the priest also known as 'mathadhish' makes his appearance in a massive procession. Mavji image, carved out of 16 cms. of silver, is brought on a horse back . The water of the rivers is supposed to be cleaned and purified after Mathadhish takes a bath here and as such there are hordes of people taking bath along with the Mathadhish. The Bhils who constitute a large chunk of the tribal population who attend the fair consign the ashes of their dead at the confluence of the rivers.

The Baneshwar Mahadev temple remains open on this day from 5:00AM in the morning to 11:00 PM at night till the time fair lasts. The morning sees the Shiv Ling being smeared with saffron post which it is bathed following which aarti takes place. The evening sees, bhabut (ash) being applied to the Shiv Linga which is followed by an aarti ceremony. Faithfuls offer wheat flour, pulses, rice, jiggery, ghee, salt, chilies, coconut and cash to deity.

Lakshmi-Narain Temple, on the other hand, sees prayers conducted five times a day. The brass gongs are struck at the time the aarti takes place in the temple. Along with the deity, Mathadhish's aarti is also performed. The temple plays host to 'rasleela' at night. The devotees offer similar offerings as they do at the Baneshwar Temple.

The Bhils who form a large part of the congregation at the fair render the air with their folk songs. Their gathering sits around a bonfire and sing every night of the fair. The event sees lively presentations of folk songs, magic shows, animal shows etc. The entire fair site is agog with excitement as a number of food stalls, merry go round, and swings which further spice up the atmosphere.

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