Annual Baneshwar Fair-2012

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The Baneshwar fair scheduled from February03 to 07, 2012 is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi. In its present form it is actually a merger of two fairs: one which used to be held in honour of Baneshwar Mahadev (Lord Shiva) and another fair which started after the construction of the Vishnu temple by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji, a highly revered saint considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

This is a religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. On this occasion tribal from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat join their brethren from Rajasthan to offer prayers to Lord Shiva at Hanumangarh. The Baneshwar fair is predominantly a tribal fair with more than half of the congregation consisting of Bhils.

The Bhils attending Baneshwar Fair sing traditional folk songs in high pitched voices sitting around a bonfire every night. Groups of villagers are also invited to participate in the programme. The fair resounds with the gaiety of songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic feats. Adding to the excitement are the joy rides on merry-go-rounds and swings.

Baneshwar Fair is one of the most exciting fairs to be witnessed by the tourists from other countries.

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