Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. The wide variety of attractions in various parts of Rajasthan attracts a large number of tourists from far off corners of the world.
One such festival that held annually in the month of March-April is Kaila Devi Fair. The fair is celebrated at village Kaila in the Karauli district of Rajasthan and lasts for a fortnight. This year the fair will start on 7th April and ends on 23 rd April.
Kaila Devi is believed to be the incarnation of MahaLakshmi (Goddess of Wealth)- She is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money related sorrows.
Rituals & Traditions followed during the fair-
An interesting ritual is observed by the successors of Goli Bhagat, a great devotee of Kaila Devi. This ritual called “Kanak-Dandoti” is rigorous and is observed by other staunch devotees as well. These devotees cover a distance of 15 to 20 kms to the temple by lying prostrate and marking lines with their hands in that position, then get up and advance upto the drawn line and again repeating the procedure. Though some devotees do take some rest and eat food in between, but there are some who endure the hunger and exhaustion till they reach the temple. The faith of these people is exemplary.
Besides this rigorous practice, one can see groups of Mina tribesmen dancing and singing in joy creating a lively atmosphere. People sing and dance in praise of the guardian deity.
Apart from traditional practices, Kailadevi Fair includes number of decorated stalls and shops selling hand crafted indigenous items, which attracts tourists. The performances by the tribal group Mina make the atmosphere bright and cheerful. Many people visit this fair to experience the beautiful and vibrant atmosphere during the festival.
Experience beautiful & vibrant Rajasthan by visiting Kaila Devi during the fair.