Chandrabhaga Fair, Jhalawar, Rajasthan
India is such a festival loving country that even fairs have to share common names. There are two fairs named as Chandrabhaga Fair. One is celebrated in the eastern state of Odisha while another, thousands of kilometers apart, in Jhalarpatan near Jhalwar in Rajasthan. This Chandrabhaga Fair in Rajasthan is observed every year on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima on the banks of Chandrabhaga river in which thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip. The festival, named after the river Chrandrabhaga, is considered very sacred by the people of Rajasthan.
In 2019, the fair will be celebrated from 11th to 13th November. This fair attracts travellers, pilgrims and explorers alike with rituals and traditions practised in this region. A lot of pilgrims assemble during the fair and participate in this gala event. Like many other fairs, a huge cattle fair is organized here too, where livestock such as cows, horses, buffaloes, camels, and bullocks are sold and purchased. During the fair, the Department of Tourism organizes activities over three days like traditional Deepdan, Shobha Yatra and various competitions as well as cultural evenings. Various other competitions like Matka Race, Tug of War, Turban Tying, Rangoli Making, Cattle competitions, Moustache Competition also attract tourists and entertain them.
How to Reach:
Jhalrapatan is just 6 km from Jhalawar which is at NH-12 and well connected to Kota, Bundi, and Jaipur. Regular buses are available from all major cities to Jhalawar. Jhalawar (JLWC) is also connected by rail from stations like Jaipur (JP), Kota (KOTA).
Where to Stay:
Jhalawar being a small place, not many options are available. Virendra Bhawan Homestay may be a good choice though. It is like a heritage hotel. Few more hotels including Krishna Palace are also there.