Baneshwar Fair, Dungarpur

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Baneshwar Fair is once again organized from February 21 to 25, 2013  at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi in Dungarpur District. The name Bhaneshwar is derived from the Shiva Linga in the Mahadev temple of Dungarpur, Rajasthan. Majority of the people who attend the fair are a tribal community of Rajasthan and tourists from other countries.

The temple of Mahadev(Lord Shiva) remains open from 5.00 in the morning to 11.00 in the night during this Fair. The morning starts with bathing of the Shiva Linga, after which saffron is applied on it and an aarti is performed with burning incense. In the evening, ash is applied to the Linga and an aarti is performed again, but this time with a wick lamp. The night is livened up with the tribals singing traditional folk songs around bonfire. Offerings of pulses, rice, wheat flour, salt, jaggery, ghee, chilies, coconut, cash, etc are also made at the temple, by the devotees.

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The other celebrations of the Baneshwar Fair include magic shows, folk dances, acrobatic feats and animal shows for the delight of tourists during the Fair.

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