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Baneshwar festival at Dungarpur from 21 to 25 February 2013

Visit Rajasthan during the celebrations of Baneshwar festival which is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi in Dungarpur District. The popular festival of Bhils, a tribal community of Rajasthan, Baneshwar Fair is a must see one ...
According to legends Baneshwar fair is actually a blend of two fairs. One dedicated to Baneshwar Mahadev and the other dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Janakunwari a local leader constructed a temple of Lord Vishnu and on the day when the idol was established these two fairs merged together.
Beginning from February 21 to 25, 2013, the fair would continue for five days. The first day of the fair begins with the main priest ( or Mathadhish) taking a dip in the holy rivers. He arrives here from Sabla in a huge procession along with a silver image of Mavji. Next day a grand aarti is performed at the shrine where people also offer wheat flour, pulses, ghee, jaggery, salt, coconut and cash. The ritual of immersing the ashes of their dead relatives is also considered very sacred.
As for entertainment many cultural shows are organized in the evenings that are very attractive. You can also see Raslila that is performed in the temple complex after the sunset. Here you will get to see many magical, animal and acrobatic shows that are quite popular among the travelers. You can also buy some really interesting stuff like lac bangles, printed dress material, antique jewelery while visiting the Baneshwar Fair.