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Chandrabhaga Fair at Jhalrapatan Rajasthan - 16-18 November 2013


(16-18 November 2013)
The Chandrabhaga fair is held every year at Jhalrapatan (6kms from Jhalawar) in the month of Kartik (October-November).
The River Chadrabhaga runs here and is considered holy by the people residing in this part of Rajasthan. On the full moon night of 'cartik purnima', thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip in the river. The fair, held on the last day of Kartik, attracts devotees who bathe in the holy waters at this spot which is known as Chandravati.
A big cattle fair which blends religion with commerce is held here. Livestock like cows, horses, buffaloes, camels and bullocks are brought from distant parts for sale. Traders from various parts of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra converge here and brisk trading takes place. The fair provides an opportunity for the tourists to acquaint themselves with the people of this region and their rituals and traditions.
Ramganj Mandi is the nearest Railway Station (25kms). Jhalawar is well connected to Kota, Bundi and Jaipur. National Highway No.12 passes through Jhalawar.
Jhalawar and Jhalrapatan
The princely State of the Jhalawar was created in 1838 AD, after being separated from Kota by the British. It is best explored by foot within the city and a horse safari in the outskirts, as Jhalawar boasts of rich natural wealth, with vibrant flora and fauna.
Since it is situated at the edge of the Malwa Plateau, it has a rocky but water-laden verdant landscape unlike much of Rajasthan. Jhalawar is known for its exquisite pre-historic cave paintings, massive forts, thick woody forests, exotic wild life and a lush country side which has red poppy fields and orange-laden orchards. Small wonder then that the city looks fascinating and colourful during winters.
The massive fort Garh Palace is located in the centre of the city. We find exquisite paintings on the walls and mirrors. The museum has a collection of rare manuscripts and sculptures. Bhawani Natya Shala is one of the few theaters in the region, built in 1921. Just 12 Kms. away from Jhalawar, you can find an impenetrable fortress Fort Gagron surrounded on three sides by rivers as an example of "Jal Durg". The 7th century old rock cut caves and Buddhists Kolvi and Vinayka (90 kms.) are also worth a visit.
The main attractions are the periphery Jhalrapatan (City of Bells), with a huge Surya temple of the 10th century that has beautiful carvings and beautifully preserved idol of the "Surya" at the rear. Inside the temple, it is an idol of Vishnu erected in the 11st century. The Lord Shantinath Jain temple is located in the centre of the city. A little far is the Chandrabhaga temple with a garden. Furthermore, Herbal Garden, Dwarkadhish temple, Naulakha in Fort Jhalrapatan and Dalhanpur (54 kms), Ren Basera (5 kms), Mau Borda Palaces (25 km) are the other places of tourist interest.