the occasion of 'Shukla
Chaturdashi' of Kartik
month, also called
'Vaikunth Chaturdashi', a
fair is organized at the
Kamleswar Mahadev Temple
of Srinagar which is not
only for recreations &
entertainments but also
attached with some
traditions. On the night
of 'Vaikunth Chaturdashi',
this temple witnesses
scores of childless
couples praying with
lighted 'Diya' for
fertility. It is said that
Lord Shiva always answers
their prayers. Earlier,
this fair was organized
for single day in the
temple campus. Now, it is
extended to five days by
with including a number of
year on 'Vaikunth Chaturdashi' &
'Kartik Purnima', a two days 'Binsar Mela'
is organized at 'Bindeswer Mahadev' temple
situated at the remote & district
border area between 'Chauthan Patti' &
'Dhoodatoli' forests in which people from
different areas of the Districts Pauri,
Chamoli, Almora and Rudraprayag are
participated and worshipped God Shiva.
Because of this, the fair witnesses a fine
mixture of cultural heritages of Garhwal
& Kumoun regions. On this occasion,
the people are assembled and participated
in cultural programmes in which 'Pandav'
& 'Chaufula' dances, 'Mangal' &
'Khuded' songs etc. are performed on the
rhythm of traditional musical instruments
by awakening whole night.
the day of 'Makar Shankaranti', 'Gindi'
fairs are organized at some places in the
southern part of the district. These fairs
have its own distinctiveness and
importance in the hills. As the month of
'Magha' starts, a number of fairs are
organized in whole area, but the 'Gindi'
fairs of 'Dandamandi' & 'Thalnadi' are
most famous in which people from the
remote and far-away places are
participated. These fairs are symbols of
bravery, joy, courage & competitive
spirits, in which two teams of the
villagers are formed to participate in the
game of specific kind of ball in a plain
ground. In this game, each team .
is celebrated every year in the
headquarters of the Pauri district. It is
organized for about 5 days to one week
during October-November.Many cultural
teams of Uttarakhand participates in this
festival.Various types of exhibitions are
also held.Local souveniers,cuisines etc.
are also available for tourists and
visitors during this festival.
Nanda Raj-Jat fair is an excellent example
of vibrant cultural heritage of
Uttarakhand pulsating in a land blessed
with superb natural beauty. The
Raj-Jat takes place every 12 years after
elaborate preprations by the descendants
of the royal priests living in village
Nauti and the royal family of Kunwars
living in Kansuwar. This is a religious
pilgrimage of 280 Kms. It takes about 20
days to complete this long arduous trek.
The last yatra was held in the year
Mela is an industrial fair which is held
every year for one week starting from 14th
November. This is being organized since
pre-independence days. A number of
merchants/traders and local people take
part in this festival. Cultural programs
are also organized during this festival.
Many tourists take part in it.
winter games are held every year in
February/March at uli,Joshimath. Sking
competition takes place at Auli skiing
slopes in which skiiers from within and
outside the country take part in this
event. Cultural programmes are also
organized to show cause the rich cultural
heritage of Uttarakhand to the
Fair is held every year at the historic
Guru Ram Rai Darbar in Dehradun City on
the sacred memory of the Guru. The fair
begins with putting up a new Jhanda (
Flag) on the staff located in the compound
of the historic complex. Besides local
people, a large number of devotees turn up
from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, U.P. and
Himachal Pradesh etc.
is a legendary place located on the
eastern bank of the river Tons. Lord Shiva
is the reigning deity of the ancient
temple located here in a cave. In the
Skandapurana, this place has been referred
to as Deveshwara.
is believed that during Dwaparyuga, this
place was abode of Guru Dronacharaya who
lived here with his family. Since then,
the cave was known as Drona Gufa. One of
the famous heroes of Mahabharata and son
of Guru Drona, Ashwathama was born here .
When Ashwathama was very young, the poor
father could not find any milk for him.
The Guru was too poor to afford a cow. It
was a matter of worry to the great master.
One day, when young Ashwathama was crying
for milk, the helpless Guru advised him to
pray and worship Lord Shiva, who would
bless him with milk. Ashwathama did so.
Pleased with the young boy's tough
penance, Lord Shiva appeared before him in
the garb of Brahmin and enquired about his
Ashwathama asked for milk. Lord Shiva
blessed him and said that milk would be
made available here. Ashwathama found milk
falling on the Shivalinga, drop by drop.
Ashwathama had prayed to the Lord by the
name of Tapakeshwar and hence the place
was known by the same name.
big fair takes place here on the shivratri
day. Thousands of devotees congregate at
this place on the day to offer prayers.
Tapakeshwar is approachable from Dehradun
by City Bus or Three Wheelers. It is about
5kms. from the Bus-Stand and 5.5kms. from
the Railway station.
siddha is one of the four siddhpeeths
around Dehradun. It has immense religious
importance. It is about 10kms. away on
Dehradun-Rishikesh road. It can be easily
approached by city bus or three wheelers
and is located about 1 km off the road
inside jungle. It is mainly a local
religious fair held every Sunday, but last
Sunday of April has a special
significance, when people turn up in very
large number and congregation of 20 to 25
thousand people can be seen offering
obeisance to the samadhi here.
fair is held at the Jhanda ground in
cantonment area of Chakrata block of the
Dehradun district. It is about 3kms. from
Chakrata. The fair reflects cultural
heritage and tradition of Jaunsari tribe.
A large number of people turn up in this
fair from nearby Trhri, Uttarkashi and
Saharanpur districts. The fair marks
harvesting season inthe area and reflects
the happiness of the local people.
Devta's fair is held at Hanol which is
about 120kms. on the Chakrata Tyuni road.
The fair takes place in August every year,
when Mahasu Devta (deity) is taken out in
a procession. Musical prayers continue for
three days and night. The havan samagri (
offering material ) is arranged by the
Government of India. This is a local fair
of Jaunsari tribe. Thousands of
participants throng the place on the
occasion from the adjacent Tehri,
Uttarkashi and Saharanpur district.
at a height of 1675 mts. on a hill above
Swarg Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev is one of
the most revered temples of Rishikesh.
According to a legend, after the great
'Sagar Manthan' the churning of the sea by
gods and demons, Lord Shiva drank all the
effluent venom that turned up from the
manthan. The poison turned his throat blue
and hence the name Neelkanth (Blue
throat). An important fair is held in the
Hindu month of Bhadrapad (July/August)
when a visit to the temple is considered
is a multi-event festival which is held in
the month of October-November in Dehradun.
The duration of this festival is about 15
days which features folk performing arts,
theatre, crafts and culture of
uttarakhand, educational exhibitions,
talks, lecture-demonstrations, workshops,
documentary, screenings, Film-festival,
literature festival etc. The artists and
artisians from different parts of the
country as well as from abroad performs in
the occasion of Baisakhi ie. 13/14th
April, a large fair is held in the temple
of Agateshwar Mahadev which is dedicated
to sage Agastya and the temple is also of
an archeological significance figures of
Gods and Goddesses have been carved out on
stones. During this festival, many
devotees come to this temple to worship
and pay their homage to God.
is held every year during navratras
(September-October) at Hariyali Devi
Temple. The temple has an ornate of the
Goddess on a lion's back. Devotees from
various places come here to worship the
Goddess and seek her blessings.
fair is organized every year during
August-September at Deoria tal. It is a
lake which is situated on the
Chopta-Ukhimath road and has captivating
surroundings with forests all around. Many
persons take part in this
Kalidas Mela Kabiltha
is a 3 days fair which is organized every
year from 15th to 17th June in memory of
the Sanskrit poet Mahakavi Kalidas on his
birthday. Many Learned scholars from
Banaras, Ujjain, Kumaon etc. come here for
Kavi Sammelan & debate. Cultural
programs are also organized during this
fair has a legendary background. Gautam
Rishi used to go for a sacred bath in the
Ganga every morning. For him, this had
become part of his everday life.
the king of Gods- Indra asked Surya ( Sun)
as to who was the most beautiful woman on
the earth. The Sun parried the question
and said " Most of people are busy in
their work when I shine during the day and
it is very difficult for me to judge as to
who is ugly and who is beautiful".
Indra asked the same question to
Chandradev ( Moon God) who said that
Ahilya, the wife of Gautam Rishi resding
at the confluence of Yamuna and Tamsa was
the most beaytiful woman on the earth.
Hearing this, Indra was overtaken by evil
and lust and made up his mind to aquire
Ahilya by hook or crook. Unbecoming of the
king of Gods as he was, Indra entered the
Ashram ( hermitage) of Gautam at midnight
and mimicked the call of a cock. Unaware
of the wicked designs of Indra,Rishi
Gautam set out for bathing in Ganga as
usual, mistaking as the dawn. Finding
Ahilya alone at home as soon as the sage
left, Indra knocked the door and
impersonating as Gautam, tried to bluff
her. Ahilya was a pious hearted lady. She
sensed the evil designs of Indra and
cursed him to be a leper with a thousand
eyes. Meanwhile, Gautam reached Ganga and
entered the holy water for bath. The river
Goddess was pleased with the punctuality
and devotion of Gautam. She asked him to
return home immediately as his wife was in
trouble. The Rishi turned back in a hurry,
leaving his Kamandal ( sacred pot) there.
Later, the Goddess Ganga herself returned
the Kamandal, filling it with holy water,
which was set up in the Ashram in the form
of a sarovar ( tank). She also gave a boon
that the tank's water will be equal in
holiness to the actual Gangajal and those
who have a holy dip in the tank will earn
the same blessing as one who has a holy
dip in the Ganga. Since then, this place,
which is about 8kms. on
Dehradun-Saharanpur Road, is a holy
bathing place of religious importance.
Thousands of devotees visit the spot in
April and October, when a big fair takes
Devi Fair is held on the Ganga Dussehra
day at Surkhanda Devi temple, located at a
distance of 33kms. from Mussoorie. The
temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and
is an important pilgrimage centre. It can
be reached by trekking about 2kms. from
Kaddukhal via Dhanolti on the road to
Chamba. The worship of the Goddess is the
main attraction of this fair. Besides folk
music and dance, the traditional
handicrafts are also on display.
fair is held in October every year during
Navratras at Narendra Nagar. Over fifty
thousand people gather here to participate
in various activities. Display of skill
and strength by the youth, handicrafts and
handmade articles are main attractions of
Mela takes place on the occasion of Makar
Sankranti ( January) in Uttarkashi every
year. It is an important event of the
district from religious, cultural and
commercial point of view. A large number
of local people and tourist participate in
the mela, with many pouring in from
different parts of Kumaon, Garhwal and
other parts of Uttar Pradesh.
fair of Uttarkashi is the most famous fair
of the entire Bhagirathi valley. During
this fair the local deities of the
surrounding areas are brought in a
procession to Uttarkashi. They are bathed
in the Bhagirathi river and after that
they are taken to pay respects at the