Fairs and Festivals in BhujBhuj has rich cultural heritage as it has got the culture that has been developed by the amalgamation of many rituals and practices of different dynasties that ruled the region. Bhuj City organizes many fairs throughout the year and many festivals are celebrated here.
Some of the festivals and fairs of Bhuj attract tourists from all over the world thereby has attained the status of “International Festival” e.g. Kite Festival and Rann Utsav. This article will take you through a journey of colorful festivals of fairs that you can enjoy in this city.
Fairs of Bhuj
Naagpanchami or Bhujia FairThis fair is organized in the month of August. This fair is organized at the foot of Bhujia hill. On this occasion, devotees worship the “Snake God” or Naag Dev. On the top of Bhujia Hill, the hill from where the city has its name originated, a temple dedicated to the Snake God is located. On the occasion of Naagpanchami, this temple is visited by thousands of devotees to seek blessings of the Snake God so that crops can be freed from the invasion of insects and different rodents.
Jesal Toral FairThis fair is organized in the month of August (Shraavan Month). The fair is organized in the memory of Jesal, a popular bandit of Kutch Area and Toral, a princess. Toral, the holy princess had influenced the bandit and helped him to become a saint. The couple had served the people of the region and the fair is organized to remember this couple.
Shitla Saptami FairThis fair is organized to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna. The location of this fair is the Hamirsar Lake in Bhuj. This fair is organized for 2 days. The first day is Saatam or Shitla Saptami and the second day is the Aatham or Janmasthami. On the second day, the ritual of pot breaking or mataki is organized. Earthen pots filled with money and various types of milk products are hung and it is broken by the local youths. This ritual is practiced to commemorate Lord Krishna’s stay in Gokul.
Fair of HajipirThe fair is organized in the month of April or Chaitra at Banni or Hajipir. This fair is organized to commemorate Haji Pir, a holy saint of the region. This fair is celebrated by the Hindus and Muslims both thereby becomes a wonderful instance of secularism. Throughout his life, Haji Pir served the people of the region and he died while he was trying to save cows from the fierce bandits of the region.
Mota Yaksh FairThis fair is organized in the month of September or Bhadra. About 40 KM away from the Bhuj City, this fair is organized for 3 days. As per the legends, Yakshas or angels came to this region in order to save the local people. The locals were also taught special skills by the angels so that they can have their lifestyles improved. There is a temple built in the memory of the yakshas where the fair is organized.
Dada Mekan FairThis fair is organized at Dhrang a place located about 30 KM from Bhuj City. This is a fair organized on the occasion of Mahashivaratri and in the memory of a saint Dada Maken. Dada Maken had spent his whole life in the desert along with a dog and a donkey and helped all who got lost in this vast desert. Many rural traditions and practices like wrestling, cart racing etc. are organized at Dada Maken Fair.
Festivals of Bhuj
Kutch Mahaotsav or Rann UtsavThis festival starts in January and is celebrated till March. It is one of the most awaited festivals of the state. On this occasion, many tourists from all parts of the nation as well as the world visit Bhuj and its surrounding areas to get the feel of spirit and culture of the place. Folk songs, dances, dance-dramas, etc. are performed by the local artists on this occasion. On this occasion, the Gujarat Tourism Corporation arranges a 6-day tour for the entire Kutch. Visitors get to see Mata no Madh in Bhuj, a temple that is more than 1200 years old, Lakhpat, a port of ancient time, Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar and Bhadreswar.
During this festival, exhibition of stunning handicrafts and handlooms of Bhuj are arranged for the visitors. Traditional jewelry items of this region are also exhibited in different stalls during this festival. The desert festival or the Rann Festival held during this time takes tourists to a wonderful journey of the Rann of Kutch. Tents with all modern amenities are available for the tourists who want to enjoy exquisite staying experience in this desert area.
DiwaliDiwali, like any other part of India, is celebrated with great joy in Bhuj too. Devi Laxmi, the goddess of wealth is worshiped on this occasion and houses and the entire city is decorated with lights. People enjoy bursting of crackers and eating delicious sweets and other special dishes.
NavaratriDuring the months of September/October, Navaratri Festival is celebrated. People keep fast for nine days and then on the last day, worship Devi Ma and seek her blessings. This festival also celebrated in many other northern and western states and also as Durga Puja in the eastern states of India.
Ganesh ChaturthiThis is one of the most enthusiastically celebrated festivals of Bhuj. This festival is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Processions are arranged along with the idol of Lord Ganesha who is beautifully decorated with jewelry and other accessories.
Kite FestivalThe kite festival is an international festival that is arranged on 14th January. This is a festival of colors, happiness and freedom.
Girls and boys both participate in this festival and you could view thousands of colorful kites flying in the sky.
Male and female members of the family put on colorful attires and the traditional dance of Gujarat, Dandiya is performed on this occasion. altogether, this is a festival filled with fun, joy and excitement.