Baneshwar Fair is a five days event starting from Shukla ekadeshi of Magh month, as per the Hindu calendar. This is the unique and biggest tribal fair of the country that attracts lakhs of devotees. This fair is annually held in Dungarpur, Rajasthan. The name Baneshwar is derived from the holy Shiva Linga located in the Shiv temple in Dungarpur. ‘Baneshwar’ in the local language Vagdi means ‘master of delta’.
The fair is organised at the delta formed by rivers- Mahi and Som. The fair continues till Shukla Purnima of Magh. Baneshwar is situated 24 kms away from Aspur, which is in the Dungarpur district.
The Baneshwar fair is actually a combination of two fairs. One fair is organised to pay tribute to the Lord Shiva, known as Baneshwar Mahadev. And the other fair is held to celebrate the completion of the construction work for the Vishnu temple by Jankunwar, the daughter-in-law of Saint Mavji.
The priest or Mathadish arrives in a massive procession to the fair site from Sabha and takes a dip into the river. Then aarti of the Mathadish is performed and Raslila are reenacted at the night in the Lakshmi Narayana temple.
Bhils or tribal people from Dungarpur, Udaipur and Banswara constitute the major part of the gathering. The fair is very famous and is organised at a very large level. The pran-pratishtha ceremony of the idols to the temple was performed on magh Shukla Ekadashi. Since then a fair is organized every year to celebrate this auspicious event.
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