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Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar
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INTRODUCTION
Baneshwar Fair is a religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. Baneshwar Fair is usually held in January-February during Shivratri in Baneshwar, Rajasthan. It is primarily a tribal fair where Bhils from Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat join with their brethren in Rajasthan to worship Lord Shiva. The fair takes place at a small delta which has been formed by Mahi and Som rivers from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Poornima during Shivratri.

THE LEGEND BEHIND THE CELEBRATIONS
Baneshwar derives its name from the much honored Shiv Linga which is kept at Mahadev temple in Dungrapur. In the local Vagdi language, Baneshwar means ‘master of the delta’. This name was given to the Shiv Linga. This fair is actually a combination of two fairs – one which was held in honor of Baneshwar Mahadev or Lord Shiva and the other which was initiated after the construction of the Vishnu temple by daughter-in-law of Mavji, Jankunwari. Mavji was a highly honored saint regarded as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

DESCRIPTION
During Baneshwar Fair, hundreds of Bhils from the districts of Dungarpur, Udaipur and Banswara gather at Baneshwar to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. The temple of Baneshwar Mahadev opens very early at 5 a.m. and closes only late in the night at 11 p.m. Saffron is applied to the Shiv Linga in the morning after bathing; it followed with an aarti with incense sticks. Bahbhut or ash is put on the Linga in the evening. An aarti with wick-lamp is also performed. Pulses, wheat flour, rice, chillies, ghee, salt, jaggery, coconut and cash are offered to the Linga by the devotees. The Bhils attending Baneshwar Fair sing traditional folk songs in high pitched voices sitting around a bonfire every night. Groups of villagers are also invited to participate in the programme. The fair resounds with the gaiety of songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic feats. Adding to the excitement are the joy rides on merry-go-rounds and swings.

TIME TO CELEBRATE   
The Baneshwar Festival is celebrated in the month of February in the city of Baneshwar.

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