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Baba Barbhag Singh Mela

Baba Barbhag Singh Mela, also known as Mairi Mela, is a prominent festival held at the Gurdwara of Baba Barbhag Singh in Mairi, a tiny village located 42 km from Una on the Amb-Hamirpur Highway in Himachal Pradesh. It is celebrated in memory of Baba Barbhag Singh, who was famous for his spiritual powers.

A countless number of devotees assemble here during the festival. The major attraction of the mela is the raising of a standard at the dera. A 50 ft long trunk of a pine tree is cut of its bark once in every three year, and a unique feature is that it is washed with curd and water. Then it is covered with yellow and vermilion scarves, which are offered by the devotees. Coins, betel nuts and balloons are used to enhance its beauty.

People spend day and night singing devotional songs. A trance-like dance is performed especially by women by either sitting or standing.

This festival generally falls in the month of February.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Una


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