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Banjar Fair

Banjar Fair is a four-day event celebrated on the second day of Jyestha. It falls between the second half of May and the first half of June every year. It is the biggest fair of Banjar Valley and takes place in Baggi village of Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

The fair is dedicated to Shringa Rishi, the chief deity of Banjar. Prior to this fair, the idol of Shringa Rishi is carried to Skeeran Jot, his original abode, in a palanquin. The people take part in the procession without taking any food and follow the deity barefoot.

The next evening the deity is brought back with great pomp. The main attraction of the fair is the day and night Seraji Natti, a popular folk dance performed by the local people of Banjar. The government has declared this fair as a state event.

Updated on 28th January, 2016


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