Bharmaur Jatra is a popular fair celebrated in Chamba District
of Himachal Pradesh
. It falls in the month of August. The fair begins on the day following Janmashtami
, the birthday of Lord Krishna
, and it lasts for six days.
Each day of this fair is dedicated to different deities such as Hari Har (Lord Shiva), Nar Singh, Ganesh, Lakshna Devi, Keling and Seetla Devi. The instruments of Hari Har temple such as dhol, narsingha, nagara,
shehnai and kernel are played to indicate the start of the puja or prayer.
A procession is led by the head priest dressed in typical Gaddi dress, sporting a silken turban on head, silver mace in the left hand and puja patar in the right. The puja is performed in each of the temples. After this, traditional folk dances are performed by both men and women, which continues till late night.