Chitra Vichitra Fair is one of the largest tribal fair celebrated in the state of Gujarat
. This annual fair is held at the Chitra Vichitra Mahadev Temple
situated at the confluence of 3 rivers - Aakar, Vaakar and Sabarmati
. The fair starts two weeks after Holi
in the month of March/April.
Chitra Vichitra Fair mainly attracts Garasias, Rabaris and Bhils. The fair start when the tribal women gather at the river to mourn their dear departed ones. They bathe in the holy rivers and offer sacrifices. Garasias and Bhils can be seen embellished in their customary colorful costumes. Each group who attends the fair carries their own drum and the incessant beat of numerous drums make the atmosphere alive. The tribal boys and girls use this occasion to find their future spouses.
The fair is named after the Mahabharata princes - Chitraveer and Vichitraveer – who are said to have lived here and been cured of diseases, which afflicted them.
Chitra Vichitra Fair is attended by thousands of people from Gujarat and Rajasthan.