Gananath Fair is a famous fair held at Gananath Temple located about 47kms from Almora. Gananath Temple is an ancient temple known popularly for its caves and Shiva temple.
When is Gananath Fair celebrated?
Gananath Fair is celebrated every year on Kartik Purnima which falls 15days after Maidani Diwali.
How is Gananath Fair celebrated?
On Gananath Fair, gamblers from the regions of Almora and Nainital would get together and play cards. At night, couples and ladies who wish to have children visit the temple and worship Lord Shiva. The ladies carry diyas in their hands and pray to Lord Shiva the whole night. However, restriction in gambling and advancement in medical treatments have led to the decline in both these traditions.