Kamleshwar Fair is a religious fair held every year on the 14th day of Kartik month (early November) which is known as “Vaikuntha Chaturdashi”.
Where is Kamleshwar Fair celebrated?
Kamleshwar Fair is held in Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple located on the banks of Alaknanda River in the historic town of Srinagar in Garhwal.
How is Kamleshwar Fair celebrated?
On this day, people visit Kamleshwar Temple throughout the day to worship Lord Kamleshwar. Along with religious ceremonies, people also engage in buying and selling of essential commodities.
In the night, the ceremony of ‘khardip’ and ‘dipsadhna’ takes place. In this ceremony women willing to have children, carry lighted diyas in their palms for the entire night and shed them to flow in the Alaknanda River. It is believed that the firm belief and devotion of the devotees fulfils their wish to have a child.
Significance of Kamleshwar Fair
With respect to the changing times, the ceremonies and the beliefs behind them are changing but the fair is still celebrated with great fervour where large number of people from the nearby regions attend the fair.