Rajasthan is famous for its vibrant & unique fairs with a lot of enthusiasm and devotion. One such festival that held annually in the
month of March-April is Kaila Devi Fair, which is coming soon on 7th April. The fair is celebrated at village Kaila in the Karauli district of Rajasthan and lasts for a fortnight. This year the fair will start on 7th April and ends on 23 rd April.
Kaila Devi is believed to be the incarnation of MahaLakshmi (Goddess of Wealth)- She is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money related sorrows.
Traditions followed during the fair-
Goli Bhagat was a great worshipper of Kaila Devi and during Kaila Devi fair an interesting ritual called “Kanak-Dandoti” is observed by his successors in which people cover a distance of 15 to 20 kilometers to the temple following a certain procedure. According to this procedure, they make up to the temple by lying flat.
Besides this rigorous practice, one can see groups of Mina tribesmen dancing and singing in joy creating a lively atmosphere. People sing and dance in praise of the guardian deity.
Apart from traditional practices, Kailadevi Fair includes number of decorated stalls and shops selling hand crafted indigenous items, which attracts tourists. The performances by the tribal group Mina make the atmosphere bright and cheerful. Many people visit this fair to experience the beautiful and vibrant atmosphere during the festival.
Witnessing these various performances will be a great experience for the tourists and to get a true flavor of the Rajasthani culture.