Starting from March 28, 2014, the annual Kaila Devi fair will take place in thre kaila Devi temple in Karauli district of Rajasthan in the honor of Kaila Devi (Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of Wealth) and will last for a fortnight.
Besides having the high historical importance and mesmerizing natural beauty, Rajasthan takes pride in its rich culture. And fairs and festivals offer that platform to portray its rich cultural heritage. Amongst its several celebrated fairs, Kaila Devi fair is one such fair which is celebrated with full enthusiasm and devotion in the month of Chaitra every year. Socio-cultural events and associated great religious significance make this famous fair truly a worth visiting.
At the Kaila Devi temple, a steady flow of devotees can be seen all year around. But the count of pilgrims goes upto two lac during the fair. To please the Goddess, devotees offer cash, coconut, bangles & sweets and participate in several rituals.
“Kanak Dandoti” is one such interesting ritual observed by staunch pilgrims. This religious rite sees devotees covering 20 kms of the distance to reach the temple by lying on prostrate and drawing lines with their hands, then standing up and advancing up to the drawing line. While some take break during the ritual, others endure the severity of the ritual- without food and rest !
To create a lively atmosphere, devotional hymns in the praise of the guardian Kaila Devi are sung in the spacious courtyard of the temple. A lot of entertainment activities, such as amusement rides, plenty of eating options, singing and dancing performances by local tribe take place at the fair. The close by Hanuman temple and Bhairon temple are other attractions.
Built by the famous princely Jadaun Rajput Rulers of Karauli Empire, Karauli Temple is situated on the banks of the Kali Sil river in the hills of Trikut, almost 2 kms away from the Kaila village of Karauli district. The holy town Karauli is located at 103 kms from Sawai Madhopur and 160 kms from Jaipur.