FAIRS

Fairs in Himachal Pradesh
Suhi Fair: It is celebrated on the day of Baisakhi (Chet) (11-13 April) in Chamba in the memory of Rani Sunaina Devi (wife of Raja Sahil Varman) who sacrificed her life to bring water from the Sarota stream to the town.This is an exclusive woman fair and attended by women and children only.
Rewalsar Fair : It is held on the occasion of Basoa festival on the day of Baishakhi at Rewalsar in Mandi district in the memory of Lomash Rishi (Padmasambhava).
Nalwari Fair: It is a popular State level cattle fair celebrated in the month of March in Bilaspur district. W. Goldstein the superintendent of Shimla hills state started this fair in 1889.
Minjar Fair: Raja Sahil Varman started this fair in 920 AD. This festival is held in the month of August on second Sunday. This International fair continues for a week.On the concluding day a procession is carried out from AkhandChandi Palace to the bank of Ravi where people offer maize flowers, a coconut, a rupee or a smaller coin, a fruit and a few paddy tentacles are offered to Varuna, the god of rain.
Shivratri Fair: This fair is held in the month of February/March on day of Shivratri in Mandi.This International fair continues for a week on Paddal ground.This fair was started by Raja Ajber Sen of Mandi state in around 1527. Later on, in 1664 Raja Suraj Sen built the Temple of Madho Rai and gave it the form of a cultural festival.The Rath Yatra is known as Jaleb and starts on the arrival of Lord Kamrunag of Karsog.
Kullu Dushehra: This International fair starts on the day of Vijaydashmi (Dussehra) in Kullu is dedicated to Lord Raghunathji.This fair was started by Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu in 1651 AD and Idol of Raghunathji was brought from Ayodhya by Damodar Dass.It is a seven day fair in which rath yatra starts on the arrival of Mata Hidimba of Manali.
Lavi Fair : This International fair is held in the month of October/November every year at Rampur,district Shimla.Raja Kehri Singh of Bushahr state started this trade fair in 1681.The word Laviis derived from the word “Loe”, which means sheet of woollen cloth. It is almost 350 years old fair.
Renuka Fair : This International fair is celebrated in the month of November for six days in district Sirmour.It starts after the ten days of Diwali festival.This fair is dedicated to Mata Renuka Ji and her son Lord Parshuram.
Sujanpur Holi Fair : It is held in the month of March every year on the day of Holi festival. Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra started this fair.It is a National level fair.
Sissu Fair : Sissu fair is celebrated by the Buddhist. Mask dance is performed in monasteries.At Sissur Gompa it is held in June, at Gemur Gompa in July and at Mani Gompa of Gondhla in August.
Gandhi Fair: This fair is celebrated at Amboa, District Sirmour. It is held on the 30th January every year.This fair is of recent origin, started after Independence, is dedicated to Gandhi Ji and has most of the features of a village fair.
NamePlaceTimeInformation
Baba Balak NathDeothSidh, HamirpurMarchDedicated to Baba Balak Nath
Baba Fattu FairRanital, KangraAprilRelated to Hindu Faqir Baba Fattu
BachhretuNaunBilaspurAprilA 15 day Fair
BalakRupiJogindernagar (Mandi)June-July & Nov- DecHairs are presented
Mela MarkandyaMarkandya shrine. 20 kms. From Bilaspur12th 13th and 14th AprilReligious fair. People take a dip in the holy spring of Markandya shrine.
Bees fairKinnaur DistrictAprilOn the day of Baisakhi
Bishu FairSirmour DistrictAprilRelated to Shrigul Devta
Bishu or Bisha FairShimla DistrictAprilOn the day of Baisakhi
Bisova FairKangra DistrictAprilOn the day of Baisakhi
Bharmour Jatra JanamashtamiBharmour, District ChambaFollowing in the month of AugustGaddi fair, Held for six days. Dedicated to Lord Shiv Narsimaha Ganesha, Lakshna Devi Keiling, and Sheetla Devi.
Dal FairUpper Dharamshala, District KangraDuring AugustGirths and Gurkhas are very fond of attending this fair
Dhungri FairManali, District KulluMayIn honour of Hidimba goddess.
DigialiMultiple placesAug-septTo ward-off evil spirits
Faag FairRampur, District ShimlaFebruaryHeld on the Holi
Hola MohallaAnandpur SahibMarchStarted by Guru, Gobind Singh Ji as military exercises. celebrated next day of Holi
Holi FairSujanpur, District HamirpurMarchStarted by Raja Sansar chand of Kangra
Holla Mohall FairAnandpur Sahib, PunjabMarchRelated to Guru Gobind Singh
JhandaNahan (Sirmour)AprilAssociated with Guru Jhalla
Jhote ka MelaShimla & Solan DistrictSeptemberBull Fight is the main event
Khogla FairPattan Valley District Lahaul & SpitiJanuaryFestival of Lights
Ladarcha FairLahaul Spiti DistrictJulyTrade fair of Spiti
Lishu FairPangi ,District ChambaAprilOn the day of Baisakhi
Losar FairKinnuar and Lahual Spiti DistrictDecemberNew Year Festival of lamas and buddhist people
Machhayal FairJoginder Nagar, Mandi DistrictApril3 day fair in which fishes are prohibited to be killed
Mal PurnimaShimla/Solan/MandiOctoberCows are worshipped
Malana and JamluDevtaMalana District KulluFeb-MarchDedicated to Rishi Jamdagni
Mamel FairKarsog, District MandiMayOrganised to celebrate the
   victory of Ram over Ravan
Nerti FairKangra DistrictAprilCelebrated on the demsie of Raja Raj Singh who died during the battle of Nerti with Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra
Panjeli FairKeonthal(Shimla)Nov-DecHeld in honor of Roe Devta called Bathindloo.
Panjgotra FairBabhaur, UnaJuly-AugustRelated to Pandavas
Pathar ka Khel FairHalog(Shimla)Oct-NovHeld on the second day of Diwali
Pauri fairUdaipur District Lahaul & SpitiAugustRelated to Lord Triloknath
PhagliLahaul Spiti DistrictDecember- JanuaryBiggest Fair of Pattan valley
Phool JatraChamba DistrictOctober- NovemberCelebrated at Kilar, Pangi
Pipal JatraKullu DistrictMarch-AprilAlso known as Vasantotsava or Rai-ri-Jach
Saho JatarChambaAprilHeld at Chander Shekhar Mahadev Temple at Saho village
Saranhuli FairMandi DistrictJuneRelated to Lord kamrunag
Shoolni FairSolan DistrictJuneRelated to Mata Shoolni
Sippi FairMashobra District ShimlaMayRelated to Lord Shiva
Sissur FairLahaul & SpitiJuneHeld at Sissur Gompa
Tribal Fair of KeylogLahaul Spiti District15-Augcelebrated in Lahual
ShaadnuPadhar, Mandi Related to Brahma Ji
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