Famous Fair & Festival in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh
Here is the list of some popular Fair & Festival in Chamba
This festival is held in the month of August on second Sunday. It is a seven day festival held in July – August. The Minjar festival is a kind of a thanksgiving ceremony to the god of rain and a prayer for good harvest, Rural offers Maize flowers, coconut, rupee or a smaller coin, fruit and a few paddy tentacles to Varuna – the god of rain or good cultivation. It is a state fair. It is difficult to say, when the fair first started, but the present form of the fair is attributed to Raja Sahil Verman, who ruled the state in the 10th century A.D.
The Great Processions
Decorated horses and colorful banners are taken through the street by Gaddis and Gujjars and all the god and goddess are brought out in the Chogan.
It is held in the month of April. This fair is exclusively for women here is a temple of Naina Devi where women gather and worship the Devi. Naina was the queen of Raja Sahil Verman. This temple has been constructed at a place where she had sacrificed herself to bring water to Chamba town. This fair lasts for 15 days in the month of Chaitra.
Bharmaur Jatra Fair
It is held in district Chamba in the month of August. The Bharmaur jatra begins on the day following Janamashtmi and lasts for six days. Each day’s jatra is dedicated to a different deity such as Hari Har (Shiva), Nar Singh, Ganesh, Lakshna Devi, Keling and Seetla Devi, whose temples stand in Chaurasi area. The musicians play on dhol, narsingha, nagara, shehnai and kernal, the instruments of Hari Har temple, to herald the start of puja.
In the remote area of Chamba, mostly localities from Chamba and Bharmour, use to celebrate this on the first of Baisakh. A fire is set in the morning as young boys sing and dance around it.
Very important in the life of Gaddis, local residing in the upper hill of this district, is the family celebration, involves lot of feasting and merry making in the name of Lord Shiva.