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Here, we tell you about the Banganga fair held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Banganga Fair

Time April-May
Venue Banganga, Bairath near Jaipur
How to Reach Easily accessible by road from Jaipur
Significance Marks the creation of a lake by Arjuna to fetch water for Bhishma Pitamaha
Highlights Holy bath in the lake

The Banganga Fair of Jaipur, Rajasthan takes place near a stream, approximately 11 km from the town Bairath in Jaipur district. Bairath is situated almost 85 km from the city of Jaipur. The legend has it that Arjun, one of the Pandavas, created the rivulet. He shot an arrow to satiate the thirst of dying Bhishma Pitamah, a soldier hurt in the battle of Mahabharata, and created the lake.

The people visiting Rajasthan Banganga Fair take a bath in the stream and worship at the holy place. Conducting this particular ritual is considered very auspicious. The fair is important not only from pilgrimage point of view but also sets stage for traders who come to the fair to conduct business and sell their goods. Ranging from simple rural ornaments to toys to household items, almost every thing is available in this fair. There are even rides for kids like Giant wheels and Merry-go-rounds.

First thing in the morning, the devotees congregate at the temple of Shri Radha Krishnaji. Thereafter, they take a bath at Banganga river ghats. It is believed that bathing at the ghats relieves one of the bad doings and purifies the soul. Later, they advance towards the nearby shrines of Hanuman and Ganga Bihari and also pay a visit to the Shiva temple and the Math of Goswamiji.