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Bilaspur Fair and Festival

Fair and Festivals Fair and festivals are interwoven in the daily lives of the people of this district. It is rather a cultural heritage of the people. It celebrated here exhibit a high civic sense of associations and social discipline. Various type of fairs and festivals are celebrated almost around the year. The fairs and festivals observed throughout the year are given here under:









Month & Description


Nalwari Fair

Luhnu Ground, Bilaspur

Nalwari, State level fair, is attached with the cattle wealth. The fair last for seven days i.e 17-23 March.


Navratri Fair
(Sri Naina Devi Ji)

Sri Naina Devi Ji

A week long religious fair in Navratra. It is generally organised in the month of August/October.


Gugga Fair

Gehrwin in Tehsil Jhandutta

It begins from Gugga Navami (August / September). To commemorate Gugga, a Hindu Rajput young prince who overcame his enemies heroically. It is generally believed that the worships of Gugga saves from the danger from the snakes. Group of singers praise the heroic deeds of Gugga.


Baisakhi Fair


It begins in the month of April. There is a natural spring at this place and married couples come to have a bath in sacred water which is believed to cure certain infant diseases and sterility is changed into fertility.


Shahtalai Fair


It begins in the month of June. Worship of Baba Balak Nath Ji last for one month. Fair are held through out the month.


Bag Fair

Panjgain, Bilaspur

It begins in the month of June. Dangal is the main attraction of the fair.


Bachretu Fair

Bachretu,Sri Naina Devi Ji

It begins in the month of April. People come to have Baisakhi bath at Bachretu.



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Month & Description


(Makar Sakranti)

It falls on the 13th and 14th January. This is observed by igniting fire, distributing reories, gachak, groundnuts etc. On this day people mostly relish "Khichri" with pure ghee. Devout among Hindus take only dip in the sacred rivers.


Basant Panchami

It is festivals of colours. People usually put on yellow clothes, cook yellow rice and other sweat preparations. This festivals bids farewell to winter and welcomes the spring.



The festival is generally observed by Hindus in every household. Lord Shiva is worshiped in various temples by offering water mixed with milk on the shivlings.



Holi is a festivals of colours and merry making. It usually falls in March. It makes the beginning of the spring season. The young boys form small parties and go about the streets. They sing and dance. They throw coloured water on one another. Children also go around merry making. They have Pichkari (syringe) and buckets full of coloured water. They throw coloured water on people with their Pichkari. The elder people use abir and gulal. They rub them on the foreheads of the people.



The Baisakhi is a seasonal festival. It is celebrated all over the district by all the classes of people. Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs celebrate it. It falls on the first day of Baisakh on the 13th of April. People put on new clothes and prepare halwa and other tasty dishes. A fair is held at many important places.



It is a fair of greenness and vendure and is celebrated on the first of Sawana i.e. mid July.


Janam Ashtmi

Janam Ashtmi the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated in the month of August/September every year. People worship in the temples for long hours and religious songs are sung. Many people mostly elderly and ladies fast on this day.



Dussehra is one of the great festivals of Hindus. They celebrate it with gaiety in honour of Shri Ram Chandra's victory over Ravan, the demon king of Lanka. It falls on Shukla Vijaya Dasmi in the month of Asauj. The Ramayana is staged in the form of a drama commonly called Ram Lila, for ten days. The whole of Ram's life is depicted in leela. On the 10th day i.e. Vijay Dashmi huge effigies of Ravana, Kumbkarana and Meghnath are raised in the ground and towards the sun set they are set on fire. It emphasises that the good always triumphs over the evil.



To commemorate the victory of Rama over Ravana and return of Rama to Ayodhya, Diwali the festivals of illumination is celebrated in the month of October / November. Diwali the festival of lights takes place on the Amavasya of Krishan Paksh. Diwali is celebrated with great pomp and show. People whitewash their houses and shops. Every place in the house is cleaned, decorated with pictures, toys and paper flowers. On the night of Diwali houses and shops are illuminted, shopkeepers close their old accounts. They open new ones for the new year. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi visit their houses on this day.



The Sakranti of Kartika, worshiping is done usually by a barber with citrus fruit (galgal), walnuts and stalks of paddy, who is paid some annuity. The next day all offerings are consigned to the khad or river flowing nearby.