Baneshwar Fair,India Tour ( Jan-Feb. )
A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals, the Baneshwar fair is actually a merger of two fairs: one which used to be held in honour of Baneshwar Mahadev (Lord Shiva) and another fair which started after the construction of the Vishnu temple by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji, a highly revered saint considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Held at a small delta formed by the confluence of the river Som and Mahi and in the month of Jan - Feb, the Baneshwar fair is is predominantly a tribal fair with more than half of the congregation consisting of Bhils, many of whom also come from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
During the fair, the Baneshwar Mahadev temple remains open from early morning till midnight. Thousands pray to the Lord both in the morning and in the evening. A huge bonfire is lit and traditional folk songs in high pitched voices are sung. The fair reverberates with a gaiety of songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic feats. Adding to the excitement are the joy rides on merry-go-rounds and swings.