Fairs in Jammu
Jammu is a city with multicultural influence. Here people from various backgrounds and cultural ethnicity stay in unison and celebrate in merry and joy. Also, this city is a cultural haven for people who want to witness the amalgamation of different traditions and rituals into a single point.
Therefore, it will not be wrong to state that Jammu is a place which is culturally stimulated and provides a wide range of knowledge to someone who is looking to gather experiences of different Indian traditions and rituals. Being a region which is culturally motivated and intellectually aspiring, Jammu also houses many fairs which play a significant role in the cultural bonding of the state.
Major Fairs in Jammu
Some of the popular fairs that are organized by the government and the administration of Jammu are Mansar Food and Craft Mela, Lohri festival Jammu, Baisakhi festival Jammu, Chaitre Chandresh Jammu,Jhiri Mela Jammu, Hiri Mela Jammu many more. The fairs are just a means to bring people together and to unite them. It is also a strong mechanism to promote the tourism of the state. Some of the popular fairs are:
Hence, from the time, the farmer died, this fair is being organized by the people of this village to pay homage to the sacrifice made by Jitu. This fair is not only a source of celebration for the local people, but provides great entertainment and festive mood to the tourists who visit this place. The village Jhiri is located at a distance of only 14 kilometress from Jammu.
Chaitre Chaudash Mela
The fair celebrates the important day of Maha Shivratri when Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati and is celebrated with great reverence by the locals and the visitors alike.
This popular fair is organized twice a year, one in the months of March-April while the other in the months of September-October. The fair is held within the premises of the temple and is a huge crowd puller of people from different parts of India.
Food and Craft Mela
With a hope of peace and brotherhood, devotees from either side swarm the Indo-Pak border for the annual ‘Chamliyal Mela’ and collect the holy ‘Sharbat’ (sweet water) and ‘Shakkar’ (soil) from the Dargah of the famous saint.
The people on both sides of the Indo-Pak border participate with great eagerness and zeal. The fair begins every June on its fourth Thursday.
The Border Security Force (BSF) for India and Chenab Rangers of Pakistan manage the annual fair and help people on both sides. They help in receiving the holy ‘Shakkar’ and ‘Sharbat’, which is believed to have medicinal properties to fight and cure many skin ailments.
It is customary affair in an annual basis during which in the Saidanwali village on the Pakistan side of the Zero Line, people organize a three-day fair and wait for ‘Shakkar’ and ‘Sharbat’ of Baba Chamliyal’s Dargah.
Saidawali village, is one of the main gathering point for the people from Pakistan in order to collect the Shakkar and Sharbat provided by the BSF officers and is located on the international border as they are not allowed to cross the border. Prior to the Indo-Pak war in 1971, Pakistani nationals were permitted to visit this side of the border, but now only Pakistani Rangers (border police) are authorized to participate in the festival, who offer Chaddar on behalf of the people of Pakistan.
Therefore, Jammu has a huge variety of fairs to offer to its locals and tourists and you should not miss any of the fairs if there is one going on during the time of your visit. By the dint of attending these fairs in person you will be able to obtain an insight to the richness of culture and tradition of the city of Jammu.