Wednesday, July 23

Festival in Haryana

Baisakhi at Pinjore


Baisakhi at Pinjore Baisakhi is one of the most popular festivals of Northwest India that is celebrated on a large scale particularly in the states of Punjab and Haryana. As such, Baisakhi at Pinjore, a small town in Haryana, is a grand event that is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety among the locals as well as visitors from across the country.

Baisakhi festival in Pinjore, Haryana is celebrated to mark the start of the wheat harvest season. The festival falls on 13th April every year and is also observed as the first day of the New Year as per the traditional Vikrami calendar in India. Baisakhi is celebrated to welcome the arrival of that time of the year when the farmers prepare for the harvesting of wheat.

Another reason for the celebration of Baisakhi is that the day also marks the anniversary of the founding of “Khalsa Panth” among the Sikh community and therefore, the festival is grandly celebrated in the state of Punjab. However, Baisakhi at Pinjore is an equally frolicsome occasion when people adorn themselves with the best of apparels and jewelry, visit temples and gurudwaras to offer prayers and feast with loved ones. Another popular feature of the festival of Baisakhi in Pinjore is the performance of folk dances by men and women that is a must-watch.

Pinjore Gardens, also known by the name of Yadavindra Gardens, are located in the town of Pinjore, Haryana, around 20 km from the capital city of Chandigarh in Punjab. The lush green gardens serve as a perfect excursion site from Chandigarh and sprawl over an area of about 100 acres. Pinjore Gardens are also the venue for the annual Mango Festival as well as the festival of Baisakhi that is celebrated with much fervor here every year. In fact, the Baisakhi at Pinjore is one of the most popular fairs and festivals in Haryana and is a much sought-after occasion for locals and visitors alike.

Do make sure to be a part of this most enjoyable Baisakhi Festival at Pinjore during your tours to Haryana.

Kurukshetra Festival

Introduction to Kurukshetra Festival in Haryana

Haryana actively participates in a number of fairs and festivals that take place all over India. In fact, the state of Haryana itself is home to some of the most colorful festivals of India. The Kurukshetra Festival in Haryana is one such festival that is celebrated by both religious and non religious people. Kurukshetra, named after the renowned sage king Kuru was also the site of the Epic battle of the Mahabharata. It was here that here was a memorable conversation that took place between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, which was later written down in the holy book of the Hindus, Bhagwad Gita. The Kurukshetra Festival in Haryana takes place to mark the Gita Jayanati, or the day the Bhagwad Gita was born. It is during this time hat people visit the holy site of Kurukshetra to gain a spiritual experience.

Description of Kurukshetra Festival in Haryana

During the Kurukshetra Festival in Haryana, the pilgrims all gather to take a holy dip in the Brahma Sarovar and the Sannehit Sarovar, the waters of which are considered sacred. There are religious men telling stories from the Bhagwad Gita, the holy book of the Hindus, recital of religious shlokas as well as other celebrations such as dance and drama performances and the ‘Deep Daan’ at the Brahma Sarovar which are all a part of the religious festivities of the Kurukshetra Festival. There are also free medical camps, exhibition of books and classical Bhajan and recital programs are organized.

Time for celebrating Kurukshetra Festival in Haryana

The Kurukshetra Festival in Haryana takes place in the month of November/December.

Mango Festival

Introduction to Mango Festival in Haryana

Summers can never be complete without a good feast on delicious mangoes. The people of Haryana know it well and the Mango Festival in Haryana is a testimony to that. It takes place at the Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore. This place is about 20 kilometers from Chandigarh. The main idea behind the Mango Festival in Haryana is to enhance and highlight the tremendous popularity of the mangoes.

Description of Mango Festival in Haryana

During the Mango Festival in Haryana, many different varieties of mangoes from all over India, from states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana and also from states like Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. There is also a competition held between mango growers from all over the country who enter their prized fruits at the competition during the Mango Festival. The visitors at the Mango Festival get the chance to taste all the different and traditional varieties of these summer fruits during this festival in Haryana. Along with the mangoes, there are also the latest hybrid fruits from the different agricultural universities.

Various companies from the agro industry and those companies in the food industry that process mangoes come and display their products at the Mango Festival. These products include different kinds of jam, pickles and canned fruits. The stalls exhibiting and selling mangoes also have cultural programs and functions which are a part of the Mango Festival. There are also competitions held between preserved fruits, food and other products of mangoes. The Mango Festival in total also reflects the enriching cultural extravaganza of Haryana.

Time for celebrating Mango Festival in Haryana

The Mango Festival in Haryana takes place in the months of June or July.

Mahabharata Festival

Introduction to Mahabharata Festival in Haryana

It is at Kurukshetra that the epic battle of the Mahabharata took place. It also marks the holy venue where Lord Krishna and Arjuna had the enlightening conversation between them that led to the birth of the Bhagwad Gita, the holy book of the Hindus.

The Mahabharata Festival is held every year at the Kurukshetra in Haryana, to commemorate this day. It is celebrated with a number of events and celebrations and is one of the most popular of the Haryana Festivals. Though the time for celebrating the Mahabharata Festival almost coincides with the celebrations for the Gita festival at the same place, the Mahabharata Festival in Haryana takes place on a much larger scale and will have wider participation.

Description of Mahabharata Festival in Haryana

During the Mahabharata Festival, there are a number of events that are held. These include recitation of the Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, whereby homage is paid to the Epic Mahabharata and Lord Krishna. A number of seminars and interesting discussions are also held during this festival. A number of scholars and specialists participate in the enlightening conversations and analyses of the Gita.

A number of theatre groups also participate in the festival to add more zeal to the Mahabharata Festival at the Kurukshetra. There are also other cultural events such as Bhajan recitals, the ‘beautiful ‘Aarti’. And the ‘Deep Dan’ that happens at the Brahma Sarovar holy water tank at Haryana. All of these events are memorable and a poignant experience for all participants.

The Mahabharata Festival in Haryana is thus essentially a cultural festival. There are striking classical and folk dances as well as troupes who come from all over the country and give brilliant performances based on the theme of the epic Mahabharata.

Time for celebrating Mahabharata Festival in Haryana

The Mahabharata Festival in Haryana is held during the month of December.

Sohna Car Rally

Ever since its inception in the year 1964, the Sohna Car Rally has evoked a nation wide interest. This festival of old cars has aroused so much of attention that people from all corners of the country come over to Gurgaon to witness it. The Vintage Car Rally winds its way starting at Delhi, then passing through Gurgaon and finally reaching Sohna.

Sohna lies on the Delhi Alwar highway. This hilly attraction commands a lovely view of the plains below. Beautiful bougainvillea trees and other flowery shrubs and plants enhance the beauty of the spot. Adequate accommodation facilities are available at Sohna so that the visitors do not face any difficulty if they consider staying back. Sohna attracts largest number of visitors during the Sohna Car Rally. It is in fact one of the most important events in and around Gurgaon. Haryana Tourism also takes great interest in this event.

The best part about the Sohna Car Rally is that it gives one the rare opportunity to see so many motoring glories of the past. All these old cars which stormed the roads at one point of time now vie with each other for the coveted honors. There is strong competition in every field right from restoration to maintenance to performance. Many trophies are kept to be distributed.

And even though there is a lot of thrill and excitement in seeing which vintage car finally emerges as the winner, the most lucrative aspect of the Sohna Car Rally is that you get to see all those cars about which you've so longed read in books but seldom have had the scope of beholding in front of your eyes. Right from the elegant Rolls Royce to the rougher and tougher Fords and Austins, all these old cars that you will get to see at the Sohna Car Rally are sure to entice the visitors with their classic charm.

Surajkund Crafts Mela

Surajkund Crafts Mela is one of the largest crafts fair in India that is held every year in the Surajkund district of Haryana. The fair is truly the most popular among all fairs and festivals in Haryana and attracts visitors in large numbers from all parts of the country. Even several tourists from the world over arrive at the Surajkund Crafts Mela every year to witness the glorious culture and heritage of India.

Surajkund Crafts Mela is an annual event that is organized on a large scale by Haryana Tourism from 1st to 15th February. The fair is aimed at bringing to light the enormous talent of artisans and craftsmen in India who display their exquisite handlooms and handicrafts before a large audience at the fair. Every product is artistically produced after much painstaking effort and is truly a masterpiece. At the Haryana Surajkund Crafts Fair, several small thatched roof platforms are specially provided to create an authentic rustic ambience. Under these thatched roofs, a large number of master craftsmen arriving from all parts of India gather to display their unique talent.

Even the prices are extremely affordable at the Surajkund Fair that makes shopping an absolute delight! You can shop for some beautiful mirror-embroidered stuff, delicate lace work, folk motifs on terracotta forms, metal and cane ware, shimmering bangles, soft silk apparels, toys and trinkets. After a long day of shopping at Surajkund Crafts Mela, you can enjoy some vivacious folk music and dance performances every evening at Natyashala, an open-air theater that is designed in the shape of a fan.

Haryana Crafts Fair is an effort to bring to the fore the hidden talent in India and to organize cultural events in Haryana on a wide-scale national level. The first Surajkund Crafts Mela was organized by Haryana Tourism in the year 1981 and ever since, the grand event is held annually. The fair takes place at Surajkund (8 km from South Delhi) that lies in the district of Faridabad, located on the Delhi – Agra National Highway. Surajkund Crafts Mela starts at 9:30 a.m. daily and closes at 5:30 p.m. during the fortnight-long event. Special transport also plies between Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad to facilitate tours to Surajkund Crafts Mela.

Kartik Cultural Festival

The credit for organizing the Kartik Cultural Festival in Gurgaon does not belong to any single organization. It is the result of the combined effort of Haryana Tourism and several other bodies chief amongst which were the Ministry of Tourism and Department of Culture, Government of India, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India, Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana, Development Commissioners Handlooms and Handicrafts, North Zone Cultural Center, North Central Cultural Center, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and Ballabgarh Development and Beautification Society.

The Nahar Singh Mahal was chosen upon as the venue for the Kartik Cultural Festival in Gurgaon. Named after Raja Nahar Singh, a young king who ascended the throne in the year 1739 during the reign of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zaffar, the palace was in a dilapidated condition until it was selected. The Government of Haryana took upon themselves the responsibility of restoring it to its former glory. Consequently a team of experts under the able guidance of Aman Nath and Francis Nacziarg beautified this palace.

The Kartik Cultural Festival in Gurgaon aims at promoting different martial arts and folk arts that were on the verge of extinction. They would have faded to oblivion but for this kind of an initiative. It is indeed very heartening to know that several traditional song and dance forms have either been revived or have received a new boost on account of this festival.

India's richness in the field of performing arts can very well be gauged on a visit to the Kartik Cultural Festival in Gurgaon. A visit to the Kartik Cultural Festival in Gurgaon gives one the splendid opportunity to witness performances of classical artistes. The singers and dancers also get a national platform to manifest their talents and they make full utilization of the given opportunity enthralling audience with their riveting performances.

Another added attraction of the Kartik Fair is that one gets to see this Mahal in Ballabgarh town which is an impressive example of remarkable architectural dexterity. Characterized by an elaborate cupola and minars, the palace brings to mind the grace and elegance one notices in the mahals of Bharatpur. Anyone is sure to be impressed by this magnificent structure. The programmes held at the Kartik Cultural Festival in Gurgaon will surely make a mark in your minds.

Gopal-Mochan Fair
In Ambala, the most famous fair is held at Gopal-Mochan near Bilaspur in Jagadhari tehsil. There is a sacred tank of the same name in the place. The legend is that once Lord Shiva while rescuing Saraswati, who was being pursued by Brahma, struck off the latter's head. A lock of hair was left in Shiva's hand and his body was blackened. For a long time Shiva was unable to cleanse himself. One night, when he was resting at a cow shed he overheard the conversation between a cow and her calf. The calf said he was going to kill his master, a Brahmin, to avoid being castrated. The cow tried to dissuade the calf from the sin, but the calf said, it knew of a tank where it could cleanse itself from the sin of killing a Brahmin. Shiva followed the calf the next day and saw it kill its master. The bodies of the cow and the calf where then blackened until they cleansed themselves by bathing in Gopal Mochan tank. Shiva followed their example and was like wise cleansed. Since then the water of Gopal-Mochan have retained their virtue. It is considered by many to be more efficacious than the waters of the Ganges at Hardwar. The Rin Mochan is another water tank situated close to the Gopal-Mochan. A big fair is held in the village in the month of Kartik.
Masani Fair
Haryana's most famous fair is held in honour of the goddess of small-pox, Masani whose temple is in Gurgaon village. There is a legend about this temple.
There was a shrine, sacred to the goddess Devi, locally known as Masani at the village of Kesopur in the Delhi district. Some two hundred and fifty years ago according to tradition, the Goddess appeared in a dream to one Singha, a Jat of some influence and a resident at the village of Gurgaon. The Devi communicated to Singha that she wished to leave Kesopur and directed him to construct a shrine for her in his village. At the same time, she authorised the fortunate Singha to appropriate all the offerings at her shrine. The orders of the goddess were promptly carried out. The shrine was built and flourished, its fame spreading far and wide .
A visit to the shrine is an antidote for small-pox and women from great distances flock to it with their children to obtain this benefit. The greatest crowd is in April-May but all the year around steady stream of people flows, Monday being the favourite day. Singha and his heirs enjoyed the offerings for two hundred years.
Basdoda Fair
At the village of Basdoda in Rewari tehsil there is an ancient temple of Bhaironji. A fair is held on Chatsudi 11th, and the two following days. For this, people come from as far as Delhi and Agra.
The Kartik Fair
The Kartik Cultural Festival of Haryana is the result of the consolidated effort of Haryana Tourism working with a number of allied agencies. The Kartik Cultural Festival was planned with the express view of promoting fort ambience, martial arts and the rich repertoire of both classical Indian music and dance, matching it with an equally rich variety of folk theatre. The festival had given new life to dying folk arts, martial arts and worked to bring traditional folk dances and music to the national stage. The Kartik Cultural Festival was held at the Nahar Singh Mahal that lies in Ballabgarh town. The fort, the venue of the festival was built by the forefathers of Raja Nahar Singh around 1739 A.D. Raja Nahar Singh after whom the palace is named ascended the throne in 1829 A.D. The Raja was a young king of the empire of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zaffar. He gave up his life fighting for the cause of the ruler in the country's First War of Independence in 1847. The Palace of Nahar Singh was identified for beautification by the Government of Haryana and restored to its original glory by a well known team of experts of Francis Nacziarg and Aman Nath who worked on many such restoration projects. The Mahal is an out-standing specimen of architectural design. The Palace was decorated with an elaborate cupola and minars. In pattern, the palace carries a reflection of the finesse of the mahals of Bharatpur.