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Baneshwar Mahadev Fair

The name Baneshwar is derivative from the honored Shiva Linga, it is an important festival in India and held in Dungarpur, Rajasthan. "Baneshwar" means the 'master of the delta' in the local Vagdi language and this name was given to Shiva Linga. The Baneshwar fair is take place at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, starting from Magh Shukla Ekadashi till Magh Shukla Poornima during Shivratri in the month of January and February.

The Baneshwar fair, in its present form is actually a combination of two fairs: one which used to be held in respect of Baneshwar Mahadev (known as Lord Shiva) and other fair which started after the assemble of the Vishnu temple by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji, a highly respected saint considered to be an personification of Lord Vishnu.

The Baneshwar fair is mainly a tribal fair with more than half of the worshippers consisting of Bhils. They respect Baneshwar Mahadev. The common gathering is from the Districts of Dungarpur, Banswara and Udaipur.

The temple of Baneshwar Mahadev open from in the morning 5.00 a.m. till evening 11.00 p.m. during the fair only. In the morning Shiva Linga take bath and wear saffron , later an aarti of burning incense is waved. In the evening time bhabhut (ash) is applied to the Linga and an aarti with a fine-wick lamp would wave. Devotees offer pulses, wheat, rice, ghee, jaggery, salt, coconut, chillies, and cash.

The Bhils attending Baneshwar Fair with traditional local folk songs sitting around a bonfire at every evening. Villagers are also invited to take participate in the programe to make it more enjoyable. The fair resounds with the jollity of songs, folk dances, animal shows, magic shows, and acrobatic feats.