Festivals & FairsBeing a highly spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. The following popular festivals in India will provide you with a truly memorable experience.
Salasar Balaji Fair
Salasar Balaji Fair is held at Salasar Balaji temple every year on Chaitra Poornima and Ashwin Poornima. The fair is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
Salasar Balaji temple is located in Salasar town in Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu. In 1754 AD, Maharaj Mohandas built this temple after getting inspired by a dream. It is believed that Mohandas had dreamt of Lord Hanuman and initiated the temple’s construction. His descendants, Ishwardas and Kaniram, later developed and renovated the temple and gave it a shape of the present day temple. The place is also known by the name of Salasar Dham.
Gogaji Maharaj Fair
Worshipped as the Snake God, Gogaji was a warrior hero of Churu. He is worshipped by both Hindu and Muslim communities.
According to mythological stories, Guru Gorakhnath gave a special Gugal fruit to Bachhal, mother of Gogaji. With the blessings of the Guru and the fruit, Bachhal gave birth to Gogaji and the name Gogaji was derived from the fruit’s name.
It is believed that Gogaji rescues his worshippers from snakes and hence, a large number of devotees worship Gogaji and pray for their safety and prosperity.
In Bhadra month every year, according to the Hindu calendar, Gogaji’s fair is organised in Churu. Devotees visit Gogaji’s temple to worship and pay homage to the idols of Gogaji. The fair lasts three days starting from the ninth day of Bhadrapad to the eleventh day of Bhadrapad.