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Madhavpur mela

Date: 15 April 2022 Tags: Fairs

Issue

The Madhavpur Mela was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on April 10. The Prime Minister had also spoken about it in his monthly radio address.

 

Background

The Mela is one of the biggest in the country. It has seen high profile visits ranging from northeastern Chief Ministers to Union ministers.

 

Details

  • Madhavpur Mela takes place every year in Madhavpur village on the Porbandar coast of Gujarat, also known as Madhavpur Ghed.

  • The village has a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Rukmini, known as Madhavraiji temple, built in the 15th century.

  • The fair starts on Ram Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu calendar and ends on triyodashi or 13th day.

 

Mythology

  • The fair is a celebration of the event of marriage between Lord Krishna and Rukmini that took place 4000 years ago.

  • Lord Krishna’s kingdom was in Dwarka near Porbandar whereas Rukmini was the daughter of King Bhimak of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Lord Krishna abducted and brought Rukmini to his kingdom as she wanted to marry Krishna and not Shishupal.

  • The rituals take place for five days and are followed by the procession of the idols of Lord Krishna and Rukmini.

 

Significance

  • Madhavpur Mela is the only fair that is held in summer months. Till few years back, it was one among many fairs held in Gujarat.

  • The state and centre took over its organization in 2018 with an aim to highlight cultural connections of the Northeast with the western part of the country.

  • The government is using the fair as an opportunity to integrate the culture of the Northeast with that of the west.

 

Participation

Political leaders of northeastern states are invited to the fair along with art troupes and handicraft artisans.

 

Other famous fairs of Gujarat

 The Tarnetar fair in Surendranagar and the livestock fair of Vautha in Dholka are other famous fairs.