Baneshwar Fair is a popular tribal fair held in Dungarpur district in Rajasthan state of India. The fair is held in the month of February at Baneshwar, which is a small delta formed by the river Soma away from Dungarpur. The temple is located at the delta formed by the river Soma. This is the festival of tribals and tribes from neighboring states like Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh attend this festival to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. The Baneshwar fair is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Purnima.
Baneshwar fair is not only popular for state Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have equal enthusiasm during this fair.
There are so many stalls and shops. these stalls and shops are specialized in selling handmade items or handicraft items made by the tribal groups.
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All those items which are available on this fair reflect the varied cultural attributions of the place.
Baneshwar Fair is the main attraction of dugnarpur, it includes shows with animals, magic, puppet dance, and folk songs.
Adding to the excitement are the joy rides on merry-go-rounds. On Magh Shukla Ekadashi, the priest which is called the Mathadhish, arrives at the fair site from Sabla, in a huge procession.
A 16 cms silver image of Mavji on horseback is also brought here.
The Bhils attending Baneshwar Fair sing traditional folk songs in high pitched voices sitting around a bonfire every night.
Cultural shows are arranged by youngsters of the clan. Groups of villagers are also invited to participate in the program.
The Baneshwar Mahadev temple remains open from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. during the Baneshwar fair. Devotees offer wheat flour, pulses, rice, jaggery, ghee, salt, chilies, coconut and cash.
At the temple. The fair resounds with the gaiety of songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows, and acrobatic feats.
Adding to the excitement are the joy rides on merry-go-rounds and swings. A large number of shops in the fair provides an opportunity for buying and selling of essential goods and fancy articles.