The famous Kaila Devi fair held in shrine of Kaila Devi every year. The temple is situated on the banks of the Kalisil River in Karauli district of Rajasthan on the Trikut hills, 2 km from Kaila village. Kaila Devi is also well known as Lahura. In medieval times Karauli rulers believe that Kaila Devi protects their state from any kind of invasion.
Kaila Devi fair is held in hindu month ‘Chaitra’ which happens to be in March or April. This fair is to honor Kaila Devi, who is believed to be a form of Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Chamunda, the goddess of death.
Kaila devi is worshipped as the guardian deity by the Yadavas, the Khinchis, and the princess of Karauli. Another major attraction abot Kaila Devi is a small temple of Bhairon and Lord ‘Hanuman’ which is also called ‘Languriya’ are facing the Kaila Devi’s shrine in the courtyard of Kaila Devi temple.
With over 2 lakh pilgrims visits the Kaila Devi fair even from far states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi and Haryana, this fair is a major one in Rajasthan. Groups of Meena tribesmen make this fair very lively by their songs and dance in the courtyard.
Kaila Devi devotees offer cash, coconuts, kajal (kohl), tikki (vermilion), sweets and bangles to the goddess. The ritual of Kanak-Dandotis is observed by staunch devotees. They cover a distance of 15 to 20 Kms to reach the temple, not on foot but by lying prostrate, making lines with their hands in that position, advancing up to the line drawn and repeating this procedure till they reach the temple.
Kaila Devi Fair will be celebrates this year on 28 March 2013.
Kaila Devi temple is located at just 23 km from Karauli town on the bank of Kalisil river.Karauli is situated at 114 kilometres west from Agra and 158 kilometres from the city of Jaipur.