Jhanda Fair is held every year at the historic Guru Ram Rai Darbar in Dehradun city in the sacred memory of the Guru. The fair begins with putting up a new Jhanda (flag) on the staff located in the compound of the historic complex. Besides local people, a large number of devotees turn up from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, U.P. and Himachal Pradesh etc..
This fair is held at the Jhanda ground in cantonment area of Chakrata block of the Dehradun district. It is about 3 km from Chakrata. The fair reflects cultural heritage and tradition of Jaunsari tribe. A large number of people turn up in this fair from nearby Tehri, Uttarkashi and Saharanpur districts. The fair marks harvesting season in the area and reflects the happiness of the local people.
Tapakeshwar is a legendary place located on the eastern bank of the river Tons. Lord Shiva is the reigning deity of the ancient temple located here in a cave. In the Skandapurana, this place has been referred to as Deveshwara. It is believed that during Dwaparyuga, this place was abode of Guru Dronacharaya who lived here with his family. Since then, the cave was known as Drona Gufa. One of the famous heroes of Mahabharata and son of Guru Drona, Ashwathama was born here. When Ashwathama was very young, the poor father could not find any milk for him. The Guru was too poor to afford a cow. It was a matter of worry to the great master. One day, when young Ashwathama was crying for milk, the helpless Guru advised him to pray and worship Lord Shiva, who would bless him with milk. Ashwathama did so. Pleased with the young boy's tough penance, Lord Shiva appeared before him in the garb of Brahmin and enquired about his wish. Little Ashwathama asked for milk. Lord Shiva blessed him and said that milk would be made available here. Ashwathama found milk falling on the Shivalinga, drop by drop. Ashwathama had prayed to the Lord by the name of Tapakeshwar and hence the place was known by the same name. A big fair takes place here on the shivratri day. Thousands of devotees congregate at this place on the day to offer prayers. Tapakeshwar is approachable from Dehradun by city bus or three wheelers. It is about 5 km from the bus-stand and 5.5 km from the railway station.
Lakshman siddha is one of four siddhpeeths around Dehradun. It has immense religious importance. It is about 10 km away on Dehradun-Rishikesh road. It can be easily approached by city bus or three wheelers and is located about 1 km off the road inside jungle. It is mainly local religious fair held every sunday, but last sunday of April has special significance, when people turn up in very large numbers and congregation of 20-25 thousand people can be seen offering obeisance to the samadhi here.
Mahasu Devta's fair is held at Hanol which is about 120 km on the Chakrata Tyuni road. The fair takes place in August every year, when Mahasu Devta (deity) is taken out in a procession. Musical prayers continue for three days and night. The havan samagri (offering material) is arranged by the Government of India. This is a local fair of Jaunsari tribe. Thousands of participants throng the place on the occasion from the adjacent Tehri, Uttarkashi and Saharanpur districts.
This fair is held at Ramtal in Nagau Gram Sabha of Chakrata tehsil in Dehradun district. Ramtal is a beautiful natural tank of about 30 m length and 30 m width, located on a hill and is connected with a 700 m long motor able road. The tank is surrounded by a green ground which is the venue of fair. Every year during navratras (April) a big fair is held here. A temple and a memorial dedicated to the freedom fighter Veer Kesri Chandra is located at this spot.
This village fair is held during Sept.-Oct. and is very popular in the neighbouring area of Chakrata, 78 km from Mussoorie. The fair reflects the Garhwali tribes. Activities include cultural programmes and sports competitions.
The temple of Hanol in Chakrata, 78 km from Mussoorie is the venue of an exotic fair. The hill dwellers of the state gather in October to worship in all their finery. This is an opportunity to exchange message, purchase wares from various merchants and to celebrate with friends and relatives before the onset of harsh winters.
Situated at a height of 1675 m on a hill above Swarg Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev is one of the most revered temples of Rishikesh. According to a legend, after the great 'Sagar Manthan', the churning of the sea, by Gods and demons, Lord Shiva drank all the effluent venom that turned up from the manthan. The poison turned his throat blue and hence the name Neelkanth (blue throat). An important fair is held in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad (July / August) when a visit to the temple is considered auspicious.
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|Local Transport Services :||Private bus services, tempos (vikrams), auto rickshaws, tongas, cycle-rickshaws and taxis.|
|Jhanda Fair||Tapkeshwar Fair|
|Lakshman Siddha Fair||Bissu Fair|
|Mahasu Devta's Fair||Shaheed Veer Kesri Chand Fair (Chakrata Fair)|
|Lakhawar Fair||Hanol Mela, Chakrata|
|Neelkanth Mahadev Mela|