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Kailadevi Fair
 

Straggling over an area of 5530 sq. km. Karauli in Rajasthan boasts of light red sandstones. IT is held in great reverence as a holy place. Its rural beauty impresses tourists to no end. Besides, the culture, the fairs and festivals of this town also attract them immensely. Of the numerous fairs and festivals the one that is celebrated on an expansive scale is the Kailadevi Fair, Karauli. The Kailadevi Fair in Karauli is basically a socio-cultural event. In this fair people offer prayers to the temple consecrated to Devi Kaila who holds huge importance in the lives of the local people here.

To celebrate Kailadevi Fair people flock to the Kaila Devi temple. This temple is situated on the banks of the Kalisil River and is about 2 km from the north west of the Kaila Village. To mark the festivities of this fair around 2 lakh staunch devotees gather and perform the Kanak-Dandotis one of the famous rituals with absolute dedication. To perform this ritual, devotees need to follow rigorous process. They have to cover 15 to 20 km distance by lying flat and forming lines with their hands in that position. They can not cover this distance on foot. Only scrawling is allowed. This practice is repeated till the devotees reach their destination.

There are few devotees who do not take any break while performing this arduous ritual in Kailadevi Fair, Karauli. However there are some who punctuate their journey with casual breaks and take food and drinks. Later they take a different course of action by performing music and dance in the exquisite courtyard of the temple. They sing praise songs for deity.

 

The Kailadevi Fair in Karauli is celebrated in the month of Chaitra which in English calendar comprises March to April months. The fair is celebrated for a period of fortnight.

Those who want to witness Karauli's Kailadevi Fair they can board a train to Hindaun which is at a distance of about 48 Km. There is other railhead at Shri Mahavirji. This apart, this temple can also be reached by roads from Karauli, Hindaun and Mahavirji. Besides, apt bus services are also provided by the State Transport to make traveling an easy task for the pilgrims.


 
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