Kumarsain Fair (Jatar) – Spiritual Fervor Mixes With Ancient Beliefs

Koteshwar Mahadev Kumarsain


Koteshwar Mahadev is one of the adored deity of Kumarsain & nearby area. According to legends deity has driven from Mahadev Kedarnath in Uttaranchal. Koteshwar Mahadev Temple is located in village Mandoli of Kumarsain. Koteshwar is one of the avtara of Lord Shiva. According to local people Mahadev come out of the temple only once in four years and a great fair takes place.

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Koteshwar Mahadev doesn’t comes out of the temple quite often as rest of the God comes of surrounding area .He comes only once in four year .Great fair takes place deity comes out in palanquin . Deity  is decorated with garlands of scented flowers and of coins, various ornaments, golden crown and with a gold umbrella. Under this main idol, lined up are other various idol of same Koteshwar Mahadev. One can easily judge the peace, happiness and eternal satisfaction on the face of Devta (Deity). It seems that people who are carrying the palanquin planning themselves, it but it is said that Devta himself who drives the palanquin.

Four /God will start this fair Marechh, Malandu, Koteshwar (Naya Devta, Budda Devta). All the four palanquins will be moving all around the fairground which will be filled more than capacity with humble devotees of Koteshwar Mahadev. People of every caste, age and sex were present and glorifying the fair. Young and old residents of Kumarsain comes before palanquins to carry them and  feel  lucky to get a chance even for few seconds watching the entire proceedings with devotion, excitement and curiosity. The festivity enhances with grey clouds and then rain.


Koteshwar Mahadev who is believed to be scared soul blessed by Lord Shiva himself and one is considered King of the area of Kumarsain, a small town around seventy five kilometers up north from Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh. For the devotees, this Deity is not some “God” but just like their beloved family member for whom they have extreme love and respect and the one who have blessings of God to fulfill their big or small requirement or to erase their day to day problems. For them this Deity is in constant touch with its people either by dreams or through his ‘Gur” the main priest.

The occasion was the local festival which comes after every four years when Koteshwar Mahadev would meet his other loving deities, Marechh and Malendu Devtaa. A great fair is held here in months of August and September and thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva come here to worship him. Kumarsain Jatar is of 9 days, 5days in kumarsain and 4 days in mandoli. First day, in morning 4am, kotshwar mahadev and marich devta are taken out from sharkot and then they are taken to their Temples, Koteshwar Mahadev to Mandoli & Marich to Bai Temple. In Evening Koteshwar Devta and Buda Devta goes to Shrambal Camp , because it is the main place from where the koteshwar devta g are found. Next day, Koteshwar mahadev and budda devta g meet Marich Devta. Third day Malandi Devta g join fair. On 6 Day all devta g move to madholi.


In Last two days, Marich and Malendi devta took fairwell from Koteshwar Devta g. Just like young kids those departing Devtaa were so reluctant to leave that their palanquins would not let its bearers take the exit route even when Koteshwar Mahadev himself was waiting at the end of road to see them off.

Only the interruption of oldest ‘Gur’ made them ready to leave for another four years. The festival ended with the ‘Nati’ (local dance) by the people of Kumarsain. The charm on the faces of idols of Devtaa seems faded a bit cause of this departing.


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