Kumarsain Fair (Jatar)2017 August 25 – 2nd Sept – 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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Phag Fair – Celebrate the Arrival of Hindu New Year

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The principality of Basher (also known as Bushahar, Bushahar, Bushahr) was once among the largest of the twenty-eight Shimla Hill States under the administration of the British Raj keen to invest on regional and transcontinental trade and exploit Himalayan resources. It bordered on the north with Spiti, on the east with Tibet, on the south with Garhwal, and on the west with Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kumharsain, Kotgarh, and Kulu. Caught in the machinations of the British imperial enterprise, it was subjected to political cum-economic vicissitudes, acceding to the Indian Union in 1947. On the 8th March 1948, along with twenty other princely hill States of Punjab and Shimla, Bashahr signed an agreement which resulted in its inclusion in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh.

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Phag Festival
An annual Phag fair is organised to herald the New Year (Chaitra-Vaishakh) as per the Hindu almanac, by the residents of Rampur in Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh. This four day long festival aims to celebrate the arrival of Hindu New Year, in the last week of Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar. This is a historic fair, which we have been celebrating from a long time.  Phag is derived from the Sanskrit word Phalgun or Fagun. The Phag festival showcases the cultural heritage of Himachalis (the residents of Himachal Pradesh). Seventeen deities from five districts; Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti, take part in the fair that is celebrated with much devotion and cultural display.

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History of Phag Festival
Bushar dynasty was founded by ‘Pradhuman’, the son of Lord Krishna.In order to marry of Banasur daughter, the local chief of Shonitpur (Sarahan), Pradhuman have come to that place. He had an encounter with Banasur in which Banasur succumbs to his death. Pradhuman became the chief of Bushar and Kinnaur regions, since Banasur had no son.

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Rampur was once the capital of Bushar State and Situated on the banks of the River Satluj.Phag fair dates back to Bushar dynasty centuries ago when the a lot of shepherds used to come to the gates of the palace’s along with their herds of sheep. And, the King used to host a fair for them.

Furing this festival farmers come in large groups to Rampur, carrying local deities on their heads or in religious processions.

 

Kinnaur’s Phulaich Fair – Festival of Flowers(Ukhyang)

Kinnaur, The Devbhoomi (Land of Gods), disrtict of Himachal which has been bestowed by God with the divine beauty. The land of Kinnaur is located in the lap of the Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges. The mighty Sutlej and Baspa rivers flow through its rugged terrain. Most of the Kinnaur region has beautiful architecture, where we see amazing wooden houses which last for hundreds of years and a very good option for the folks who have to spend most of the year in snow or chilly weather.  Their temples and monasteries have beautiful work of art made from devdar wood carvings.
It is one of the most pristine, and untouched areas of India. Located in the east of Himachal Pradesh, it is on the must-visit list of every traveler in the world.

Phulaich Fair
The Phulaich is a famous festival of beautiful Himachal Pradesh. In the month of September the gets prepared for a grand celebration.

Himachal Pradesh Ookayand and Ukyam are the other names of the Phulaich festival. The 16th day of the Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapada’ marks the striking beginning of the Phulaich festival. Natives of the stunning and mesmerizing land call it the festival of flowers. This is the festive season when the whole valley is adorned with dotted flowers.

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This exciting and lively festival is also celebrated to commemorate them who have left the world. Wine, rice and foods are offered to the deceased people. Foods are given to the poor people later. The festive moods are prominent on each and every villager. Holiday makers and tourists throng the place during the Festival and also participate in various events.

After this foremost ritual, Natives assemble together to visit the Dhangaspa family house to pay tributes to the family members. Drums are played and bugles are blown in order to greet and salute the heroic team that climbed up the hill top to accumulate the flowers. Villagers carry war weapons to depict and display the ancient war scenes while they perform during the Phulaich fair.

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A procession, surrounded by gold and silver idols of the deities, is an attraction which can be seen on 20th of the month. The villagers dance and celebrate the festival under the trees during the festival days. They are dressed up in colorful attires. All the deities are brought back to their original abode (temple) on 23rd day of the Bhadrapada. Goat and lamb sacrifices are quite common. This marks the end of the eventful festival.

History of Phulaich Fair

On the particular day (16th day of the Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapada’), ten Rajputs (Belong to warrior family), went uphill to pick some of the wonderful and impressive flowers.

They had spent the whole day and the next day as well on the beautiful hill of colorful flowers. The batch of Rajputs came back with the assortments of flowers and fragrance. The sweet aroma was really charming. People who were experiencing the smell for the very first time felt giddy and excited. Village dwellers, who visited the forests which were famous for these sweet and aromatic flowers, fell in love with the mesmerizing place and the fragrance of the blooming flowers around. The cosmos around was fascinating and had the power to engross the mind and soul. All the inhabitants dance and celebrate the 18th night with charismatic music beneath the deodar trees. This fastidious festival of Himachal Pradesh continues for a week.

The returns of the villagers were celebrated as Phulaich festival. The varieties and wonders of the flourishing wild flowers are the prime charm and highlight of the festival.