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Fairs and Festivals of Uttar Pradesh

The cultural Diversity of the state and its vast area has generated many traditions enriched by assimilation and fusion of different foreign cultures that have come with rulers. The pluralist culture has many great traditions and cultural values that are not only worth watching but also worth preserving and making it sustain in age of waning values of human societies.

Important Mahotsav Places of Organization
Lucknow Mahotsav Lucknow
Baudh Mahotsav Kushinagar, Sravasti, Sankisa
Buddha Mahotsav Sarnath
Varanasi Utsav Varanasi
Sulh-i-kul Utsav Agra
Kannauj Utsav Kannauj
Taj Mahotsav Ram Barat Utsav
Prayag Mahotsav Allahabad
Triveni Mahotsav Allahabad
Kampil Utsav Farrukhabad
Sardhana Mahotsav Meerut
Lathmar Holikotsav Mathura
Bithur Ganga Mahotsav Kanpur
Ganga Mahotsav Varanasi
Yamuna Janmotsav Mathura
Kabir Utsav S.K.Nagar
Jhansi Mahotsav Jhansi
Saifai Mahotsav Saifai
Kajali Mahotsav Mahoba

Fairs :

Kumbh Mela : "Prayag in modern-day Allahabad is believed to be the most important pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Traditionally river confluences are regarded as auspicious places, but in Sangam, the significance of the confluence is most pious because here, the holy Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati meet to become one." According to legend, Vishnu was carrying a Kumbh (pot) of amrit (nectar), when a scuffle broke out and four drops were spilled. They fell to earth at the four Tirthas of Prayag, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. A tirtha is a place where the devout can cross from this finite world into divine celestial realms. The event is commemorated every three years by the Kumbh Mela, held at each tirtha in turn; the Sangam is known as Tirtharaj, the ‘King of Tirthas’ and the Kumbh at Prayag, held once every twelve years, is the greatest and holiest of all.

The >Maha Kumbh Mela is the largest religious congregation in India, attended by millions. The over a month-long fair is marked by the construction of a massive tented township, complete with cottages, huts, platforms, civic facilities, administrative and security measures. It is organized immaculately by the government, the local authorities and the police. The mela is especially renowned for the presence of an extraordinary array of religious ascetics - sadhus and mahants - enticed from remote hideaways in forests, mountains and caves. Once astrologers have determined the propitious bathing time or Kumbhayog, the first to hit the water are legions of Naga Sadhus or Naga Babas, who cover their naked bodies with ash, and wear hair in long dreadlocks. The sadhus, who see themselves as guardians of the faith, approach the confluence at the appointed time with all the pomp and bravado of a charging army. The most recent Maha Kumbh Mela was held in 2013 and the next is due in 2025.

Important Festivals or Mahotsav :

TAJ MAHOTSAV : Taj Mahotsav is one of the most grandly celebrated events in India which is organized annually at the historic city of Taj Festivals (Home of Taj). Ever since it was started in 1992, Taj Mahotsav has been organized by Uttar Pradesh Tourism every year with main aim of paying respect to the cultural heritage in State and also to encourage local artisans. Indeed, it is the best for all art and craft lovers as magnificent pieces of art and crafts are available here at the most affordable prices.

Key Elements of the Taj Mahotsav: : Taj Mahotsav has various elements that are point of attraction for tourists, they are:

Arts & Crafts : Here at Taj Mahotsav around 400 legendary artisans gets the opportunity of showcasing their work of art at grand level which includes wood/stone carvings from Tamil Nadu, Bamboo/cane work from North East India, Paper mash work from South India and Kashmir, the marble and zardozi work from Agra, wood carving from Saharanpur, brass wares from Moradabad, handmade carpets from Bhadohi, Pottery from Khurja, Chikan work from Lucknow, silk & zari work from Banaras, shawls & carpets from Kashmir/Gujarat and many more. Indeed, we could get to see true essence of Indian art and crafts all at one place here.

Katarnia Ghat :

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Uttar Pradesh At a Glance
  • Population:3,676,841
  • Area :1,535 sq.kms
  • Geo Location:North
  • Average Climate:5°C - 20°C
  • Best time to visit:October - March
  • STD Code:0542

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