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The Shamlaji Melo, also called the Kartik Purnima fair is held in the month of November every year and lasts for about two weeks. The Shamlaji Temple is a renowned Vaishnav Shrine and the deity housed here is known by various names included Gadadhar (bearer of the mace) and Shaksi Gopal. The temple is of great archaeological significance as it was built in the 11th century..

Devotees belonging to various castes and communities including the Garasias and Bhils throng this festival. Apart from a darshan of the deity in the temple, the pilgrims consider a bath in the river Meshwo essential. These pilgrims come in groups, singing devotional songs and carry religious banners to have an audience of the deity at the Shamlaji Temple. The fair is also popular with the Bhil tribes, who have great reverence for Shamlaji, referred as ‘Kalio Bavji’ – the dark divinity. The Shamlaji mela is famous for the bath in the Nagdhara kund and the centuries old traditions.

Those who visit Shamlaji Melo of Gujarat, must also pay a visit to River Meshwo to take a bath because the water of this river is considered to be holy. The Shamlaji Melo at Gujarat offers you a vivid and colorful picture of Gujarat’s cultural heritage. You get to see the true secular India here where people from every religion participate.

As a memory of your visit to the Shamlaji Melo of Gujarat, you can buy some handicrafts on sale. You also get to learn a lot about the religious beliefs and culture of the local tribes of Gujarat through the Shamlaji Melo. The place is so well connected with roads, that you would not face any problem in visiting the Shamlaji Melo in Gujarat.


mostly in the Month of November.


In Gujarat, Shamlaji fair is celebrated with great joy. In Sabarkantha district that lies near border of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Shamlaji village is situated. In this Shamlaji village this fair is celebrated with great pomp and show. One can easily visit this place as it is connected with National highway 8. Tourists can make their trip more accessible by traveling through state buses or local and regular buses. Also Ahmedabad lays 122kms far whereas Himmatnagar is also situated near to this village at a distance of 32kms. Arrivals can even visit at the nearest railway head and from there can hire cabs, taxis or jeeps that provide economic transportations.


Shamlaji Temple, Gujarat.



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Disclaimer: You are requested to check the exact dates with Gujarat Tourism Online office before finalising your travel plans for this festival.

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