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Vautha no melo and the legends behold the traditions.

The magnificent Vautha Fair is held every year at Vautha, where two rivers, the Sabarmati and the Vatrak meet. Like most fair sites in India, this also has both mythological and contemporary religious associations.

The Vautha Mela site is 3 square miles in area. Legends hold that Kartik Swami or Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva, visited the site. This is why the fair is held during Kartika Purnima, the full moon night of the month of Kartik, corresponding with November. The site, also known as Saptasangam, is at the confluence of seven rivers. The most important Shiva temple here is the temple of Siddhanath.

What is most significant about this fair is that it is the only major animal trading fair in Gujarat and is on par with the famous camel fair at Pushkar, Rajasthan. Donkey, cattle and herds of camel are brought to the site to be traded, at the confluence of seven tributaries of the river Sabarmati. However, most of the times, the only animals traded here are donkeys. About 4,000 donkeys are brought every year for sale, usually by ‘Banjara’ (gypsy) traders.
The donkeys are painted in an array of colours, and decorated to suit the occasion. Camels are also well decked up and sold on the sand dunes by the river shores.

On the day of the full moon night, pilgrims take dips in the holy river confluence give offerings and pray. Handicraft and food stalls with tented pastoral settlements come up during the fair. Kartika Poornima is also celebrated with a camel fair at Sidhpur, a religious fair at Somnath and a tribal fair at the historic temple of Shamlaji.

The pilgrims who visit Vautha during the fair are from several communities and include farmers, labourers and people belonging to several castes.

Over the years the Vautha fair has gained tremendous importance and popularity. Presently over 500000 visitors are seen participating in the fair over five days of the Fair. Many pastoral groups are seen participating in the fair especially the “Jath Vanjara” community. Initially the fair was only attended by Hindus; now Muslims are seen participating in large numbers.

WHEN

This fair is held during Kartika Purnima, the full moon night of the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar, corresponding roughly to the month of November. It lasts for five days.

HOW TO REACH

In month of November every year this Vautha fair is celebrated with great glory. Also in month of Kartik numerous pilgrims make plan for this region in order to participate in the fair. People from surrounding districts and even villagers of Nakantha and Bhal make plan to visit the Vautha village so that they can also participate in the event. One can also land at the nearest railway station at Ahmedabad and from there can travel by hiring cabs or taxis. This village supports well maintained roads and even various local and regular buses run all day and provide economic transportations. Not only Hindus but even Muslims and people of other castes and religion also make plan for Vautha fair.

WHERE

Vautha, Gujarat.

HISTORY

The Vautha Fair is the very big Animals fair held in Gujarat,india. which was involve wholesome some trading of the Camels or Donkeys and other animals.this festival grounds of Sangam Tirth.so it is considere by very auspicious or important by many communities. vautha fair festival to celebrated on the month Kartik of Hindu calendar. which falls on the November month and continues for 5 days.The Vautha ka Mela takes place near the confluence of seven rivers. The mela or fair is an important contributor to the rural economy of Gujarat. The fair is named after Vautha where the rivers Vatrak and Sabarmati meet.the fair holds of mythological as well as economical in importance to the state. The vautha fair grounds spread across 3 or 4 square miles of land. It is believed by the locals that Lord Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva had visited the place. This incident gave rise to the festivities of the mela. This place is the homeland of Saptarshi (Seven Sages). It is regarded as an auspicious spot with legendary significance.This place is the homeland of Saptarshi (Seven Sages). It is regarded as an auspicious spot with legendary significance .

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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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