Baneshwar Fair, Dungarpur

A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of tribals from the neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva.
Baneshwar Fair, Dungarpur  
Baneshwar means the master of the delta and this name was given to the Shiva linga. The Baneshwar fair is a five-day religious tribal fair held at a delta formed by the rivers Som, Mahi and Jakham in the months of January-February. Prayers are offered to Lord Shiva locally named as Baneshwar.
People of the Bhil tribes, gather in large numbers at Baneshwar (Dungarpur) from the districts of Dungarpur. Udaipur and Banswara to worship their God, Baneshwar Mahadev, another name for Lord Shiva.
The temple of Baneshwar Mahadev remains open from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. during the fair.
The priest called the Mathadhish, arrives at the fair site from sabla, in a huge procession. The river water supposedly becomes holier when the Mathadhish takes a bath. Hence people bathe along with him in the river.
Baneshwar Fair, Dungarpur  
In the morning, saffron is applied to the Shiva Linga after it is bathed and an aarti of burning incense is waved before Baneshwar Fair Tour it.
In evening, bhabhut (ash) is applied to the Linga and an aarti with a fine-wick lamp is waved. Devotees offer wheat flour, pulses, rice, jaggery, ghee, salt, chillies, coconut and cash.
At night the Bhils sing traditional folk songs in high pitched voices sitting around a bonfire. The entire place resounds with melodious songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic feats. Adding of the excitement are the joy rides on merry-go-rounds and swings.

The fair resounds with the gaiety of traditional folk songs, folk dances, Raslila, animal show, magic shows acrobatic feats.