The Taj Mahotsav or festival is one of the most awaited and popular event of the city of Agra. Scheduled for February 18-27 every year, the fair is an attempt to showcase the product of artisans, cultural troupes, and theatrics of Agra and neighbouring regions.
Taj Festival–Showcase of Art and Culture
Sponsored by the department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahotsav is an annual fair which attracts huge crowd from the city, tourists and visitors. Usually, about 400 artisans from different parts of the country, and majority from the Agra and neighbouring places are provided with stalls to showcase their artware etc.
Established as an extravaganza of art and culture, this show was started on a modest level in the year 1990. Various folk arists, cultural groups and artists, presentations and competition among inter-college competion is an unique feature of the festival. A regular huge dais is prepared for performing artists. Few big names of entertainment industry also performs in the events.
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People in the festival look for marblewares, zardozi work, leather items as well as petha sweets of Agra. Similarly, artisans from Varansi sells their intricate designs of sarees and other clothes in silk. Some stalls from far-flug areas of West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir also put their designs for sale.
The festival gets a theme every year, different from the previous year, and is decorated with the philosophy behind the theme. This event is a ticketed one. The tickets can be had from the entry gates of the venue, on the pre-decided rates, which can change every year.
Bateshwar is a sub-division of Bah tehsil, which is about 70 kilometers away from Agra. It is such an ancient town that its name found mention during the Mauryan era i.e. 300 BC. The ancient town is known for its old historical temples near the bank of Yamuna. The Bateshwar Fair is also known as Cattle Fair, since a trading session of different type of cattles including horses, buffaloes etc. are held during the fair.
The fair also offers cultural programmes for visiting audience, which is basically rural-oriented. If you wish to see a glimpse of rural India in Agra, the Bateshwar Fair is the right place.
Kailash mela or fair is a month long carnival, organized to celebrate in honour of Lord Shiva. It is situate near the Kailash Temple, which is located at about 12 kilometers away from the main city. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself appeared here in disguise.
People believe that during the festival period whosoever will bow to the Shiva lingum in the temple, who will find his or her fulfills all their wishes. Long ques of devotees throng the area during the fair period.
Ram Barat Festivals at Agra
Ram Barat festivals at Agra is a part of Ramlila celebrations in Agra. It is celebrated on a grand level. The distinct feature of the fair is that every year, a different locality is chosen as a venue. It begins at the end of Navratras and ends at Dusshera, an indian festival which signifies the victory over evil force.
The history of Ram Barat is about 125 years old. Janak Mahal and other structures are built by the best craftsperson of the country. It is now considered as one of the biggest annual event of north India due to its huge level and attendance.The festivities last for three days there. On the first day of Ram Barat marriage procession is taken out . People from agra and adjoining districts and villages throng the areas to witness the grandiose of Barat.
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