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LocationChamba, Himachal Pradesh
The town of Chamba is a small place in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The town is said to be situated in the banks of the river Ravi. The town has various temples and palaces and is also famous for hosting two of the most popular fairs called the Suhi Mata Mela and the Minjar Mela. These fairs last for a long time, and the people indulge in music and dance along. Not only that but the place is also known for the art and craft there especially the Pahari paintings and also the handicrafts and textiles. The paintings were originated in the hill kingdoms during the 17th and the 19th century.
The most popular festival of Chamba is considered to be the Minjar Fair. This fair is an attraction for many people and is attended by a lot of people from all around the country. During the Shravan month, the festival is celebrated on the second Sunday of the month. Minjar is actually a silk tassel that is worn by both the men and the women of the place. The commencement of the festival is done with the distribution of these Minjar tassels. The tassels are symbolically significant and represent the shoots of paddy and maize that are grown during this time of the year. Before the commencement of the festival, the Minjar flag is hoisted in the historical place Chowgan. This flag hoisting will mark the beginning of the festival.
During the festival the people celebrating turn up in the best of the attires. There are various sport and cultural programs as well that are organized during the festival. On the third Sunday starts the procession of the deities that are accompanied by wonderful dancing groups that wear their traditional clothes. They are also accompanied by the traditional drum beaters along with the Police and Home guard bands. This procession is when the festival meets its absolute glory. The procession begins at the Akhand Chandi Palace near the Police Lines Nalhora.
Earlier, the king used to throw a coconut, a rupee a seasonal fruit and a Minjar tied up in a red piece of cloth as an offering known as the Lohan into the river. But now this offering is made by the chief guests at the festival. After the offering is made by the chief guest, the people also follow pursuit and throw their offerings into the river as well. During the festival, you can witness the local artists singing the traditional Kumjari Malhar. The invitees are offered betel and ittar leaves as a sign of welcome and showing respect. The minjar fair is declared to be one of the most famous and popular state fairs of Himachal Pradesh and the fair receives a lot of coverage from the media which is print as well as television. This fair in Chamba is usually celebrated in the month of July or August.
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