Agra district has many rural areas that are greatly influenced by the religious and sentimental attachment to the surrounding areas of Mathura and Vrindavan to Lord Krishna and Radha. Most of the fairs and festivals organized in the region are either temple festivals, religious festivals or cattle and village fairs based on Krishna's life such as Dauji ka mela, Kans lila, cattle fair Jat Devi, cattle fair Kund Mela, cattle fair Gwal Balba, Meta ki Puja Jat Devi, Holi Milap, Mata-ka-mela, Shitla Mela, Parikrama of Shivji, Kailash Mela, Janamashthmi, Dussehra, Kali-ka-mela, Ram lila, Urs Sufi Sahib and Bateshwar cattle fair. However, we have brought you the most famous of these fairs and festivals of the region.
Much famous and beloved cultural festival of Agra, Taj Mahotsav is
organized annually for ten days during February. Shilpgram (the Crafts
Village), the chosen venue for this fair is close to Taj. Here, one can
find extensive display of arts, crafts and culture of India along with
classical dance and song performances. 'Mushairas' and 'Ghazal'
programmes by the well-known Indian artists. Children love to ride on
camels and elephants in the vene while one can taste traditional Indian
delicacies at the luring stalls here. The colorful celebrations welcome
the Spring with a fiesta of Indian cuisine, dance and music, cultural
displays and exhibition of arts and crafts.
A brainchild of Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Taj Mahotsav is an event to lure
the tourists and acquaint them with the legendary skills of Indian
master craftsmen and the finesse of Indian fine arts. It also showcases
the rich heritage of India. It commences with a splendid Mughal-style
procession highlighting bedecked elephants, richly adorned camels,
drumbeaters and folk artists. Taj Mahotsav is best play to witness
marble inlay work, wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass wares from
Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, the blue pottery of Khurja, the
Chikan work of Lucknow and the silks of Banares, all at one place. The
Crafts Fair and the Food Festival of Taj Mahotsav have their own charm.
The folk dances such as Dundelkhand and 'Nautanki' of Uttar Pradesh,
'Sapera' dance of Rajasthan, the dance of snake charmers and Lavani of
Maharashtra have always captured the attention of tourists.
Bateshwar is just 70 km from Agra and is names so after the presiding
deity of the region, Bateshwar Mahadeo. It is an important spiritual and
cultural centre boasting of 108 temples of the various gods and
goddesses of Hindus. Bateshwar Fair is organized here annually during
the months of October or November in the honor of Lord Shiva for a
month. Thousands of devotees visit the venue to take holy dips in River
Yamuna and participate in the Livestock and Cattle Fair, which is famous
in the nearby areas.
The special marriage procession of Sri Ram, held annually at Agra, is
known as 'Rambarat' and precedes Dussehra. It is a part of 'Ramlila',
the staging of life of Rama that ends with killing of Ravana, on the day
of Dussehra. Its specialty lies in the beautiful 'jhankis' of the
deities and the special set of the palace arranged at the chosen venue
as 'Janakpuri', the palace of Raja Janak who was the father of Goddess
Sita. A major fair is organized in the locality and thousands of people
visit the venue to see the fair and attend the elaborate royal wedding
of the divine deities. The procession starts from Lala Channomalji Ki
Baradari for the Janakpuri venue and passes through different parts of
the town. Special chariot covered with silver leaves is used as the
mount of Ram while his brothers mount the elephants. The elaborate and
heavy headgears look stunning. Teenaged boys play the female characters
of the drama.
Held at Kailash temple in the honor of Lord Shiva, 12 km from Agra,
Kailash fair is celebrated to commemorate the appearance of Lord Shiva
in the form of a stone lingam here in the monsoon months of August and
September. The major fair attracts devotees from all the nearby areas.
Fairs & Festivals in Agra reflect the cultural ethos of Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal.