HPPSC Exam – HP GK – Fairs/Festivals of Himachal Pradesh
The Fairs/Festivals of Himachal Pradesh have educational, social and religious character. Fairs/Festivals of Himachal Pradesh are one of the hot topics in the HPPSC exams like HPAS, HPSSSB, Naib-tehsildar etc. This article gives you some of the important Fairs/Festivals of Himachal Pradesh and some facts about them like their location, and special features.
List of Famous Fairs/Festivals of Himachal Pradesh:
|Nalwari||Bilaspur||A Cattle fair. W.Goldstein started the idea of this fair.|
|Naina Devi||Bilaspur||At Naina Devi Temple|
|Minjar Fair||Chamba||Started by Raja Sahil Verman. Devotees offer Minjars(Maize flowers) to God Varuna at river Ravi|
|Suhi Fair||Bharmour||Exclusive fair for Women and Children. Celebrated to pay tribute to Rani Naina Devi|
|Phul Yatra||Pangi||In September-October|
|Manimahesh Yatra||Chamba||A pilgrimage to the sacred Manimahesh lake in Bharmaur. The yatra starts from the Lakshminarayan Temple in Chamba town|
|Shoolini Fair||Solan||A tribute to Shoolini mata|
|Sari Fair||Arki||This Fair is known for Bull Fighting|
|Nagini Fair||Nurpur||A religious fair|
|Kaleshwar fair||Kangra||celebrated on the Baisakhi day|
|Shivratri Fair||Kathgarh||Celebrated on the Shivratri day|
|Jwalamukhi Fair||Jawala ji||During Navratras|
|Shivratri Fair||Mandi||Started by Raja Ajbar Sen|
|Chaichu Fair||Pandoh||Begins on 13th April every year|
|Tseeshu Fair||Mandi||It is a Buddhist Festival to celebrate the birthday of Padmasambhava, a buddhist spiritual leader|
|Lavi Fair||Rampur||The most ancient Trade Fair. It is held in month of November|
|Pathar ka Khel||Halog,Shimla||Takes place on the second day of Diwali|
|Rohru Fair||Rohru||In April|
|Dussehra||Kullu||It begins with the arrival of Hidimba Devi from Manali. It was started by Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu.|
|Bhunda Festival||Nirmand||It is considered as the ‘Kumbha’ of the Hill people|
|Budhi Diwali||Nirmand||This Fair is associated with the battle of Mahabharat.|
|Sarhi Yatra||Naggar||In May|
|Dhungri Fair||Manali||Devoted to Goddess Hidimba|
|Holi Fair||Sujanpur||Festival of Colours|
|Gasota Fair||Gasota||An annual Cattle fair|
|Baba Balak Nath Fair||DeotSidh||Celebrated at the holy shrine of Baba Balaknathji|
|Hamir Festival||Hamirpur||Celebrated in Sep-Oct|
|Piploo Fair||Piploo||Celebrated in the month of June|
|Renuka Fair||Renukaji||Celebrated annually to commemorate the meeting of Lord Parshuram and his mother Renuka. Begins 10 days after Diwali|
|Bawan Dwadshi Fair||Nahan||In the memory of Raja Bali|
|Trilokpur Fair||Trilokpur||Devoted to Goddess Bala Sundari|
|Ladaracha Fair||Kaza||Held in the month of July marking the termination of summers|
|Pori Fair||Trilokinath||To worship Lord Trilokinath|
|Guitor Festival||Lahaul and Spiti||Celeberated in October. Known for Masked Dance.|
|Gochi Festival||Keylong||Celeberated in the month of February. Token child marriages are also performed.|
|Fulaich Festival||Kinnaur||Known as Festival of Flowers.|
|Lossar Festival||Lahaul-Spiti/Kinnaur||A Tibetan New Year Festival. It is celeberated in February|
HP Gk Questions on Fairs/Festivals of Himachal Pradesh:
In every Himachal Pradesh competitive exam, questions relating to the Fairs/Festivals of Himachal Pradesh are always included which makes this topic very important. Some of the questions that have appeared in the exams are like:
- The Phul Yatra is celebrated in which place in himachal pradesh?
- The Dussehra celebration of which place is famous in Himachal ?
- Which fair is held exclusively for women and children?
- Which Fair/Festival of Himachal Pradesh is a Cattle Fair?
Therefore, these HP GK facts are very important from the HPPSC exams point of view.