Luxury Trains of India
Rajasthan Travel Guide
Location: Village Kaila, Karauli District, Rajasthan
Time of the year: Month of Chaitra (March - April)
Highlights: Trading, festivities and dance and music by Mina tribal group
Significance: Prayers offered to goddess Mahalakshmi
The fair of Kaila Devi (Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth) is held at village Kaila in Rajasthan, India. This fair held every year lasts only for a fortnight. Each year, around two lakh pilgrims come to visit this fair. The pilgrims offer prayers at the Kaila Devi Temple which is located at a distance of 2 kilometres from Kaila village. The nearby Bhairon temple and Hanuman temple are other attractions.
Kaila Devi fair is held in the honour of the revered deity Kaila Devi (A form of Mahalakshmi), who is considered as the 'Goddess of Wealth'.
Highlights of the Fair:
The devotees bring along with them cash, bangles, coconuts and sweets to offer to the goddess.
Staunch devotees follow the religious practice of Kanak-Dandotis. A distance of approximately 20 kilometres has to be covered by them so as to reach the temple. The most difficult part of this ritual is that this distance is not covered on foot. Instead, the devotees lie flat and make lines with their hand. They reach up to these lines and the process is repeated till they reach the temple.
While some eat and rest during the journey, others enjoy following the rituals and festivities. The Mina tribals arrive in a spirit of happiness, dancing and singing. They make the whole ambiance light and create a lively atmosphere. The song and dance performances in the praise of the guardian deity are held at the courtyard.
A number of traders who visit the fair set up their shops here to sell their goods. You can find a variety of products on these temporary shops.
Hindaun is the nearest railhead situated at a distance of about 48 Kms. Another railhead of the Western Railways near Kaila is Shri Mahavirji. The site is accessible by well-maintained roads from Karauli, Mahavirji and Hindaun.