The Heartland of Divinity (Fairs and Festivals of Madhya Pradesh).

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Item Code: IHL033
Author: Aruna Sharma
Publisher: Wisdom Tree Publications
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9788183281584
Pages: 90 (Illustrated Throughout In Full Color)
Cover: Hardcover
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Madhya Pradesh is a region brimming with diversity visibly prominent in its culture and customs. Home to people from different communities’ religions and tribes Madhya Pradesh is blessed with a unique cultural and religious identity the heart of incredible India can be described as a cauldron of fairs and festivals. The fairs festivals and celebrations in the state act as the common thread binding the various local communities.

The geographical diversity of Madhya Pradesh is a treat. It is an opportunity to experience participates and enjoys the vibrant local culture of the heartland and understands its ethos. Amidst the natural beauty of the state rivers mountains forests and the breathtaking man made structures the fairs and festivals of Madhya Pradesh leave an everlasting impression on every visitor’s mind.

About the Author

Aruna Sharma is known for her work in development economics. Her book resource convergence Mantra Model is a bible to all developments experts. Her postings in the National Human Rights commission and as district Collector agriculture institutional finance rural Development. National Coordinator for Horticulture Managing Director of dairy federation secretary family health welfare and secretary and secretary public relations all resulted in systemic transformation and permanently improved performance levels.

Aruna Sharma’s passion for observation has resulted in this book underlining a unique way to travel in Madhya Pradesh by participating in its fairs and festivals to experience the beauty of its locales and people. She is presently director General Doordarshan.


Madhya Pradesh is aptly called the heartland of India not just because it is at the centre of the country but because it embodies a plethora of cultures traditions and festivals. The state offers a variety of uniqueness with its abundance of exciting fairs and festivals.

Many festivals revolve around geographical features along the banks of rivers such as the Narmada Shipra and Betwa and the Journey along the ravines of the chambal River is incomparable to any travel experience across the world.

Religious fairs add to the festivities as the state has two of the twelve jyotirlings shrines where lord Shiva is worshipped and is also home to the Maha Kumbh Mela celebrated every twelve years in Ujjain.

Tribal fairs and festivals along with those to celebrate unique dance and music forms of the state add further color to the medley of festivities. For travelers on a more leisurely visit participating in a parikarma of the Narmada River is essential to understanding why this sacred water body is the lifeline of the state with its rich produce of quality durum wheat soya bean and vegetables.

Madhya Pradesh is also a prominent cultural and centre with importance festivals taking place in Bhopal and high caliber classical music recitals in Gwalior and Dewas. Renowned classical dancers consider it prestigious to perform in the temple premises of Khajuraho one of the venues where a great variety of Indian classical dances are celebrated at a grand scale.

Madhya Pradesh is a must see for both domestic and international travelers to understand the unique culture of this heartland. There is so much to see in this region beyond the favored tourist spots and pairing them with religious cultural or tribal fairs and festive celebrations will make the experience that much more special.

The heartland of divinity will enable the tourist of plan well in advance and experience the beauty of Madhya Pradesh at its festive best.


Madhya Pradesh is a region brimming with vibrancy and multicultural extravaganza. This diversity is visibly prominent in its people culture and customs. Since time immemorial Madhya Pradesh has been home to people from different communities’ religions and tribes. Its unique cultural and religious matrix has bestowed upon it tremendous specialties as far as its festivities are concerned. The heart of incredible India can be described as a cauldron of fairs and festivals. Virtually celebrating each day of the year this geographical entity is known for its festive spirit.

Madhya Pradesh is a land of abundance and that is the cue for the spirit of festivity that prevails here. The fairs festivals and celebrations of this land indulge its cultural and religious fervor. They act as the common thread binding the various local communities. Pertaining to different occasions some celebrate the birthdays of deities and saints while others welcome the seasons of the year the rains the full moon or the harvest. The state is known for the supreme variety of wheat highest production of Soya Bean coriander fenugreek and the best quality of horticulture products like juicy oranges amrapali mangoes and berries. Adding to the agricultural abundance is its rich cultural heritage. The capital Bhopal is often spoken of as the cultural capital of India. The state also has the honor of being the home to Bharat Bhavan the prestigious cultural institution and has the reputation of being an active hub of cultural activities.

In order to appreciate the fairs and festivals of Madhya Pradesh it is important to understand the significance of its geographical location local history customs and traditions. A fair or a festival is an event usually staged by a local community centred around a unique aspect. It could be a celebration in honor of a deity or serve specific needs of the community as well as provide entertainments and awareness about governments schemes and programmes. These celebrations offer a sense of belonging to religious social or geographical groups. In addition they are perfect hubs of find suitable matches meet new families and discuss subjects of cultural and ethnic relevance.


Preface 9
Introduction 13
River Related Fairs and Festivals 17
Sankranti Fair 18
Khargone’s Navgraha Sankranti fair 20
Shivratri Fair 21
Ramji Baba fair 24
Dhilteshvar Mahadev Chool Fair 25
Maha Kumbh Mela 26
Ganga Dusshera 29
Rath Yatra of garakota30
Ramnavmi Fair 31
Ram Vivah Fair 32
Kartik Purnima Fair 34
Nimar Utsav 37
Narmada Parikarma 39
Tribal and Regional Festivals 41
Chherta or Khichrahi 42
Meghand 43
Madai 43
Bhagoria Haat 45
Navakhani/ Nabai 49
Akshaya Tritiya/Aakhateej/Akti 50
Ghaila/ Bidri 52
Dodh Balai/ vat Savitri Pujan 53
Krishna Janmashtami 56
Babu ki Doj/ Gaaj Beej ki Puja 58
Suwata 59
Mandu 60
Tesu 61
Jhinjhia 62
Chitrakoot Deepawali Mela 63
Some Other fairs 64
Cultural Festivals 71
Lokrang 72
Khajuraho Festivals of Dances 75
Allaudin Khan Samaroh 77
Kumar Gandharva Samaroh 78
Tansen Music festival 81
All India Kalidasa festival 82
Hotel Listings 53
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