(The Gist of PIB) Madhavpur Mela [JANUARY-2020]

(The Gist of PIB) Madhavpur Mela [JANUARY-2020]

Madhavpur Mela

  • The famous Madhavpur Mela begins at Madhavpur Ghed of Porbandar district in Gujarat today.
  • In a unique initiative, the four-day-long Mela will see its first-ever cultural integration with the North-East with which it is said to share its roots.
  • The eight states of the Northern Eastern Region will participate in a big way during the Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat due to be held in the first week of April this year.

Key highlights:

  • The annual fair is held at Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar district and the Mela this year will commence on 2nd April, a day after the Ram Navami festival.
  • Madhavpur Ghed, a small but culturally significant village, is the place where, according to folklore, Lord Krishna married Rukmini, the daughter of King Bhishmaka.
  • Madhavpur lies on the seashore, close to Porbandar.
  • A 15th-century Madhavrai temple marks the site.
  • This event is commemorated by a cultural fair held every year, commencing on Ram Navami.
  • A colorful chariot carrying the idol of Lord Krishna circumnavigates the village and the festivities usually continue for five days.

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