Vautha Fair - The sangam tirtha in gujarat
For some this place is as divine as the sangam in Allahbad, and many communities even consider this fair more important than Diwali. Seven holy rivers mix waters here: the Vatrak merges with the Meshwo, Hathmati, Shedhi, Majum and Khari before it then meets the Sabarmati, so the locals call it saptasangam.
The most important ceremony is a purifying bath in the sacred river on Kartika Purnima,in the full moon night, which is believed to absolve one from all sins.
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This fair is held during Kartika Purnima, the full moon night of the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar, corresponding roughly to the month of November. It lasts for five days.
Hundreds of families from even nearby villages lock up their homes and move into tents to enjoy the fair for five days. They cook different sweets for each day, making ending with laddoos on the last day of festivity. However, the favorite foods here are the khichu and kachariyu are most famous in gujarat.
It is good to see that although it was previously a fair frequented mostly by Hindus, now even Muslims visit it in fairly large numbers.
As a trading fair, the site is a bustling scene, with a variety of handicraft and food stalls, and active street hawkers and merchants selling everything from trinkets to machinery. In the evenings, numerous small lamps are set afloat in the river by devout pilgrims, producing a shimmering dance of faith and beauty.
Legends hold that on a full moon night Kartikeya, the son of Shiva, visited this site on Kartika Purnima during his journey round the earth, and performed austerities at the meeting point of the rivers. His paglas(symbols) are still worshipped here.
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