29 Years
Home > Feature > Karauli Mela, Braj region’s very own Kumbh

Karauli Mela, Braj region’s very own Kumbh

Monday, April 09, 2012
By Brij Khandelwal

Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh: If one climbs the ridge overlooking this erstwhile capital of Mughal emperor Akbar and looks beyond, the sea of humanity around appears like a long march of the Red Army, a red-flagged rally without an end or a beginning.

Hundreds of devotees of Goddess Kaila Devi have begun their annual trek to the shrine of the deity, the Ma Raj Rajeshwari Kaila Devi temple, set amid the Aravalli hills in southeast Rajasthan’s Karauli district, 250 km west of Agra. Hordes of pilgrims from all over Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and the Braj region districts of Agra, Aligarh, Firozabad and Mathura are travelling to the shrine, which draws one of the biggest crowds of faithfuls in this part of India.

Men, women and children, decked in red and white scarves and dhotis and carrying loads of their basic necessities over their heads, walk singing hymns and folk songs in praise of Karauli Mata. Many pilgrims offer ‘dandauti parikrama’, rolling over the ground to cover the distance.

The fair in honour of Kaila Devi began on March 16. The pilgrims will continue to reach Karauli till Friday, the day the Navratras of the Hindu month of Chaitra start. The celebrations in the temple shrine will continue till the first week of April, according to an official of the trust that runs the shrine affairs.

Facebook
COMMENTS
No Comments Posted
POST YOUR COMMENTS
Name:  
Email:    
Comments:
 
Techno Stuff
CeBIT 2012 again showed it’s the flagship show ...
Over the past year, LG has elevated the ...
Sharp launched an 80-inch class interactive displ
I am 26 years old, my husband is 30. Both of us w
Dr. Rajan B. Bhonsle, M.D. (Bom)
Consulting Sex Therapist & Counsellor
Dr. (Mrs.) Minnu R. Bhonsle, Ph.D.
Consulting Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Astrology
Select Sun sign:
 
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)You can afford to be a bit adventurous with work proposals from overseas, which are also likely to materialize. Watch out for minor snags. Though you are doing well for yourself you may be tempted by this offer. It may require frequent travel away from home. Weigh the pros and cons carefully. You seem to be missing the point that someone is out to ensnare you in a romantic tangle. You need to be cautious.
Tarot for Love
Select Sun sign:
 
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)What the cards say: Enjoy the good phase Path: Explore new options. Don’t be in a hurry Ally: Pisces will please you. Avoid Virgo who will criticise you Card for the week: Tarot key no. III The Empress. Abundance will be there for you. Emotional satisfaction and warmth will permeate relationships. Be discerning and objective. Be careful in your spending. You may tend to go overboard
- Advertising -
Being attentive and focussed is key to succeeding
I want to do Engineering and Animation
My son wants to study in Canada
Read More