The Sitabari Fair is held near village Kelwara in Baran District.
Held usually prior to the Dussehra. Sitabari is considered to be the place where Sita, the wife of Lord Ram, was left by Lakshman to serve the period of her banishment.
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says that a stream sprouted from the ground where Lakshman shot an arrow to
fetch water for Sita.This stream is called 'Lakshman Babhuka'.
People visit the kunds (tanks) to take a holy dip for the purification of the body and soul and to perform oblations dedicated to the various deities whose images are installed here.
The biggest water tank is the 'Lakshman Kund' with
one of its gates called 'Lakshman Darwaza' where an idol of Hanuman is installed.
The Suraj Kund named after the Sun God is surrounded by verandahs on all sides. Ashes of cremated people are immersed in the water flowing out of the kund by those who cannot go to the Ganges for this ritual.
In one corner of the kund,
the 'Linga' or shrine of Lord Shiva is placed. The other two Kunds are the Sita
Kund and the Bharat Kund.
Apart from being a religious gathering, traders from nearby districts as well as neighbouring States come to the fair to sell a variety of goods.
Cattle breeders are also present at the fair selling popular breeds of cattle from Jhalawar, Aklera, Bundi, Kota, Bhilwara and Nagaur. People from all over the country gather to attend the Sitabari fair Rajasthan. Visitors cover thousands of kilometers distance to attend this fair.
People take a holy bath and offers prayers to the deities that are beautifully decorated in the temples. Apart from the three kunds Lakshmana Kund is the biggest one.
The biggest Kund is the lakshmana Kund with on of the gate called Lakshmana Darwaza where an idol of Hanamuna is erected. There is another two Kund in the Sitabari known as Bharat Kund and Sita Kund. In these two Kund people take a holy dip and offers prayers to the deity placed in the temples.
Sitabari is at a distance of 1 kms from Kelwara. The distance from Kelwara to Kota is 117 kms and buses ply on this route.
The number of buses is increased
during the fair, for transporting thousands of visitors to the event. The nearest
rails head is Baran at a distance of 75 kms from Kelwara.