Celebrated In: India
Celebrated By: (Hindu)
Minjar Fair is an annual fare organized in the state of Himachal Pradesh. People from all around the world gather in this time to offer prayers to the Laxmi Narayan Temple and celebrate throughout the week.
The fair starts with the distribution of Minjar which is a silk tassel worn on front parts of the dress by men and women alike. Historically river Ravi used to flow between Champawati Temple and Hari Rai Temple, Because of which it was very difficult for people to reach the other temple if they were on either side.
Then The King of Himachal Pradesh asked a saint to make the temple of Hari Rai accessible to people. The saint called the king and his people to the Champavati Temple and performed a Yaga in which various Sadhus from Benaras were also invited. These sadhus used a colored stick called Minjar to perform yaga.
Surprisingly, as a result of this Yaga the course of river Ravi changed and people could easily access The temples. As the Yaga lasted for a week, therefore this fair lasts for a week.