Baba Chamliyal Mela: From Why It Is Celebrated To Dates, Here’s All About It

Devotees from across the region come to pay their respects at the shrine.

by Nikitha Sebastian
Baba Chamliyal Mela: From Why It Is Celebrated To Dates, Here’s All About It

The famed Baba Chamliyal Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district is gearing up for its annual mela, set to commence on June 27. This pilgrimage draws thousands of devotees each year, making it a significant event in the region.

Baba Chamliyal Mela & Its Connection To India-Pakistan Relations


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The Ramgarh sector, near the International Border, enshrines Baba Dalip Singh Manhas, also known as Baba Chamliyal. He played a significant role in India-Pakistan relations, once considered a symbol of goodwill between the two nations. Notably, delegations from the Pakistan Rangers would visit the shrine, collecting “shakkar” (clay) and “sharbat” (water) believed to possess healing properties for various skin ailments.

To ensure a smooth and successful mela, Samba’s Deputy Commissioner, Abhishek Sharma, recently convened a meeting with officials from various departments. The focus was on expediting ongoing works and finalising logistical arrangements to accommodate the large influx of visitors.

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A Blend of Devotion And Celebration

The annual mela is more than just a religious gathering; it’s a vibrant celebration steeped in local culture and traditions. Devotees from across the region come to pay their respects at the shrine. They participate in prayers and offerings and immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere. The mela also features cultural performances, local food stalls, and vibrant displays of traditional handicrafts, offering a glimpse into the area’s rich heritage.

This year’s mela holds particular significance after a hiatus due to the pandemic. The anticipation among devotees and local businesses is palpable. Hotels and guesthouses in the vicinity are expected to see a surge in bookings as pilgrims flock to the shrine. Local shopkeepers are also preparing for brisk sales of devotional offerings, souvenirs, and regional delicacies.

The mela not only strengthens the spiritual connection for devotees but also serves as a vital source of income for the local community. The event fosters a sense of camaraderie and provides a platform for cultural exchange.

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For those interested in experiencing a unique blend of spirituality, cultural immersion, and local festivities, the Baba Chamliyal shrine’s annual mela presents a compelling opportunity. With preparations well underway, the stage is set for a joyous and memorable event.

Cover Image Courtesy: Samba Tourism/ Website

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