Madhavpur Fair, or Madhavpur Ghed Melo, is a unique celebration of the fusion of the rich cultures of Western and Northeastern India. This annual festival is celebrated in the village of Madhavpur in the Porbandar district of Gujarat. It is a vibrant cultural event in Gujarat, which holds a huge connection with Arunachal Pradesh. Here is everything you need to know about this colourful event.
All About The Madhavpur Fair 2023
Madhavpur Fair 2023 will be celebrated this year from March 30 to April 3. This fair is a celebration of the union of Lord Krishna and Rukmani, who are said to have married in Madhavpur.
The festival is connected to the Mishmi Tribe in Arunachal Pradesh. According to a legend, the renowned king Bhishmaka, who was the father of Rukmani and Lord Krishna’s father-in-law, is said to be the ancestor of the Mishmi Tribe. The celebration honours Rukmani’s journey with Lord Krishna from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat, which is revered as an eternal event.
Madhavpur Fair holds immense religious significance for devotees of Lord #Krishna and his wife Rukmani Ji. It is believed that Lord Krishna married Rukmani Ji at the #Madhavpur village. The fair is held every year to commemorate this divine union. #gujarattourism #gujarat pic.twitter.com/yud2GWUg2x
— Gujarat Tourism (@GujaratTourism) March 24, 2023
Artists from both regions present a variety of cultural performances at the fair, including music, dance, and theatre. While the Western region showcases folk dance styles like Garba, Dandiya, and Raas, the Northeastern states bring their traditional music with instruments like the dhol, pepa, and flute. The fair is a true fusion of cultures because it also features handicrafts and cuisine from both regions.
Delicious Delicacies, Sports, Rituals And More
Madhavpur Fair also hosts various food stalls that take you on a lip-smacking culinary journey. The stalls serve all the authentic dishes from India’s western and northeastern regions. So as you soak up the spirit of the festival, you can also relish some delicious delicacies at this fair.
From lip-smacking snacks to traditional delicacies, explore the food culture of Gujarat & Northeast while immersing yourself in the festive spirit of the fair. Experience the rich flavors and colorful ambiance of food stalls at the #Madhavpur Fair.#gujarattourism #gujarat #food pic.twitter.com/Av1ePmsZAX
— Gujarat Tourism (@GujaratTourism) March 23, 2023
This year, the Madhavpur-Ghed beach will host its first-ever coastal games, beach sports, and traditional games from Gujarat and the North-Eastern states. There will be activities like beach handball, beach volleyball, beach football, a 100-metre beach run, and coconut throwing.
The fair will recreate the mythical event of Lord Krishna marrying Rukmani and travelling to Dwarka in a procession. This time they will also host Rukman’s welcome programme at Dwarka.
— Incredible Madhavpur (@MadhavpurGhed) April 13, 2022