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Tarnetar Fair

The Tarnetar Fair is held every year on the 4th, 5th and 6th day of the Shukla Paksha (sometime in the month of August -September) in the village of Tarnetar in Surendranagar district, 85 kms from Rajkot. It is also known as the Trinetreshwar Mahadev Fair as it is held in the premises of the 14th century Shiva Temple Trinetreshwar (translated it means 'three eyed god' symbolizing Lord Shiva) also popularly known as Tarnetar

It is an important fair of Gujarat and it is attended by various tribes like Kolis, Rabaris, the Bharwads, the Khnts, the Khanbis, the Charans and the Kathis. The fair celebrates the legend of the marriage of Draupadi to Arjuna, the third of the five Pandavas. 

The Tarnetar fair is a melting pot of folk art, music and dance. Folk dances like Rasada (a Gujarati folk dance) are performed by scores of women, there are 'bhajan mandalis' which sing devotional songs called 'bhajans' and 'kirtans'. They do so to the accompaniment of folk instruments like the khartals, pakhawaj, dhol and tabla (these are Indian percussion instruments).

Food stalls, cattle show, competitive sports and exhibitions all lend a local flavour to the fair. The distinctive feature of the fair is the Tarnetar Chhatri. This aspect of the fair is a sort of marriage mart for the tribal youth who still visit Tarnetar to find a suitable bride. This is an embroidered umbrella which is used by eligible bachelors to attract unmarried girls. This again symbolizes 'Draupadi swayamvar' - the marriage between Draupadi and Arjuna. 

Gujarat Tourism makes arrangements for guided tours to Tarnetar from Rajkot.

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