Uttarakhand is famous for its culture, Tradition and different fairs and fests. These fairs mean a lot of the people from all over the world. Without Invitation, people gather in a thousands, hundred of thousands and sometimes in lakhs to enjoy it. If we talk about North India, Jhanda Fair of Dehradun is most famous fair in the whole world.
This fair is something in which people from all the world take part and enjoy with zeal and enthusiasm. In Jhanda Ji saheb fair, people from Different states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan gather before two-three days and witness all the rituals with their eyes and enjoy the fair.
The fair starts from the 5th day of Chaitra(5th day from Holi), on the birthday of Shri guru Ram Rai elder Son of 7th Sikh’s Guru Har Rai. With the celebration of Birthday, it is also celebrated for the day of Guru Ram Rai Visit in Dehradun.In Samvat 1733(1676 AD) on that very day, the great occasion was celebrated in his honor and since then the Jhanda Ji is hoisted on that day every year to commemorate his sacred memory.
Large Group of devotees from different states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and the other States of India, as well as from Foreign Countries come to be a part of this auspicious celebration. It is their devotion that some of the devotees come by foot before two-three days before Raising of Jhanda Ji. The Crowd encompasses men, women, children of all age groups and they are usually called as ‘’Sangat’’.
Dehradun 371st Jhanda Ji fair will start from 17th March. As per tradition, the flag of Jhanda Ji will be changed after 3 years. The flag now rising is three years old. New Flag will be Host on 17th march.From the Forests of Mohabbewale Doodhli, a one-year-old Sal Tree has been chosen for Jhanda Ji. The preparation and artistic work of Sal tree has been done in Shri Guru Ram Rai school, Mohabbewala.
14th March this base of jhanda Ji has been reached to Darbar sahib on shoulders by the Sangat from Punjab and other States.
The Opportunity to present this pure flag to Jhanda Ji will be given to Ashish Kumar Goyal of Karnal (Haryana) this time. Ashish father late Mr.Premchand Has made this booking 28 years ago and now in 2017, Ashish wait is over and he finally got the chance to do this auspicious ritual.Thousands of Pilgrims from all over the world is reaching Dehradun for this divine fair and to feel the experience. Ashish family has also reached Dehradun with his family.
The view of the arcade on the climbing of ninety feet high flag and the bulbs that are offered is the most attractive part of this fair. Booking of the flag should be done in advance.Every Year in this fair only ‘’one Darshani Gilaaf, twenty velvet and forty plain Gilaf’’ is offered. This is the reason because of which, the one who wants to offer these Gillafs has to do Registration before. The devotees in Jhanda Ji Sahib arrive from far away and ask for prayers and usually get what they wish for.So if you have never been to this fair Pull up your socks and must visit ‘’Jhanda Ji fair’’.
Author- Lucky singh