Gujarat ‘Madhavpur Mela’

On 10th April 2022, President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the annual Madhavpur Mela. It is a five-day cultural fair that is held in Madhavpur, the coastal village, located 60 kilometers south of Porbandar.

Overview:

  • This festival celebrates the marriage of Lord Krishna with Rukmini.
  • This marriage is said to have taken place in Madhavpur.
  • It is said that Rukmini was from the present-day Arunachal Pradesh.
  • On Ram Navami, Madhavpur Mela begins.
  • Ram Navami is the day that marks the birth of Lord Rama.
  • A Madhavrai temple of the 15th-century marks the site of this fair.
  • Every year during this event a cultural fair is also held.
  • A chariot is decorated colourfully and it carries the idol of Lord Krishna around the village.
  • The festivities are usually held for a period of five days.

Collaboration with the Ministry of Culture

Since 2018 the Gujarat government has collaborated with the Union Ministry of Culture to organize various side events like cultural evenings and public meetings at the fair. They also started inviting artists and incumbent chief ministers from the North-eastern states of the country. A handicraft festival is also organized by the Gujarat government that features products made by artists from Gujarat and the North-eastern states.

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