Kaila Devi Fair
The annual fair of Kaila Devi, (Mahalakshmi or the goddess of wealth),
is held at the village Kaila (24 kms to the south west) in Karauli district in
the month of Chaitra (Mar-Apr), lasting for a fortnight. The temple of Kaila Devi
is located on the banks of the Kalisil river in the hills of Trikut, 2 Kms. to
the north-west of Kaila village. Another attraction is the small temple dedicated
to Bhairon, situated in the courtyard and facing the shrine of Kaila Devi is a
temple of Hanuman locally called 'Languriya'.
Approximately 2 lakh devotees
gather during the fair. The ritual of Kanak-Dandotis is observed by staunch devotees.
They cover a distance of 15 to 20 Kms to reach the temple, not on foot but by
lying prostrate, making lines with their hands in that position, advancing up
to the line drawn and repeating this procedure till they reach the temple.
While some eat food and take rest during the journey, others endure the rigours
of the ritual without these.
Groups of Mina tribesmen arrive in a spirit
of gaiety dancing, singing and creating a lively atmosphere. The spacious courtyard
becomes the venue for dances and songs sung in praise of the guardian deity.
The nearest rail-head is Hindaun at a distance of about 48 Kms. Shri Mahavirji
is another rail-head of the Western Railway near Kaila. The site is approachable
by well maintained roads from Karauli, Hindaun and Mahavirji. During the fair,
the State Transport as well as private operators provide bus services keeping
in mind the huge inflow of pilgrims.
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