Every year late Oct. to Early Nov. a large cattle fair is held at Bateshwar (the exact dates depends on the lunar calendar and vary each year). Coincides with the most auspicious period for praying at Bateshwar and is an important fixture for saints, sadhus, tradesmen and villagers alike. The fair attracts large numbers of Camels, Horses, oxen, elephants, goats, and other cattle, as well as a multitude of tradesmen selling everything from traditional cooking utensils and spices to locally made furniture, handicrafts and cosmetics. The fair provides a colourful, vibrant and entirely authentic glimpse of rural Indian life.
Bateshwar Cattle fair is one of the largest fairs in Northern India. It stands similar in style and magnitude as compared to the Pushkar Fair in Rajsthan. This fair usually starts two days prior to DEEPAWALI (a festival of lights) for a period of three weeks. The first week has the animal fair starting with cattle followed by the camels and horses and ending with the donkeys and goats. And the last week the village fair starts with a multitude of shops and fair ground rides and attractions as well as special ceremonies in the temples.
It is the 2nd largest animal fair in the country (Sonepur in Bihar being the largest)
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