Nagaur Cattle Fair
Location: Nagaur, Rajasthan.
Significance : Second largest cattle fair in Rajasthan.
Time of Celebration : four days in the month of Magha (according to the Hindu calendar), which usually falls in January or February.
Nagaur district is the land of fairs as they are not only cattle markets but in real terms a way of life. The rural people participate in these fairs very eagerly as if they are big social events & in addition to the cattle routine things from needles to nails are also available in these events. Fairs infact are the true face of rustic rural Rajasthan & are a strong witness of its social harmony.
Ramdeo Cattle Fair, Nagaur - The third largest cattle fair in Rajasthan founded by the great Jodhpur Dynasty king Mr. Umed Singh in honour of Sh. Ramdeoji 56 years back is being held every year in the month of Magh (January / February). Although the famous Nagauri bull is the "piece-de-resistance" the indeginous breeds of camels, horses, bullocks, buffallows, goat & sheep are in no way less attractive buys. Traders from all over the country participate actively & vie with each other in purchasing high pedigree animals to upgrade their cattle. The fair is also a rare opportunity for the tourists to see the real rural Rajasthan, rural folk in colourful traditional dresses & turbans in a rural setting. The fair is also a big market of farm products but the Mirchi (red chilli) market is the most thrilling & over crowded. Folk songs & dances not only entertain the visitors but also tell tales of tradition & heritage. One can't afford to miss an opportunity to visit this fair. Future dates of Nagaur Fair for year 2009 (2.2.09 to 5.2.2009) & for year 2010 (22.1.2010 to 25.01.2010)..
This eight days fair held every year during the month of Jan-Feb, is popularly known as the Cattle fair and is the second largest in Rajasthan. Nagaur Town is the most picturesque of Rajput townships. Nagaur is a sea of animals, trading over 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses every year. The bullocks are known for their fleetness. Not only are the animals lavishly decorated, even their owners flaunt wearing colourful turbans and long moustaches.
Shearing sheep, handsome marwari horses to spices all compiled in one fair. Attractions include the mirchi bazaar (largest red-chilly market of India), wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories.
Sports like tug-of-war, camel races, bullock races and cock fights; jugglers; puppeteers, story-tellers; and exciting campfire evenings are held to entertain the tourists. Folk music of the Jodhpur variation echoes the tranquil desert sand.