FESTIVALS

Mahadev Mela

Mahadev Mela is organised every year on the ocassion of maha Shivratri. People from far away places come to Chauragarh Pachmarhi to worship Mahadev. It is a saying that before going to Mahaev, it is necessary to cross Bhoora Bhagat(Chhindwara). There is a story behind Bhoora Bhagat. It is said that since childhood, Bhoora was absorbed in the worship of Lord. Once during the hymn, he got into ‘Samadhi’. Twenty-four hours later, his process of meditation was broken. After that he renounced the house and got absorbed in the worship of the Lord. According to the legends, during the sadhana in Chauragarh hills, he saw Mahadev.

  • From Mahadev, he asked for boon that I should stay in your own legs and can guide the persons who come here. They are present in the form of a rock in the monastery. The statue of Saint Bhoora Bhagat is situated in such a place which it is estimated to see as if they were sitting like a gatekeeper at the gate of Lord Bholenath. Due to the same, the fair also fills here. Gulal, Vermilion, Kapoor, Kharak, Supari and big Trishools are offerd here.

Gotmar Mela

Sixty five kilometers from Chhindwara, in the headquarters of ‘Pandhurna’ tehsil a unique fair by name ‘Gotmar Mela’ is celebrated every year on the second day to ‘Bhadrapad’ New Moon day. This fair is celebrated on the banks of the river ‘Jam’. A long tree is erected in the middle of the river with a flag at its very top. The residents of the villages ‘Savargaon’ and ‘Pandhurna’ gather on either bank of the river, and start pelting stones (‘Got’) at the persons of the opposite village who try to cross into the mid of the river and remove the flag on top of the tree trunk. The village whose resident succeeds in removing the flag will be considered victorious. The whole activity happens amidst the chanting of the sacred name of Maa Durga. Several people get wounded in this celebration and the District Administration makes elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of this rare fair.