Fairs and Festivals held at Jammu and Kashmir

Amarnath Yatra: The most important Hindu festival of the state is held in the month of August at the holy cave of Amarnath which is situated at a height of 12,279 feet above sea-level.

Anniversary of Sheikh Zain-ud-Din: The anniversary of Sheikh Zain-ud-Din is celebrated on the 12th of Baisakh correseponding to 27the April every year.

Ashoora: The word Ashoora means the 10th and implies the 10th day of Moharram, (first lunar month) when Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet of Islam, was killed at Karbala, a Suburb is Iraq while fighting against the army of Yazeed who claimed the caliphate of Arabia.

Aishan Saheb: This festival is the anniversary of Sheikh Yaqub Sarfi, an eminent scholar, writer, poet and a renowed mystic. The festival is celebrated on 12th Ziqab (11th month of lunar year).

Asrar-I-Sharif's Urs: The Urs on the 25th of Kartik (October-November) draws a large number of people from all over the province and even Kashmir.

Baba Buddhan Ali Shah's Urs: The annual 'Urs' of Baba Buddhan Ali Shah is celebrated on the first Thursday of Ashad (June- July) at Jammu every year.

Baba Jiwan Shah's Urs: This Urs is celebrated every year on the day when he died. People of the Jammu city as well as those from neighbouring villages visit teh shrine to seek the blessings of the saint. The Pir according to the inscription placed inside the tomb died on 11th of Paush, 1976 corresponding to A.D1237 or A.D. 1919.

Baba Rah's Urs: The Urs of the Baba Rah also known as Baba Ibrahim is celebrated in Jammu for two days in a year. One Urs is celebrated in January and another in July.

Jihri Fair: This fair is held to commemorate the death of a peasant, Bawa Jitoo by name who is said to have laid down his life fighting for the rights of the peasants. Over a lakh farmers from various parts of Jammu province visit the shrine of Bawa in village klayanpur, 22kms. from Jammu city on Jammu-Akhnoor road. This festival is held on Kartik Purnima in November and is a day of great rejoicing for Jammu farmers.

Jwalamukhi Fair: The another important festival is Jwalamukhi fair which is held in the village Khrew near Anantnag. The temple is situated on the top of a small hillock and is known as Jwalamukhi.

Kapalmochan Festival: The Kapalmochan festival is held in village Degam in the south of Shupiyan near Anantnag. On this ocassion, people perform the Shraddas of their minor deceased children and give away clothes, utensils, etc., in alms in their name.

Khanabarani Festival: The temple of Shri Tripurasundari, known as Khanbarani in village Devasar, is also a sacred place of Hindus. A festival is held here on 4th Magh corresponding to 19th January. The temple is a very old one.

Khanqah Sopore: The Khanqah Sopore is the mosque attracts large gatherings on Fridays and on the occasion of important religious festivals. It is visited by thousands of people on sixth Zilhaj (12th lunar month) when the death anniversary of Shah Hamdani, a great MUslim Saint and father of Mir Sayyid Mohammed Hamdani(who was responsible for mass coversion in Kashmir) is celebrated.

Khir Bhawani Fair: The shrine of Khir Bhawani which is situated in village Maheshwarpora near Ganderbal is held sacred by Kashmiri Pandits all over the state. It is celebrated on the 8th day of the first lunar fortnight of the month of Jeth(June) which is supposed to be the date on which goddess Khirbhawani or Raginya Devi revealed herself for the first time.

Khwaja Habib Ullah Attar's Urs: This festival is organised in connection with his death anniversary and is celebrated on the 2nd and 3rd of Rajab (7th lunar month). The anniversary of Mirza Kamil Saheb, who is also known as Mirza Akmal-ud Din, the title conferred on him by his religious guide, is celebrated on the 29th and 30th of Zilhaj (the 12th month of the lunar year).

Losar Festival: Losar is the New Year's day by Buddhist calendar for centuries, the Ladhak have practised their faith faith in Buddhidm--performed their curious rituals, and celebrated their gay festivals. Little was known about their folkways to the outer world till the area was thrown open to tourists both Indian and foreign.

Makhdoom Saheb Festival: The shrine in which Makhdoom Sheikh Hamza, a leading spiritualist of Sunni Muslims is entombed, is held in high esteem by the Muslims of Kashmir.

Martand Cave Festival: This festival is held near Anantnag during Malamas and Banams. Hindus from Anantnag area asemble at the cave on these days and perform religious rites. The date for Banamas is determined according to solar system and Malamas on the basis of lunar months.

Meeshah Saheb Festival: This festival is celebrated in the month of Poh (9th Bikrami month) and is attended by thousands of Hindus and Muslims.

Mela Patt: It is one of the most important fairs, also known as Pateru kud is celebrated in the heart of Bhadrawah town. The mela or kud takes place 15 days after the Khailash Yatra and lasts for the three days. It falls in the month of August - September.

Naqshband Saheb Festival: This festival is celebrated on the 3rd of Rabi-ul-Alwal, the date on which Khwaja Sayyid Baha-ud-Din Naqshband, a renowned Saint and mystic of Bukhara ( Central Asia) passed away.

Panch Pir's Urs: It is celebrated on the last thursday of July ever year. The devotees, distribute cooked rice, fruit and sweets. Red and green flags are hoisted at the shrine. Lamps are kept lit and jaw sticks are offered. Thogh it is far from the city, this shrine is visited by the thousands of people including Hindus, Muslims and other sects of society to seek the blessings of the pir.

Pir Roshan Shah Wali Urs: Pir Roshan Shah Wali's annual Urs at Gumat near Jammu is celebrated every year on 18th December and many a devotees--Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and even Christians come to offer their homage and seek his blessings.

Pir Shahanshah Wali's Urs: The annual Urs of Pir Shahanshah Wali is celebrated in the month of September on the 14th day of the bright fortnight at Jammu.

Pir Zahir Wali Shah's Urs: The annual Urs of Pir Zahir Wali is celebrated in the second week of August every year. People from every corner of the state as well as from other parts of the country come to seek the blessings of the Saint on that occasiion.

Purmandal Fair: This fair is held at Purmandal temple, situated at a distance of 24 kms. to the east of Jammu city.

Ragniya Bhagwati Fair: A festival known as Mela Ragniya Bhagwati is held in Khirbhawani temple in village Manzgam near Anantanag on the 8th day of teh moon in the month of the June. The number of people who call at the shrine is estimated at 1000.

Raksha Bandhan: This festival is celebrated in the middle of August. On this festival piligrims from within and outside the state visit the holy cave of Amarnath in thousands fro getting darshan of the Ice Lingam of Lard Siva.

Ranbireshwara Temple fair: Ranbireshwar Temple is one of the biggest Shiva temples in the whole of north India situated at Jammu, named after its builder, Ranbir Singh. This temple is the venue of big fairs on the ocassion of Shivratri and Raksha Bandhan when its extensive garden and balconies are teaming with people from far and near.

Rishi Pir Fair: This festival is known after Rishi Pir or Pir Pandit Padshah who was a disciple of Krishna Kar. Rishi Pir is famous for the numerous miracles performed by him. He was popular both among Hindus and Muslims and preached tolerance and mutual cooperation. The festival is held in the third week of the lunar month corresponding to the month of Baisakh.

Shah Farid-ud-Din-Sahib Fair: Shah farid-ud-Din, agreat Muslim divine, came to Kishtwar during the reign of Raja Jai Singh (1656 to 1664 A.D.) to propogate Islam. He hailed from Baghdad and came to India in the time of Shah Jahan. A big fair is held here on the 7th of Ashad (June - July) every year. It is attended by thousands of people form far and near, including devotees from kashmir.

Shah Hamdani's urs: This the oldest muslim festival, known as Urs Shah Hamdani, is held at 6th of Zilhaj (1st week of 12th lunar month). this festival is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani, a renowed mystic, scholar and poet.

Vaishno Devi Jatra: Shri Vaishno Devi shrine is one of the best known and most popular of the Shakti shrines in India, located at Katra mountain hills near Jammu.

Vaishno Devi : The most important festival which enjoys wide reputation not only in the Udhampur but also throughout the Indian subcontinent is the one connected with the shrine of Vaishno Devi about 14 kms. from the town of Katra. Unlike others, the Vaishno Devi festival lasts fro more than three months, starting sometime in September and closing by the end of december.