Festivals and Fairs of Gurdaspur
The city of Gurdaspur celebrates a number of festivals that are part of its culture.
Baisakhi at Pandori Mahantan
Punjab is famous for its Baisakhi fair Baisakhi is observed at many places in the state This festival is celebrated at Pandori Manhantan. The place is built in the form of a monastery and was inhabited by mahants. Founded during the reign of Emperor Jehangir, the place is famous for Baisakhi celebration. The festivities continue for three days and carry immense religious significance for Sikh devotee.
Babehali’s Chhinjh ( Wrestling Mela )
An event of Babehali, a wrestling fair is organized in the month of August. Participated by wrestlers from India and outside, mela is a joyful event. Referred to as Chhinjh Mela by the commoners, the fair is the venue of several cultural programs.
Kalanaur, a historical town of Gurdaspur District, is situated towards the west of Gurdaspur at a distance of 25 Kilometres. Akbar the great, the famous Mughal Emperor was coronated at a raised platform, 2 Kilometers east of Kalanaur on 14th February 1556 AD. Since time immemorial, a big Shivratri fair is held every year in the Mahakaleshwar temple on Shivratri day when a large number of devotees gather here to celebrate the festival of Shivratri.
Dera Baba Nanak
This religious fair of Gurdaspur is one of the important religious fair of the state. The fair at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurudaspur is celebrated every year in the month of January.