Quick Five :
Location : Junagadh, Gujarat
Held in : Mahashivratri (somewhere in February)
Duration : 5 days
Transport : Rail / Road / Local Transportation
Bhavnath Mahadev fair :
Bhavnath Mahadev fair is celebrated on the occasion of Mahashivratri, which comes in February of every year. It is organized in the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple in Junagadh, situated at the foothills of Mount Girnar. The peak Ghoraknath (3,666) is highest among the Peaks of Girnar, which has a number of Jain temple. The fair lasts for five days which is celebrated with great interest. It is said that Girnar is the place of Nine Nathas where the Protector and lord as well as nine of eighty- four Siddhas reside in the temple in their invisible spiritual bodies.
On the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, the Mahapuja (prayer) is conducted. In the month of Magh, (according to Hindu calendar, somewhere in February) on the 14th day in the midnight the Mahapuja of Lord Shiva is conducted.
There are sages who sit without clothes on the Elephants, flying flags and blowing shells. It is to be believed that the spirit of devotion and spirituality washes away the place. The fanatic sages are seen to be shouting by taking the name of Lord Shiva and seeking for the blessings. There are free meals served by the organizer. The vendors from Ayodhya and Mathura get the stalls especially for Bhavnath Mahadev Mela and Mahashivratri. There are stalls brought by the vendors from Ayodhya and Mathura specially to sell rosaries, idols.
There are number of hotels in Junagadh and Gujarat which are available easily. There are numerous options in five star hotels or a local lodge is also available as per the budget.
Railway : Junagadh station has good frequency with whole Gujarat and has number of trains available.
Road : Road journey can be comfortable with the well maintained roads and their connectivity.
Local transport : Local auto rickshaws without meter and Jeeps are available from Junagadh to reach Bhavnath Mahadev Temple..
Things Important to carry : First Aid Kit, Some extra clothes, Mineral Water Bottle and camera.