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Chitra Vichitra - Largest Tribal Fair Of Gujarat

A large number of Garasia and Bhills tribal people visit this region in order to enjoy and celebrate it with great glory.

India, May 24 (Uitv) - This one is rustic, rural, and colorful. The fair attracts a lot of Adivasis and people from other communities who are dressed in beautifully colored clothes. There are plenty of food stalls and handicrafts stalls for the visitors to check out.

The festival begins on the eve of the new moon when the women gather at the river and mourn for their dead through the night. The next day the fair sets off with a generous splashing of dazzling colors and drumming.

The tribal men’s costume generally consists of a blue shirt, dhoti and a red or saffron fenta or turban. The woman don ghagharas which have a circumference of as much as 20 yards, and are covered from head to feet with ornate and heavy silver jewellery, and sometime also beautifully knitted rafia jewellery made from pale yellow or dyed crimson grass.

They also use liquid kumkum or vermilion to color their cheeks and lips a brilliant red, while their eyes are outlined vibrantly with kajal. Every group visiting the fair carries its own drum, so that the atmosphere comes alive with a nonstop beat of drumming.

The tribal people of Gujarat consider Chitra Vichitra fair as one of the most striking fair of Gujarat.


The women sing folk songs in shrill choruses, and everyone dances near the main temple. Over a hundred stalls hold food and drink, and sweets of various kinds. Silver ornaments and household items are out for sale.

There is also a giant wheel and a merry-go-round. The dancing and drumming continue for hours until everyone is left exhausted.

The name of the fair is derived from two brothers Chitravirya and Vichitravirya, sons of King Shantanu, and step brothers of Bhishma, from the story of the Mahabharata. There is a belief that they had settled here and were cured of their diseases by the waters of this site.

Not far from here is Khed Brahma 30 kms where one may visit the temple of Brahma, one of the few in India. The nearest major town is Mehsana, 133 kms while Ahmedabad too is within easy motorable distance.

The fair is one of the most important fairs of the Adivasis in the region, and attracts about 60,000 people, most of them hailing from the Garasia and Bhil communities. People from many far away and distant villages arrive on every imaginable mode of transport, ranging from jeeps to camel carts.

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