Vautha Fair – Vautha Mela during Kartika Purnima in Gujarat

Vautha fair, or Vautha Mela, is an annual donkey fair held at Vautha Village near Ahmedabad in Gujarat. In 2014, Vautha fair dates are from November 5 to November 6. Legend has it that Lord Kartik or Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, visited the site. Kartik, popularly known as Muruga, is the commander of the army of the Devas. The fair is dedicated to Kartikeya and is held during Kartika Purnima, the full moon night of the Gujarati month of Kartik (October – November).

Vautha fair site is also known as Saptasangam as it is at the confluence of seven rivers. The temple of Siddhanath dedicated to Lord Shiva is an important shrine here. On the day of the Kartik full moon night, pilgrims take dip in the Saptasangam and make offerings.

Vautha Mela attracts more than 500,000 people and is the only major animal trading fair in Gujarat. The only animal traded here are the donkeys. Donkeys are painted in different colors and decorated and this is a major highlight of the fair.