Kolayat fair is annually held on Kartik Purnima tithi, or the full moon day, in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Rajasthan. The fair is held on the banks of a lake located at Kolayat near Bikaner in Rajasthan. Kolayat fair 2016 date is November 14.
The fair is held at the shrine dedicated to Sage Kapila or Kapil Muni. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu especially in this region.
It is believed that the sage performed prayers at a peepal tree located near the shrine. The tree still exists in the temple complex.
A large lake with 52 ghats forms of the main area of the fair. It is believed that taking holy dip in the lake during Kartik Purnima will help in washing away sins of several births. There are numerous temples on the ghats.
A camel and livestock fair is part of the fair.