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Kanvashram Mela at Kotdwara in Uttarakhand

Kanvashram Mela is annually held during the Basant Panchami day at Kotdwar in Uttarakhand. The fair is an important annual event at the Ashram believed to be that of Kanva Rishi whose daughter was Shakuntala. In 2025, Kanvashram Mela is on February 2.

It is widely believed that the famous episodes in Abhijnana Shakuntalam happened here. Malini River here was witness to the episodes between Shakuntala and Dushyanta.

Rishi Kanva found Shakuntala in the forest and he brought her up in the ashram. Emperor Bharata was also born in this Ashram.

The Kanvashram fair attracts thousands of devotees to the ashram. Saraswati Puja is the main highlight during the mela.