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Gotmar Mela 2024 Date - Pandhurna near Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh

Gotmar Mela at Pandhurna is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. The mela is organized at Pandhurna in Chhindwara District in Madhya Pradesh. Gotmar Mela 2024 date is September 4. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Gotmar Mela is organized on the banks of Jam River and the villagers of Savargaon and Pandhurna participate in the ritual. For the mela a long tree is erected in the middle of the river with a flag atop it. Savargaon and Pandhurna villagers gather on either bank of the river. Each group attempts to stop the other from getting to the flag by throwing stones or got.

The village, whose resident happens to remove the flag, is victorious. They carry the flag to the Chandika Mata Temple.

The whole ritual happens amidst the chanting of Maa Durga.

If by evening there is no winner, then the flag is carried by both the villagers to the Chandika Mata Temple.

The mela was banned couple of times as several people get injured during the pelting of stones.

Gotmar Mela is annually observed on Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Bhadra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Madhya Pradesh.