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A week long Shivratri fair of Mandi held in February/March. Hundreds of gods and goddesses carried by the devotees on palkiyan/Raths (Wheelless chariots) make it amidst traditional melodious tunes of musical band entered the tastefully decorated Mandi town. These deities on their arrival first visit the shrine of Madho Rai, After that they hasten to pay their homage to Lord Shiva at Bhutnath temple. A week long programme of entertainments begins where the hill folk exibit their talents.

     

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village gods/deities carried in rathas (chariots by people) coming totemple to pay homage to Madho Rai
Madho Rai chariot carried by devotees during colourful procession (Jaleb-Shoba Yatra) of Shivratri Fair
Deities Folk Musician Deities Procession Madho Rai chariot
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School Children in school dress during procession-'Shobha Yatra'
Devotee and Drummers during procession-'Shobha Yatra'
Procession Procession School Children School Children Folk Drummers
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Folk Dancers in colourful dress during procession-'Shobha Yatra'
Devotee Drummers during procession-'Shobha Yatra'
Deities Folk Dancers Folk Drummers Folk Musician Deities
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Devotees during procession-'Shobha Yatra'
Devotees and Drummers during Shivratri procession-'Shobha Yatra'
Madho Rai chariot carried by devotees during colourful procession (Jaleb-Shoba Yatra) of Shivratri Fair
Officers wearing colourful caps (Pagri or Safa) during procession-'Shobha Yatra'
Devotees Devotees Devotees Madho Rai chariot Officers
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Devotees offerering worship to the deities
Devotees gathered for offerering worship to the deities at Chauhatta Bazar
Devotees paying homage to deities (at Chauhtta Bazar) on the last day of Shivratri Fair
Group of Deities Devotees/Deities Gathering Gathering Devotees/Deities
 
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