Banganga Fair is held annually on the full moon day of Vaishakh
(April-May) near a rivulet 11 kms from the historical
township of Bairath in Jaipur district. The stream is believed
to have been created by Arjun, one of the Pandavas.
Visiting the Banganga Fair, taking a bath and paying
homage to the holy sites in the vicinity at this time is
therefore considered very auspicious b y the pilgrims who come
from Alwar, Behror, Jaipur, Bharatpur
and many other places.
Apart from those who come to the fair for pilgrimage,
traders of different communities arrive at the fair to sell
their wares. The articles sold range from simple rural ornaments
to toys and household items. The buying and selling adds to the
atmosphere and to the hustle and bustle of the fair. Giant
wheels and merry-go-rounds thrill the children as
well as the grown-ups.
Devotees gather at the Shri Radha Krishnaji's temple in the
morning, they take a bath at the ghats (a flight of steps
leading to the water) of the Banganga river with the belief that
it has powers to purify the soul. The people then proceed to the
nearby shrines of Hanuman and Ganga Bihari and also visit the
Shiva temple and the Math of Goswamiji.
Bairath is 85 kms from Jaipur on a diversion from National
Highway No. 8 near Shahpura which connects Alwar. There is a
regular bus service between Jaipur and Maid (from where Banganga
is only a couple of kilometres away).