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Fairs & Festivals: Champawat

Purnagiri Fair:

Purnagiri is located on the top of a hill and is 20 kms. from Tanakpur. It is on the right bank of the river Kali. A number of fairs takes place here during Navratras, when devotees in a large number come from surrounding areas to have a darshan and worship the Goddess Purnagiri. The fair starts from Vishuwat Sankranti and continues for about forty days.

Devidhura Fair:

This fair takes place at Varahidevi temple in Devidhura, situated at the border of Almora, Pithoragarh and Nainital districts. It is held every year on the day of Rakshabandhan. An unique feature of this fair is the image of Goddess Varahi kept in a locked brass casket. The casket is taken out in a procession to a nearby mountain spring where a blindfolded priest ritually bathes the image and puts it back in the casket.

The Goddess is worshipped whole night and the next morning and exciting 'agwaal' air takes place. The event is marked by two groups of people fighting a battle in front of the temple, throwing stones at each other, while they try to protect themselves by using big roof-like shields. Thousands of people gather to watch this event. The fighting stops soon after the priest appears and both sides meet and reconcile. natural environment.

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