The Pink City
rejoices and celebrates the fairs and festivals with pomp
and gaiety since time immemorial. These fairs and festivals
reflect the rich culture and heritage of the region. Katni
has a flair for celebrating every occasion.
FESTIVAL - (March-April) 6 March, 2004, 25 March, 2005,
14 March, 2006, the
enthrall the spectators on the day of the Colourful festival
of Holi at Chaugan stadium. Beautifully decorated elephants
assemble for royal procession, Elephant polo match, races
etc. & Katni(MP) Folk music & dance performances are part of
The sight of mighty jumbos striding majestically is a treat
to watch. The mahavats or owners proudly decorate their
elephants with bright colours, jhools (saddle cloth) and
heavy jewellery. Female elephants are made to wear payals or
anklets which tinkle as they walk. Prizes are given for the
most beautifully decorated elephant. Even more exciting is
the Polo match, the Elephant race, the tug-of-war between
elephant and 19 men and women. The most colourful being the
playing of Holi on Elephant back.
¤ GANGAUR -
(March-April) 4-5 April, 2003, 23-24 March, 2004, 11-12
April, 2005, 1-2 April,
this festival is celebrated by the maidens and married
women, and is dedicated to Gauri, the incarnation of Goddess
Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A Colourful procession
is taken out from Zanana Deodhi of the City Palace, passing
through Tripolia Bazar, Gangauri Bazar, Chaugan and
converging near Talkatora for two consecutive days.
Images of Isar &
Gauri are made of clay for the festival. In some families,
permanent wooden images are painted afresh every year by
reputed painters called Matherans on the eve of the
festival. A distinct difference between the idols of Teej
and Gangaur is that the idol will have a canopy during the
Teej festival while the Gangaur idol would not a canopy.
The ladies decorate their hands and feet by drawing design
with Mehendi (myrtle Paste). The figures drawn range from
the sun, Moon and the stars to simple flowers or geometrical
(July-August) 12 August 2003, 19-20 August, 2004, 8-9
August, 2005, 28-29 July, 2006, festival marking the advent
of monsoon, swings are hung from trees and decorated with
flowers. Young girls sing songs of love and about the rain.
The festival is dedicated to parvati, commemorating the day
when she was united with Lord Shiva, A magnificent
procession is taken out from City Palace, similar to the
Gangaur procession, for two consecutive days.
SANKRANTI - celebrated on the 14th of January, every
year with traditional fervour, the devotees take a holy dip
in the holy tank at Galtaji, it has now also become a kite
flying festival, millions of colourful kites come on the sky
of Katni on this day.
ASHTAMI - (March-April) this festival is locally called
as Basoda, is celebrated to ward off the dreaded disease of
small pox. The most famous fair is held at the Shitla Mata
temple in Chaksu (on the Katni Kota Road), people gather
here to pray and celebrate.
DONKEY FAIR - (Khalkani Mata Mela) (October)
the donkeys day at Looniyawas near Sanganer, Thousands of
donkeys from all over north India are brought here for
buying and selling. The donkey races and sports are
organised for the merriment of people. A rare sight indeed.
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