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Kumarsain Fair (Jatar) – Spiritual Fervor Mixes With Ancient Beliefs

Kumarsain Dities

Dities of Kumarsain

Koteshwar Mahadev Kumarsain

Koteshwar Mahadev is one of the adored deities of Kumarsain & the nearby area. According to legends, the deity has driven from Mahadev Kedarnath in Uttaranchal. Koteshwar Mahadev Temple is located in village Mandoli of Kumarsain. Koteshwar is one of the avatars of Lord Shiva. According to local people, Mahadev comes out of the temple only once in four years, and a great fair takes place.

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Koteshwar Mahadev doesn’t come out of the temple quite often as the rest of the God comes from the surrounding area. He comes only once in four years. The great fair takes place deity comes out in palanquin. Deity is decorated with garlands of scented flowers and coins, various ornaments, a golden crown and a gold umbrella. Under this main idol, lined up is other various idols of the same Koteshwar Mahadev. One can easily judge the peace, happiness and eternal satisfaction on the face of Devta (Deity). People who are carrying the palanquin are planning themselves, but it is said that Devta himself drives the palanquin.

Four /God will start this fair Marechh, Malandu, Koteshwar (Naya Devta, Budda Devta). All the four palanquins will be moving all around the fairground, filled more than capacity with humble devotees of Koteshwar Mahadev. People of every caste, age and sex were present and glorifying the fair. Young and old residents of Kumarsain comes before palanquins to carry them and feel lucky to get a chance even for few seconds, watching the entire proceedings with devotion, excitement and curiosity. The festivity enhances with grey clouds and then rain.


Koteshwar Mahadev, who is believed to be a scared soul blessed by Lord Shiva himself, is considered King of the area of Kumarsain, a small town around seventy-five kilometres up north from Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh. For the devotees, this Deity is not some “God” but just like their beloved family member for whom they have extreme love and respect and the one who has blessings of God to fulfil their big or small requirements or erase their day to day problems. For them, this Deity is in constant touch with its people either by dreams or through his ‘Gur”, the main priest.

The occasion was the local festival which comes after every four years when Koteshwar Mahadev would meet his other loving deities, Marechh and Malendu Devtaa. A great fair is held here in August and September, and Lord Shiva’s devotees come here to worship him. Kumarsain Jatar is for 9 days, 5days in kumarsain and 4 days in mandoli.

On the first day, at 4 am, kotshwar Mahadev and Marich devta are taken out from sharkot, and then they are taken to their Temples, Koteshwar Mahadev to Mandoli & Marich to Bai Temple. In the Evening, Koteshwar Devta and Buda Devta go to Shrambal Camp because it is the main place where the koteshwar devta g is found. The next day, Koteshwar Mahadev and budda devta g meet Marich Devta. On the third day, Malandi Devta g join the fair. On 6 Day all devta g move to madholi.


In the last two days, Marich and Malendi devta took farewell from Koteshwar Devta g. But, just like young kids, those departing Devtaa were so reluctant to leave that their palanquins would not let its bearers take the exit route even when Koteshwar Mahadev himself was waiting at the end of the road to see them off.

Only the interruption of oldest ‘Gur’ made them ready to leave for another four years. The festival ended with the ‘Nati’ (local dance) by the people of Kumarsain. The charm on the faces of idols of Devtaa seems faded a bit cause of this departing.