Dharang fair is celebrated in the memory of Saint Mekan Dada. About 40 kms from Bhuj, near the little Rann of Kutch, the Dharang fair is held on the eve of Mahashivratri every year. Held in the memory of Saint Mekan Dada, the fair attracts people from Gujarat and Rajasthan to participate in the religious rituals. Duration of fair is 3 days.
Saint Mekan Dada
Saint mekan Dada born in 1720 AD, spent all his life serving the cause of humanity. He preached against untouchability and superstitions. Legend has it that Saint Mekan Dada had a dog and a donkey who used to go into the Rann daily, with water and food to quench the thirst and show the direction to the lost travellers. Known for his simple living and high thinking, Saint Mekan Dada left behind a legacy of his preaching, which earned him the respect and devotion of generations to come. At Dharang he gave up his life, where the fair is held every year for three days.
Celebration of Fair
The fair and the Dharang village is near to the Pakistan Border. In the fair people sold donkeys among local villagers. There are many stalls for the kutch handicraft and traditional items which are world famous. Many people coming from suburbs and taking part in this fair. Majority of the fairs in the northern Gujarat are mainly related to exchanges and this what is visible in this fair too. Along with that there would be other entertainment items like a Giant wheel, Boat swing etc. Folk dances and traditional eateries are easy to access here in this fair.