Elaborate arrangements are being made for the famous Tarnetar Mela,the largest three-day cultural fair in the state,thats beginning on September 9 at Tarnetar village in Chotial taluka of Surendranagar district.
The village panchayat has divided the ground in front of the Trinetreshwar temple into 614 plots. The auction of space for stall began on Tuesday. Due to popular demand,we have added three plots for entertainment purpose. So,there will be 17 plots for this section this year. The rest of the plots will be for stalls selling toys,eatables and beverages, Devubhai Khamani,sarpanch of Tarnetar,told The Indian Express.
Khamani,who is a member of the Tarnetar Fair Organising Committee,said that the Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board has drilled two more borewells at a cost of Rs 4 lakh to maintain water supply during the fair. With this,the number of borewells to supply water to visitors has gone up to six. There will be eight water stands in various parts of the ground, Khamani said. According to Khamani,the panchayat spends around Rs 30 lakh in organising the fair every year,and generates around Rs 40 lakh through auction of plots.
At a press meet held in Rajkot on Tuesday,the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited said its tour package for the fair has got a good response. Booking for the package is almost full, said Kamlesh Patel,chairman of TCGL. The TCGL operates 50 tents at the fair. This year,the tariff for the three-day package from Ahmedabad has been fixed at Rs 10,000 per person. Those travelling on their own can avail of the lodging facilities at Rs 3,000 per person.
As a part of its efforts to promote the fair,TCGL provides Rs 1 lakh grant to TFOC to give away cash awards to the best-dressed men and women. The fair will conclude on September 11. Every year,on an average 10 lakh people visit the fair. Traditionally,the fair is an occasion where local young men and women meet their future life-partners. According to popular belief,this was the very place where Draupadi had her swayamvara (a ceremony where a princess used to choose a husband from amongst a number of eligible suitors),and Arjuna,the great archer,performed the matsyavedh.
This year,the fair would witness a gilli danda match, said Khamani,adding that there will be also regular attractions like performabces of raas,hudo (traditional dance forms),bullock cart race and horse race.