Siddheshwar Temple fair in Latur
Posted by srijita das on August 9, 2017
The people of Maharashtra are a vigorous and cheerful crowd as they believe that life is a celebration in itself. Festivals in Maharashtra are a thriving affair and is celebrated with abundant zeal and exhilaration. The various ceremonies and commemoration performed in every corner of Maharashtra is an accurate reflection of its colorful traditions, customs, and beliefs. The music, dance, and song that follows almost every Carnival here adds additional excitement in the breeze of the city. The love for mass celebration is strongly embedded in the Maharashtrian society and to find an expression of such in this season, I quickly booked my bus tickets online and left for Latur from Pune last weekend.
I booked my bus tickets with Sai Sagar travels that was scheduled for the night at 9:15 PM on 7th July through Travelyaari. This portal also presented a live tracking display of the availability of every possible bus operating on this route. I had reserved a single seat next to the window for myself with the aid of Travelyaari’s live tracking system. The road journey from Pune to Latur was safe and a comfortable one. I reached Latur by 4:15 AM and booked a local rickshaw to reach my hotel.
My intentions were primarily to see the Siddheshwar Temple here because of the grand festival that is celebrated here during the monsoon time. Another interesting fact about this temple is those who believe in the concept of life after death, attains freedom from the life cycle of birth or can protect the soul after death by offering prayers here. The temple was outlined and constructed by King Tamradwaj, as an act of worship. The temple wall has intricate carvings of mythological figures and personalities that narrate events from the past, and this kept my attention grabbed throughout my walk around the temple. The temple premises houses shrines of Ramlingeswar, Keshavraj, Ram, Bhuteswar, and Datta Swami too.
The fair at Shri Siddeshwar is annually held at Latur and is quite a popular one. Music and dance are an integral part of this grand event. The folk music and dance are most popular forms of entertainment here. Lavani and Povadas are performed almost every day during the festival due to its immense popularity among the locals.
There is also a cattle fair organized during this event, and the best cattle award is being instituted by various organizations in the temple premises.
Celebrities come and perform live shows here while people come in masses to witness this grand anniversary that continues for almost ten days.
After enjoying a day full of live concerts, dance and various other ceremonies along with exotic flavors of the local cuisines, I boarded my bus back on 9th July to Pune from Latur safely taking along the precious memories of this lively city.
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Srijita is a travel writer and is currently on a mission to discover and write about lesser known destinations. She attempts to reach out to the world and talk about her experiences she had while adventuring into the woods or sometimes in the waves of an ocean, in her blogs. She loves to eat everything edible and dreams about touring the world.