Kaila In Karauli district, Rajasthan
Mahalakshmi, Chamunda, Kaila Devi
April, Lasting For A Fortnight.
The annual fair of Kaila Devi, (Mahalakshmi or the goddess of wealth), is held at the village Kaila (24 kms to the south west) in Karauli district in the month of Chaitra (Mar-Apr), lasting for a fortnight. The temple of Kaila Devi is located on the banks of the Kalisil river in the hills of Trikut, 2 Kms. to the north-west of Kaila village. Another attraction is the small temple dedicated to Bhairon, situated in the courtyard and facing the shrine of Kaila Devi is a temple of Hanuman locally called 'Languriya'.
The devotees bring with them cash, coconuts, kajal (kohl), tikki (vermilion), sweets and bangles as offerings to the goddess.
The ritual of Kanak-Dandoti is observed by the staunch devotees. They cover a distance of 15 to 20 kms. to reach the temple, not on foot but by lying prostrate, making lines with their hands in that position, advancing upto the line drawn and repeating this procedure till they reach the temple. While some eat food and take rest during the journey, others endure the rigours of the ritual without these.
Successors of Goli Bhagat, who used to be a great devotee of Kaila Devi, come from Agra to carry out his tradition of paying homage at the shrine.
HOW TO GET THERE
The fair is held at Kaila, which is 24 kms to the south-west of Karauli.
Rail : The nearest rail-head is Hindaun at a distance of about 48 kms. Shri Mahavirji is another railhead of the Western Railway near Kaila.
Road : The site is approachable by well-maintained roads from Karauli, Hindaun and Mahavirji. During the fair, the state transport as well as private operators provides bus services, keeping in mind the huge inflow of pilgrims.