Amritsar: 'Langur fair' begins from today, children will keep a 10-day fast


From Saturday, the famous 'Langur Mela' of North India has started at Bada Hanuman Temple in Durgiana Tirtha, Amritsar, where boys are dressed like baboons to please Lord Hanuman.

The world-famous 'Langur Mela', held every year at the Bada Hanuman Temple in the premises of the historic Durgiana Temple in Amritsar, has started from the first day of Navratri, in this fair, everyone from newborns to youngsters has been involved. All the boys in langur fair are dressed like baboons.

Langur fair lasts for 10 days

The 10-day-long fair ends on the next day of Dussehra when these langurs hand over their special attire to the Bada Hanuman temple. The said boys keep a 10-day fast to observe Lord Hanuman and observe celibacy. This 10-day fast ends after Dussehra. But this time due to the corona, devotees are not allowed to enter the Hanuman temple. They have been allowed to worship in the outer complex, following the protocol of Kovid-19.

The Bada Hanuman Temple at Durgiana Tirtha is the only temple in the world, where Hanuman is seated. It is believed that this is the same temple where Hanuman received the royal horses left by Luv Kush. Devotees participate in the 'langur fair' after the vow sought from Lord Hanuman. According to belief, people pray for child fulfillment in the temple and vow to become langurs when the wish is fulfilled.