One of the holiest places in Junagadh, the Bhavnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, lies at the foothills of Mt Girnar. While its origins are unknown, one can assume that it has been standing since time immemorial. It is best known for the Bhavnath fair, which is organised in the month of Magha as per the Hindu calendar (around January or February). On the full moon day in October-November, a parikrama (circumambulation) is organised at the temple after a dhvaja (flag) is hoisted. The parikrama lasts for five days and roughly covers around 40 km. As soon as the puja commences, one can sages, seated on elephants, coming towards the temple, holding flags in their hands. In the background, conch shells are blown along with tungis and turis (musical instruments). Legend has it that on this day, Lord Shiva himself visits the temple and thus a grand welcome is organised. The organisers also serve free meals to devotees. Many events are organised and performances are put up by dancers and folk singers during the festival.

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