Located in the foot hills of the Girnar Hills, the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple is one of the foremost holy places in Junagadh. It has stood there since ancient times. Visited by religiously minded devotees all along the year it is however best known for being the venue of the famous Bhavnath Fair. Held in the month of Magha as per the Hindu calendar (roughly coincides with January/February).This fair is the meeting point of a large number of people and is celebrated with a great deal of mirth and good cheer. Two festivals are celebrated every year at the Bhavnath Temple. In the month of October-November on the full-moon day, “Parikrama” is held after hoisting of the Dhvaja on this temple. A strong belief is prevalent that on this day Lord Shiva himself visits the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple. The parikrama or circular travel goes on for five days, covering a distance of about 40 km around the Girnar Mountain. In the month of February-March, on the No-Moon-Day of Magha month, “Maha Shivratri” is celebrated at this temple.
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