The fair during Mahashivaratri is held for five days commencing from the Hindu calendar date of Magh Vad 11, during the Gregorian months of February & March.
The Bhavnath Mahadev temple is a shrine ensconced in myths and legends of the Puranic era. The Shivaling here is said to have emerged of its own divine intention. Reportedly, when Shiva and Parvati were traveling over the Girnar Hills their divine garment fell over the present Mrigi Kund, making this place an auspicious site for Shiva worshippers. Even today, the naga bavas are known to bathe in the holy Mrigi Kund before joining t he Mahashivaratri procession. The fair itself is so ancient that its precise origins are unknown.
On the moonless night when it is believed Lord Shiva performed his tandava, the cosmic dance of destruction, a great mahapuja is performed. This great ritual begins at midnight on ahashivaratri, when naga bavas, or naked sages, seated on elephants and decked in ornaments, arrive holding flags and blowing conch shells, tungis and turis, the s ounds of which reverberate through the entire space. Leading a large procession to the tem ple, they thus mark the commencement of an emotive religious ceremony.
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