Gujarat is a pulsating land of enterprising people with spiritualism. The celebrations for traditional religious festivals are probably the highest in the country. Lord Shiv is the third God of Hindu Triad (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh) and is the destroyer of all evil. With over 1008 names, he is represented as a ‘linga’ – a symbol of regeneration.
The Bhavnath Mahadev Mela is held at the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple, situated at the foot of Mount Girnar in the city of Junagadh. Girnar is a holy abode of the 9 nathas or gods who are considered to be eternal and 84 siddhas or religiously uplifted souls.
A five day Bhavnath Mahadev Fair is held during the festival of Mahashivratri which is a worldwide tourist attraction. The Mahapuja (Prayers) of Lord Shiva takes place at midnigh in this temple on the 14th day of the dark half of the month of Magh, as per the Hindu calendar. (Somewhere in February)