Runecha, Ramdeora - Famous Baba Ramdeo Mela (Fair)

Every year in the month of August, more than a lakh persons from and around Rajasthan flock the highways and streets going towards Ramdeora, a place in the Jaisalmer district. These people are known as 'jataroo' and are the devotees of folk deity of Rajsthan, Baba Ramdeo.

Ramdeora is one of the most famous pilgrims in Rajasthan. Every years lakhs of devotees from around the country visit here to pay their respect to Baba Ramdeo. But in the month of August, famous 'Baba Mela' is organized in Ramdeora. The fair begins on 'Bhadra Shukla Beej', an auspicious date according to the Hindu calender. Maximum people visit Ramdeora just before and during this fair.

Although Baba Ramdeo is considered the messiah of backward class of the society, his devotees are spread across all the castes and communities. He is a sacred figure for Muslims too as they call him 'Pir'(spiritual figure). In Rajasthan He is often called 'Ramsa Pir'. Baba Ramdeo was born in 15th century. During that time the lowest social class of the society was in the pathetic condition. Though Baba himself belonged to the upper class of the society, he never discriminated among people on the basis of caste, class and religion. He was against any such class system. Soon his popularity rose and crossed the boundaries of Rajsthan into the neighboring states. Today the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh too have a large no. of Baba Ramdeo devotees.

The people have so much respect and devotion for him that they walk thousands of kilometer on foot to reach Ramdeora during the fair. Most of these devotees are from the villages and travel in large groups. They begin their journey as early as a month back. These devotees take a halt in Jodhpur where they pay their respect to Ramdeoji's temple in Masuriya and then resume their journey. The tomb of Ramdeo's guru Balinath is situated here. The devotees take a dip in Parcha Naadi, a small pond in the temple premises of Masuriya.

After reaching Ramdeora people take a dip in the holy pond behind the Ramdeo temple and then go in to worship him. The rush is so much during these days that devotees often wait for a no. of days before they can enter into the temple. The govt. take all the adeqaute measures to make sure that there is no trouble during the fair. Roadways and railways too do their bit for the devotees by running special trains and buses for the fair.


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