40 Kms from Bhuj, near the little Rann of
Kachchh, the Dhrang fair is held on the
eve of Mahashivratri (February - March) every year. Held in the memory of
Saint Mekan Dada, the fair attracts people from Gujarat
and Rajasthan to
participate in the religious rituals.
ABOUT THE SAINT:
Born in 1720 AD, Saint Mekan Dada spent all his life serving the cause of humanity. He preached against untouchability and superstitions. Legend has it that Saint Mekan Dada had a dog and a donkey who used to go into the Rann daily, with water and food to quench the thirst and show the direction to the lost travellers.
Known for his simple living and high thinking, saint Mekan Dada left behind a legacy of his preaching, which earned him the respect and devotion of generations to come.
At Dhrang, he gave up his life, where the fair is held every year for three days.