PURMANDAL MELA - The Shivratri Festivites
Purmandal is 39-km from Jammu city. On the day of Shivratri, the town is transformed for three days as people celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati here. The people of Jammu also come out in their colourful best to celebrate Shivratri at peer Khoh, the Ranbireshwar temple and the Panjbhaktar temple.
In fact, if one visits the Jammu region during Shivratri, one will find a celebration on almost everywhere.
JHIRI MELA - Celebrating A Legend
"Baba Jitu" was a simple, God loving and honest farmer who preferred to kill himself rather than submit to the unjust demands of the local landlord to part with his crop. He killed himself in the village of Jhiri, 14-km from Jammu. A legend has grown around the Baba and his followers congregate at Jhiri on the appointed day from every corner of north India; they revere him for his compassion, courage and honesty and hold an annual fair in his name.
MANSAR FOOD AND CRAFT MELA
This Mela (fair) is organised by J&K tourism during Baisakhi every year. Held at the picturesque Mansar Lake 6-km from Jammu, it is a three-day celebration of the local crafts and cuisine, where people from adjoining states also take part.