Religion has always been one of the major traits of Indian society. Uttaranchal has a strong influence of Hinduism and religious traditions and beliefs play an important role in the everyday of life of the people of Uttaranchal. The depth of religion and its influence on an individual can very well be seen in the local and state fairs that brings to the fore the soul of festive celebration. Bateshwar fair holds a lot of importance for the Hindus. Devotees congregate here in large numbers to worship Lord Shiva and take holy dips in river Yamuna . Somnath fair in Almora district, Uttarayani Mela in Chitrashila and Nanda Devi fair in Kumaon district also draw huge crowd of believers.