Vautha Mela, the Grand Fair at Vautha

A magnificent fair is held every year at Vautha, where two rivers, the Sabarmati and the Vatrak meet. The village of Vautha is small and has only 2000 inhabitants. Yet when this celebrated fair is on, the number of visitors may increase to an incredible 200,000. It is , in fact considered one of the largest of such fairs in Gujarat. 
Like most fair sites in India, this also has both mythological and current religious associations. The Vautha Mela site is 3 square miles in area. Legends hold that Kartik Swami or Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva, visited the site. This is why the fair is held during Kartika Purnima, the full moon site of Kartik, corresponding to November. The site, also known as Saptasangam, is at the confluence of seven rivers. In actual fact, the great Saptarishis or Seven Rishis stayed here for a while. These and other tales, lend the site an air of sanctity, which is enhanced by the fact that there are some famous temples there as well. The most important temple is the Shiva temple of Siddhanath.

The pilgrims who visit Vautha during the Fair hail from several communities and include farmers, laborers and people belonging to several castes. Although essentially a fair frequented by Hindus, even Muslims visit it in fairly large numbers. It lasts fro 2 or 3 days.
It the new temporary township at the fair site, visitors have a choice or serveral pastimes to indulge in.
However what is significant is that this is that only major animal trading fair in Gujarat, and certainly on a per with the famous camel fair at Pushkar in Rajasthan. Here, however , the animals traded are donkeys. About 4000 donkeys are brought every year for sale, usually by Vanjara traders.


The largest town is of course Ahmedabad, which is only 50 kms. away, but Dholka 26 kms away, is the nearest railway station. From Dholka, one may travel by State Transoport bus to the site. During the fair, special buses ply between Vautha and other towns nearby.

Calendar of Events

Year 2001 2002
Month Nov Nov
Dates 1st to 4/5 2oth to 23/24