24 July, 2014 / Ramazan 25, 1435

The Jhiri mela

Farmers in huge numbers from all over India gather to pay tribute to the 'Samadhi' or tomb of legendary farmer Baba Jit Mal, popularly known as Baba Jitu. According to legend, the fair is held in memory of Baba Jitu, an honest farmer who killed himself since he was not prepared to submit to the unjust demands of a landlord who wanted him to part with his crop.

A Hindu devotee holds his son while dipping him into a holy pond during the annual Jhiri Fair at Kanachack village on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. ? Photo by AP
A Hindu devotee holds his son while dipping him into a holy pond during the annual Jhiri Fair at Kanachack village on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. ? Photo by AP
Indian Hindu devotees smear themselves with mud before taking a holy dip during the annual farmers fair at Shama Chak Jhiri,  some 22kms from Jammu on November 28, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Indian Hindu devotees smear themselves with mud before taking a holy dip during the annual farmers fair at Shama Chak Jhiri, some 22kms from Jammu on November 28, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Jhiri Mela is actually an annual Fair held in Jammu during October - November. ? Photo by AFP
Jhiri Mela is actually an annual Fair held in Jammu during October - November. ? Photo by AFP
Jhiri Mela in Jammu symbolizes courage, honesty and compassion. ? Photo by AP
Jhiri Mela in Jammu symbolizes courage, honesty and compassion. ? Photo by AP
It also upholds the values, customs and culture of the Indians. ? Photo by AP
It also upholds the values, customs and culture of the Indians. ? Photo by AP
Jhiri Mela in Jammu also brings in a festive mood that is almost incomparable to any other festival of its kind. ? Photo by AP
Jhiri Mela in Jammu also brings in a festive mood that is almost incomparable to any other festival of its kind. ? Photo by AP
It is supposed to rejuvenate the mood of the people and offer them some amount of rest and relaxation from the humdrum of their daily lives. ? Photo by AP
It is supposed to rejuvenate the mood of the people and offer them some amount of rest and relaxation from the humdrum of their daily lives. ? Photo by AP

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