Mela Patt, Bhaderwah
Bhaderwah is a region of fairs and festivals in Jammu. Its fairs and festivals have profoundly enriched the culture of the people. During these days people, irrespective of caste, creed participate in it in large numbers. “Mela Patt” having medieval origin occupies position among the fairs of Doda District. This is the daytime fair celebrated at “Khakhal”, a centrally located place in the township....
Bhaderwah is a region of fairs and festivals in Jammu. Its fairs and festivals have profoundly enriched the culture of the people. During these days people, irrespective of caste, creed participate in it in large numbers. “Mela Patt” having medieval origin occupies position among the fairs of Doda District. This is the daytime fair celebrated at “Khakhal”, a centrally located place in the township of Bhaderwah. The celebration is unique and historically traditional festival starts on the fifth day immediately after “Kailash Yatra” that is on the day of “Vinayak Chuturthi” or “Patharchoth”.
Initiation of Mela Patt dates back to the sixteenth century when Akbar the great, was much impressed by the miraculous spiritual power of Raja Nagpal, the ruler of Bhaderwah Principality, at the Mughal Court, attributed to the blessings of the serpent God Nag Raj Vasuki. On the evening of “Patharchoth” or “Vinayak Choth” the “Jahari” (the conical metallic pot) is carried by a representative belonging to Raj-purohit family in Bhaderwah. The calmness of the dark starry night is broken with slogans, “Jai Bolo Nagae Basik Ki Jai, Phir Bolo Sanchae Durbar ki Jai,” The procession passes through the Main Bazars of the town. It concludes at the Vasuki Dhera Temple. Next morning after routine worship in the Temple, the Jahari moves to the house of Rajgurus' in Mohalla Khakhal. The team of selected person of the locality called “Dashan” prepare the traditional “Patt Jhanki.” The patt, a heavy load of conical shape with Jahari on the top decently decorated with marigold flowers garlands and ‘Haraii' adorned with hundreds of cloth – pieces of gorgeous colours is now ready for exhibition.
With the break of dawn on Nag Panchami i.e. Rishi Panchmi a devoted person carries this “Patt” on his head in a procession led by the ‘Chela' (Mystic Man) of the deity and the musicians proceed to “Ganesh Math” for paying homage to God. “Ganpati” then the procession reaches the compound of the Vasuk Dhera Temple. The Traditional dance is performed before the Naga Deity and this procession later, concludes at the house of Rajgurus in Khakhal. The devotees throng there to have Darshan of “Patt” and pay their homage to Nag Raj Basuki and Raja Nagpal.
The details of activities are as below:-
Local Folk Dance
Chela' (Mystic Man)
Traditional “Patt Jhanki
Directorate of Tourism Jammu & Development Authority Bhaderwah and District Administration Doda
CEO, BDA, Mr Navdeep Wazir
Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Bhadewah
How to reach
The nearest airport is Jammu Air port,
which is 210 KMs away.
The nearest convenient railway station is Udhumpur Railways Station,
which is 140 KMs away.
The nearest major city is Bhaderwah,
which is 0KMs away.