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International Lavi fair being organised in Himachal Pradesh

The four-day-long International Lavi fair is being organised in Rampur district of Shimla, Himanchal Pradesh from 11 to 14 November 2019. It was inaugurated by Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya. The governor also inaugurated ‘Kinnauri market’ and an exhibition organised by various government departments.

About International Lavi fair

The Lavi Fair, is almost 400 years old and dates back to time when Raja Kehari Singh of Rampur Bushahr state signed a treaty to promote trade with Tibet. For centuries this fair has remained an important trade fair between India and Tibet. It has been a unique example of glorious, social, cultural, economic history and legacy of Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh.

Every year, the main attraction during the fair is sale and purchase of Chamurthi horses– an endangered species of horse which traces its origin to the Tibet region. Chamurthi horses  are also known as the ‘ship of the cold desert’.

The Lavi fair has its own historical importance and is famous not only for trading activities but also for its age old long traditions, which even today remains as vibrant as ever. It plays an important role in preserving the rich cultural heritage of state and restoring old glory.

The fair provided a good opportunity for promotion and sale of woollens, dry fruits and other traditional crafts and products, besides benefiting the traditional craftsmen and farmers. Such trade fairs also provide self-employment opportunities to the rural people.

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019

The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru of Sikhs, is celebrated every year on Kartik Purnima as Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guru Parva or Prakashotsav or Prakash Parv. It is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism and is celebrated all over the world. This year Prakash Parv will take place on 12 November and will mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.

As part of celebrations of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, India and Pakistan inaugurated Kartarpur Corridor for Shri Darbar Sahib on 9 November 2019. Thereby Indian Sikh devotees will for the first time pay obeisance at the feet of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan through the corridor.

Kartarpur Corridor Significance

Guru Nanak Dev had a special attachment with Kartarpur. Thus the gurudwara built here is known as Shri Darbar Sahib Kartarpur or Kartarpur Sahib has a great importance in Sikhism. . Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is built at the place where he died.

Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara: It falls in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. Guru Nanak Dev lived in Kartarpur for last 18 years of his life and finally died here. He built Kartarpur on the banks of river Ravi. It is the second holiest site in Sikhism after the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev in Talwandi in Pakistan, now known as Nankana Sahib, which is the first sacred site for Sikhs.