Jhiri Mela

Jhiri Mela

Jhiri Mela is an annual fair held in Jammu during the month of October –November. The mela is a symbol of courage , honesty and compassion and proves to be strong rooted to add cultural value to the society. The history behind the origin of this mela is the legend of a farmer named Baba Jitto . He was ordered by his landlord to part from his crops and he considered it a prejudice as he had given his sweat and blood in order to reap the crops and benefits were all taken by Landlords and zimindars Seeing the injustice he committed suicide and people started worshipping him for his honesty and truthfullness and his sacrifice was respected by holding this fair.

The villagers and their descendants have been attending the annual fair to repent for partaking the blood strained grains and for not coming forward to support Baba Jitto. This Fair is a salute to the courage of a farmer, his sacrifice for the liberation of the farming community.

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