In Awe of the Bhimthadi Jatra
The Bhimthadi Jatra is a popular mega rural fair that provides a platform to rural artisans and self-help groups (SHGs) to showcase handlooms, handicrafts, food items and authentic Maharashtrian food made by several women-based organisations across the state. The Bhimthadi mission is to empower women, educate and train them to be entrepreneurs and provide them with a lucrative platform.
The Bhimthado Jatra is set up at Agriculture College Ground, Sinchan Nagar. The event is being organised by the Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati and is being be held from 10 am to 10 pm until Sunday, December 14. This is the ninth successive year of the rural carnival.
As soon as you enter the grounds, you can see colourful bullock carts that are available to offer rides to people. Entering the Bhimthadi Jatra, you will feel the essence of a typical rural life, with a replica of bullock carts, village artisans, rangoli and tulsi vrundavan. And you know you have reached the destination for your shopping-cum-food fiesta.
There are about 80 food stalls, 81 stalls that have packed food items and around 50 stalls of organic food due to the immense popularity of food items made by the self-help groups. Besides this, there are handicraft and artefacts displayed by rural artists. You will surely end up shopping till you drop! Each stall has something different for you to see. Some of them being hand woven Tusser silk from Bhandara in Vidarbha, Paithani saris from Yeola, handmade quilts, paper lamps, baskets and pen holders, jewellery, wooden carvings, salwaar kameez, kolhapuri chappals, tribal art and so much more.
One can also see a display of the famous 12 Balutedar, which are the essential elements of a typical village in the state of Maharashtra.
Moving along the grounds, there are artists performing their traditional folklore, depicting the culture and daily lives of the rural environment. You can also join them and they will teach you their moves with a cheerful smile on their faces.
The premises is a ‘No Plastic Zone’ and visitors have been requested to bring cloth bags along with them as the products will not be sold to them in either plastic or paper bags.
The traditional vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian mouth-watering dishes from rural Maharashtra are the major attraction of ‘Bhimthadi Jatra’. You have a variety of food options to choose from and it becomes extremely tough to decide on which stall you must stop at and grab something to eat. But I can definitely promise you that wherever you choose to eat, you will get the best service and delicious food!