Hooghly, 14 January (H.S.). Jaidev fair started on Friday with the holy place of Makar Sankranti on the banks of Ajay river in Jaidev Kenduli village under Jaidev Panchayat of Ilambazar block of Birbhum district. Due to Corona, this time there has not been a public meeting of people in the fair as before. The corona protocol is being strictly followed in the fair.
This fair is organized around the Radhavinod temple on the banks of the Ajay river. Along with the Corona Center in the fair, check points have also been made at many places. State’s Small Industries and Textiles Minister and local MLA Chandranath Sinha said that this time the administration has decided to organize the fair on a small scale following the Corona protocol. This has been done to maintain the tradition. He told that it is mandatory to come wearing a mask in the fair. People coming from outside are not allowed to take bath in Ajay river.
It is noteworthy that during the 12th and 13th centuries, Jayadeva was the court poet of King Lakshman Sen. He composed the Gita Govinda in Sanskrit. It was due to Jayadeva’s efforts that Kenduli had become a cultural center at that time and a large number of monasteries were established here. Later in the year 1683, Maharani Brij Makishori of Burdwan established the Radhavinod temple of Jayadeva here. Since then every year a fair is organized here on the day of Makar Sankranti.