Amazing photographs of amazing Koliyak fair 2010 inside the sea

Amazing photographs of amazing Koliyak fair 2010 inside the sea
By Yashpal Chauhan
Bhavnagar, DeshGujarat, 8 September, 2010

A Hatha Yogi has buried his face in sea sand. The people offer him donation.

In another picture there is Gujarat Minister Purushottam Solanki sitting with Naga Baba with ash on his body. Solanki is popular in this area. He hosts all food facility without cost during the Koliak fair due to personal faith in this festival and Lord Shiv.

Ladies in traditional cloths taking bath in the sea water which is considered auspicious this day.

Just before three days, two ladies drawn in sea water died at Koliak, after which the district police had deployed special cops with ability to swim during the fair here on Wednesday. They were dressed in life jacket. Also visible in this group of photos , a Shivalinga which is the core part of the festival.

Thousands of people walking towards the sea to enjoy the fair. Also seen in this group of pictures is a wide view of the fair inside the sea.

More on Koliyak fair

On the last day of auspicious month of Shravan, nearly two lakh people take holy bath in the water of the Arabian sea at Koliyak village, 28 km from Bhavnagar in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region.

A Nishkalank Mahadev Shiv Mandir is located at this place right in the middle of the sea. People rush to the Shiv Ling that arise from the sea. It is said that Pandavas established Nishkalank or Nakalank Mahadev on a new moon night of the Indian calendar month of Bhadarva.

A Shiv Linga of god Shankar was established on an island, over the sea about 3 km to the east of Koliyak. This temple can be reached only at specific day and time. It has to be noted that the place gets inundated under the tide so the visitors should leave the place before 1.00 pm.

The event also coincides with traditional fair, wherein thousands of village communities participate.

This year devotees of all age groups, including children, began to throng koliyak converting it into a vibrant, lively and humming spot by afternoon. State transport organized extra trips to the village for ferrying passengers from Bhavnagar bus station. Even other transport vehicles plied by private operators did a brisk business.

Given above are the photos clicked by our photoshooter Yashpal Chauhan in 2010 fair.