The Chappar Mela is a regional carnival of Chhapar village in Ludhiana distrct, Punjab. The Chaapar mela is commemorate the memorial of Guga Pir, a Chauhan Rajput by origin who has a sacred shrine, Gugge Di Marhi at the place, built in 1890.
Time to Celebrate:
The fair is held on th 14th day of the month Bhadon of Hindu Calendar which occurs mostly in September every year.
(month of 15 August-13 September as per Hindu Calendar)
The Chappar Mela originated as a small gathering of locals to worship snake embodiment of Guga 150 years ago has emerged as a mega festival in the past three decades. This weeklong fair is organised on Anand Chaudas, to honour the Gugga Pir who has descended into the bosom of Mother Earth along with his steed, and never returned. He is said to possess special powers over all kinds of snakes. On the day the fair begins, villagers scoop out earth seven times, invoking Gugga Pir to protect them against snakes. This shrine is believed to cure people of snakebites.
The legend narrates a story of a boy and a snake born together in an agricultural family of Chhapar village. The serpent and the boy were so intimate that if one suffered a pain the other used to cry. One day the mother of the child went to the fields after laying him on a cot. To save him from the scorching sun, the snake stretched its hood over him. Mistaking that the snake is going to bite the child, a passerby killed it with a stick. The child also died immediately after the death of the snake that left the family in sorrow. The family was advised by the elders to perform religious ceremonies to worship Guga and Sidh and a he-goat was left free to mark the place of worship by striking at a particular place.