Festivals are an important aspect of Chhattisgarh’s culture and heritage. In November 2000, the state was recognized as an independent state of India. It was previously a part of the Madhya Pradesh state. The population of Chhattisgarh is predominantly tribal. They celebrate various Fairs and festivals of Chhattisgarh with great pomp. Champaran Mela is an annual fair celebrated in Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh festivals are a reflection of the ethnic and pastoral culture of the local people of Chhattisgarh, mainly the tribal communities. The tribals of Chhattisgarh are simple and funny people. They perform their indigenous rituals to appease their local deities.
Champaran Mela is one of the festivals celebrated in Raipur. Raipur is the capital of the state of Chhattisgarh and is located almost in the centre of the state. In the 14th century, the city was established. Raipur is an industrially developed city but the traditional culture and heritage have not been destroyed. The Champaran Mela is actually a fair held at a place called Champaran. This yearly fair takes its name from the location where Champaran is celebrated, which is 56 kilometres from Chhattisgarh’s state capital. The fair at Champaran takes place in the month of Magh i.e. from January to February. This cultural fair of Champaran is very popular and many people from all over the state attend this fair. Mainly followers of Vaishnavism visit Champaran Mela.