ॐ लक्ष्मयै नमः ॥
Baelvana Fair is celebrated every year in the village named Jahangirpur on the other side of Yamuna in the month of Pausha (December-January) in the Braj Mandal. It is celebrated on every Thursday of the Pausha month. During this festival pilgrims from different parts of country come to the Braj Mandal to pay their offerings to Goddess Lakshmi who is the primary deity of Baelvana. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides at this pious place of Baelvana performing severe austerities to enter the transcendental pastime of Rasa-dance. According to scriptures, once when Goddess Lakshmi heard from Narada muni about the glories and exceptional description of Lord Krishna’s Rasa-Lila with the gopis (cowherd maidens), she could not resist her anxiety to relish the pastime of Rasa-lila with Lord Krishna. But as per the rules, only gopis were qualified to enter the Rasa-lila due to their selfless service and love for Lord Krishna, so Goddess Lakshmi could not enter the Rasa-lila despite being the goddess of Fortune.
Being the goddess of fortune, Goddess Lakshmi was not at all willing to perform the simple tasks such as; milking cows, and preparing butter etc. like the Braj gopis (cowherd maidens), so she decided to stay at Baelvana performing severe austerities in order to have the honour to enter the rasa-lila being performed across the river Yamuna. And, according to the beliefs, Goddess Lakshmi is still performing the austerities at this place to have the boon to enter the pious Rasa-lila pastime. Thus, every year on each Thursday in the month of Pausha (Narayana), devotees celebrate the fair at this place offering their prayers to Goddess Laxmi for the well being of their families and good fortune. During the fair the devotees offer the Prasad to the goddess of fortune and then distribute it among themselves and other pilgrims. Bhandara are organized during the fair by most of the people to feast the pilgrims free of cost. Thus the festival is celebrated with a great pomp and ends on the last Thursday of the month of Pausha with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi..