Vindhyavasini Jayanti Samaaroh, Vindhyachal

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Vindhyavasini Jayanti Samaaroh or festival is held to commemorate the day of birth of Vindhyavasini, the patron goddess of Vidhyanchal and also to celebrate the social, cultural and religious heritage of the region.

The festival was started by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1971 and is a great draw among the locals as well as the outsiders.

The festival also commemorates the life of Kajali, the daughter of King Kantit Naresh. It is believed that the princess was separated from her husband whom she loved very much. She spent her remaining life singing songs in his memory.

The festival attracts popular vocal artists and folk singers from the state. They sing, dance and present other performances in reverence to the goddess and draw appreciative applause from the huge audience. It is also believed that the Kajri form of music that was popularized by Begam Akhtar and other classical singers originated from this region.

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