The name Baneshwar is derived from the revered Shiva Linga which is kept in the Mahadev Temple in Dungarpur.”Beneshwar” means; the master of the delta in the local vagdi language and this name was given to the Shiva Linga. The Baneshwar fair is held at small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Pornima.
A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of tribal’s from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva. On Magh Shukla Ekadasi, the priest called the Mathadhish arrives at the fair site from Sabla, in huge procession. A 16 cms. Silver Image of Msbji on horseback is also brought here.
The Baneshwar fair in its present form is actually a merger of two fairs : one which used to be held in honors of Baneshwar Mahadev (Lord Shiva) and another fair which started after the construction of the Vishnu temple by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji, a highly revered saint considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu
Two disciples of Mavji named Aje and Vaje built the Lakshmi Narian temple near the confluence of rivers Som and Mahi. The pran-pratishtha ceremony of the idols was performed on Magh Shukla Ekadashi and since then, the fair is held on this day.
The priest called the Mathadish, arrives at the fair site from Sabha, in huge procession. A 16 cms. silver image of Mavji on horseback is also brought here. The river water supposedly becomes holier when the Mathadish takes a bath. Prayers are offered five times a day in the temples of Lakshmi-Narayana and Brahma. Brass gongs are struck at the time of aarti. During the fair, aarti of Mathadish is also performed and Raslila takes place at night in the Lakshmi Narayana temple.