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The novelty of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela is that one of the Indian states gets the honour to occupy the position of the Theme State each year. The Theme State was conceptualized broadly with a view to promote and focus on art, craft and cuisine of each state of India every year.

Uttar Pradesh is the Theme State for the 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2018. The Mela provides a rare opportunity to the Theme State to showcase its handicrafts, handlooms, performing arts, cuisine and its tourist potential to a vast cross-section of people in an impressive manner.

Vanya Dwar : Vanya Dwar eloquently represents the prominence of folk tradition and its inextricable relations with the Mother Nature. Uttar Pradesh, formidably placed at heart of India, is home to thriving flora and fauna which make the forest and wild life as unit, an essential part of people's existence.

Ayodhya Dwar : Ayodhya Dwar commemorates the legend of Bhagwan Rama and historical significance of Ayodhya : Bhagwan Rama, a central figure of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana, has been reversed since times immemorial as Maryada Purushottam-inspiring the social-cultural life of Indian where virtues like propriety, duty-fullness are still held in high esteem; the return of Bhagwan Rama to Ayodhya was celebrated with his coronation and the subsequent phases witnessed an ideal formation of governance based on just and fair rule, commonly known as Rama Rajya.

Awad Dwar : Inspired by the theme of Lucknow and cultural/historical legacy of the region, Awadh Dwar, brings to the fore, an essence of modern-day Lucknow's much-celebrated Sham-e-Awadh and Tehzeeb; the region of Awadh has been known as the cultural soul of India.

Sakya Muni : Bhagwan Buddha is one of the greatest souls to have ever walked on this planet in human history. All forms of Buddhism celebrate various events in the life of the Lord Buddha, including his birth, enlightenment, and passage into nirvana-Buddha Dwar at Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2018 celebrates the life evidences of Bhagwan Budha.

Bundelkhand Dwar : Bundlekhand Dwar showcases the indomitable valour and courage of Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi who protested against the annexation of her kingdom and fought valiantly till her last breath like a true patriot in the First War of Independence 1857 against the British.

Chaupal : Ayodhya, also known as Saketa, is an ancient city of India, believed to be the birthplace of Rama and setting of the epic Ramayana. Owing to the belief as the birthplace of Bhagwan rama, Ayodhya (awadh) has been regarded as one of the seven most important pilgrimage sites (Saptapuri) for hindus-it is believed that the birth spot of Rama was marked by a temple, the Chaupal (Stage) principally showcasesc it. 

Mini Chaupal : The anecdotes and narratives of Bhagwan Krishna a avatar of Lord Vishnu are titled as Krishna Leela. He is a central character in the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita. He is portrayed as agod-child, a prankster, a ideal lover, a divine hero and as the universal supreme being-his iconography will be reflected in these legends as Mini Chaupal, and shows him in different stages  of his life.

Kumbh Mela-Prayag : " An eternal life free of sins " is the promise that comes attached with the magnificent event of Kumbh Mela-it's a promise to which millions want to be bound with and it is this promise that has made Kumbh Mela what it is today and the New Chaupal showcases the same.

 

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