The twenty seventh edition of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela ended on 15 February 2013 at Surajkund in Faridabad (Haryana). The mela lasted for fifteen days from 1 February to 15 February 2013, presented a kaleidoscopic perspective of the rich Indian culture.
Facts related to the 27th edition of the meal are as follows:
• The 27th edition of the mela carried Karnataka as its main theme and the theme was selected after a gap of 18 years.
• Craftsmen from SAARC nations participated for the first time under one roof in the history of mela
• Craftsmen from Eurasian countries like Tajikistan, Uzbekistan & Kyrgystan also displayed their handicrafts and handicrafts during the mela
About Surajkund Mela
Surajkund Mela, for the first time was held in 1987 and since then the colorful traditional craft festival is held from 1 February to 15 February every year on the onset of spring season. The annual fair helps in showcasing the finest handlooms, handicrafts, authentic fragrances and flavours of rich Indian cuisines. State as well as National awardees artisans from every corner of India participate in the mela.
Every year the mela is organised based on the theme of a particular state of India that is chosen as the state of the year. Complete mela carries the look of the selected state
Surajkund and its Significance
The name Surajkund means Lake of the Sun and the area lies in the backdrop of Aravalli hills. The area was built by the ruler of Tomar Dynasty, Suraj Pal in tenth century. The place holds a historic sun temple of tenth century. Surajkund being a historical place is also included in the list of Haryana Tourism department.