Bateshwar Fair is one of the popular fairs in Uttar Pradesh. This fair begins on the day of Shashthi in the month of Kartik and ends on Panchmi in the month of Agrahayan. It corresponds to Christen's month October-November. Bateshwar Fair is known mostly for selling and purchasing of horses and camels, approximately 45 thousands horses and camels are thronged at Bateshwar. Bateshwar Fair is held in its place at a distance 70 km far from Agra and it visited by millions of people every year.
Like Pushkar fair of Rajasthan, Bateshwar Fair is also well-known for its sacred River Yamuna. By taking a dip in sacred River Yamuna, devotees acquire salvation from sins and evils. After that devotees go offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. After that they visit the fair which is held with a lot of fanfare. Owners as well as buyers perform serious business combined with the gaiety of a market place. Assorted folks based cultural programs are also organized in this fair.
Bateshwar is named after the presiding deity of the region, Bateshwar Mahadeo. Despite of being small place, Bateshwar is famous for its magnificent temples excluding 108 temples dedicated to the gods and goddess of the Hindu pantheon. During the cattle fair devotees assemble here in a large numbers to worship lord Shiva and get salvation by taking a sacred dip in the River Yamuna.
A number of people of this area of Braj believe that there are over a hundred temples in this area, most of them dedicated to Lord Shiva. Even as it is difficult to select among the several temples, devotees with limited time should make it a point to visit the major temple dedicated to Bateshwarnath. In this temple, constructed by Raja Badan Singh, the statue is shielded by a shimmering metal serpent. In addition Panchmukheshwar with it's five faced idol, and the Patleshwar and Jageshwar temples with still discernible painting on their ceilings.