the staffs of Khaires of Supa, Holams of Sangamner and the Holkars of Indore enjoy
precedence. When all the staffs are gathered together in the courtyard of the temple, the
staff are raised up so as to reach the shikhar of the shrine. As soon as this rite is over
the trek downwards starts. Literally hundreds of staffs, small and big are brought by
various families and places. All along several musical instruments like tasha, marpha,
sanai, dapha are blaring a queer symphony: halad, the yellow powder is sprinkled so much
that everything, the faces, ornaments, dresses, palanquins, even the street becomes
yellow. The dances of muralis provide the entertain- ments that would be still required.
There are certain additional features to some of thesefestivals.
For example, on the occassion of the
Pausha-yatra a very big market for donkeys is held near the plains of the Jejuri hills.
Merchants all the way from Saurashtra trek down to this bazar with large flocks of
donkeys. Hundreds of these animals change hands during the yatra and it is perhaps the
biggest donkey- exchange held in western Maharashtra.