बटेश्वर (Bateshwar) is situated at a distance of 70 km from Agra (Uttar Pradesh) on the bank of river Yamuna. Bateshwar is one of the oldest towns with a rich history. It is one of the important spiritual and cultural center in India. Bateshwar is known for the 101 Shiv temples situated on the banks of Yamuna and Shaouripur.
The 22nd Tirthankar lord Neminath was born in Shaouripur. This area attracts jain tourists as well. This small town of Bateshwar is major place of tourist attraction for Hindus and Jains which provides a peace of mind far from the busy life of the city.
Bateshwar is the ancestral village of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee's first exposure to politics was in August 1942, when he and his elder brother Prem were arrested at Bateshwar for 23 days during the Quit India movement.
Bateshwar Fair and Cattle/Animal Fair
Every year a large cattle fair is held at Bateshwar in the month of October and November (the exact dates depends on the lunar calendar and vary each year). It coincides with the most auspicious period for praying at Bateshwar and is an important fixture for saints, sadhus, tradesmen and villagers alike. The fair attracts large numbers of Camels, Horses, oxen, elephants, goats, and other cattle, as well as a multitude of tradesmen selling everything from traditional cooking utensils and spices to locally made furniture, handicrafts and cosmetics.
The fair provides a colourfu vibrant and entirely authentic glimpse of rural Indian life. Bateshwar fair is one of the largest fairs in Northern India. It stands similar in style and magnitude as compared to the Pushkar Fair in Rajsthan. This fair usually starts few days prior to Deepawali(a festival of lights) for a period of almost three weeks. The first week has the animal fair starting with cattle followed by the camels and horses and ending with the donkeys and goats. And in the last week the village fair starts with a multitude of shops and fair ground rides and other attractions as well as special ceremonies in the temples.