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Pushkar Fair


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Pushkar : The sacred Brahma land
The Legendary city- Pushkar
"Heavenly strings let loose....... And play a cosmic muse."
Pushkar Fair - RajasthanThe land of spiritual wonder is indeed the most relevant of all the Hindu pilgrimages.Pushkar is among the five dhams or pilgrimages that are held in high esteem by Hindus, the others being Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka. It is said that in battle lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and landed in three places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprang up. According to legends, Pushkar Lake was surrounded by 500 temples and 52 palaces (several rajas and maharajas maintained palaces here for pilgrimage) at one point. The Brahma temple is the most important temple here and is, in fact, the only Brahma temple of India.


Location
In the heart of spirituality, Flows eternal faith.........
The small and beautiful town of Pushkar is set in a valley just about 14 km off Ajmer in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair which is globally famous and attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of the world.


Pushkar Fair - 2008

The celebration of faith, As truth always triumphs.
Pushkar Fair Tours - Rajasthan, IndiaEvery November ,the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, As per the Indian calendar the fair is held in the first lunar cycle in the month of Kartik culminating on the Kartik poornima (Full moon). The last four days of the fair are considered as the holiest occasion for all the believers in Hinduism. India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: Pushkar Fair. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar.The Pushkar Fair, a major tourist attraction draws people from all over the globe to the ancient and secluded environment of Pushkar town.
Camel Fair
Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair. An interesting part of the Pushkar Fair is the mass trading of camels. Of course, cattle and other livestock are also traded, but it's camels that hold center stage at Pushkar. Camel-traders and villagers from miles away converge to Pushkar with their humped beasts. Over 25,000 camels (on the conservative side) are traded; making this world's largest camel fair.
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The Holy Snan
The culmination :
Pushkar Fair - Rajasthan Kartik Purnima, the day of ritual oblation , is also the closing day of the world's most colourful festivals. Bathing begins at dawn. There is quite a scramble for getting a place on the bathing ghats. The famed waters of the Pushkar Lake wash away the sins of a lifetime. Fifty-two ghats bind the lake. During the days of the mela, the otherwise tranquil lake is engulfed with religious fervor. Thousands of devotees collect to take a dip, sadhus descend from the Himalayas and people pray for salvation to the sound of verses from the Holy Scriptures, which fill the air.The place simply teems with the devotees and the holy men or sages in various garbs who come to the temple (Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir) to pray and take a holy dip in the sacred waters of the Pushkar Lake. Apart from the religious rituals and festivities, people participate in a number of cultural and sporting events.

"It is believed that for five days every year, all the gods visit Pushkar and bless the devout. This accounts for the unbelievable number of devotees who flock to the lake to wash away their sins."


The Brahma Temple
The Brahma Temple is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus. It is located in the Pushkar valley which lies beyond Nagaparvat and Anasagar lake. The most famous temple in Pushkar, this is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma ( the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology) in the entire country.


Other temples
The other temples located in Pushkar are; Savitri Temple, Rangji Temple, Warah Temple, Apteshwar Temple.

Events
Pushkar Camel Fair - Rajasthan, IndiaRaces and competitions are organized. Camels lope across the sands sometimes throwing their riders on to the vast sands, amidst cheers and jeers from thousands of spectators. An interesting event is the camel beauty contest, where they are adorned and paraded. The camels preen before the crowds, enjoying every moment of the attention they get. Dance music and colorful shops spring up during this fair. Also on sale are mouth-watering traditional delicacies. Colorfully attired village folk enhance the fun of the occasion. A host of cultural event against the backdrop of this pretty setting is also organized including attractive puppet shows. Cattle auction and camel races are also a part of the festivities.
Shopping
The main market area in Pushkar has narrow lanes where small shops sell all types of souvenirs to be taken back home. One can purchase costume, jewelry, and embroidered fabrics, such as wall hangings and groovy shoulder bags.

Roadside Bazaar
On the roadside, stalls of all kinds are set up to sell a cornucopia of items. Almost every household is engaged in setting them up as the locals try to capitalize on the massive influx of people. It is impossible to drive around because of the large crowds. Either you hire a camel or you walk. In this aspect, it is truly a rural bazaar.


  Pilgrimage in India
Allahabad Amarnath Ayodhya Chitrakoot Gaumukh Mathura
Vaishno Devi Amritsar Kailash Mansarovar Rishikesh Dwarka Puri
Somnath Badrinath Kurukshetra Hatkoti Bhubaneshwar Shirdi
Madurai Rameshwaram Tirupati Renukaji Vrindavan Amravati
Baijnath Gangotri Ganapatipule Kanyakumari Kanchipuram Kangra
Thanjavur Udupi Kolkata Konark Kumbhakonam Omkareshwar
Pushkar Puttaparthi Sabarimala Ujjain Varanasi Yamunotri