Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan

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In the Hindu mythology Lord Brahma is known as the Creator of universe. There is only one temple of Lord Brahma in the world which is situated at Pushkar. The area is one of the sacred places for the Hindus, with nearly 400 temples. The vibrant and holy land of Pushkar, Rajasthan comes alive with the glistening colors of joys, vivacious events and huge crowds to relish the famous Pushkar fair. During the days of the mela, the otherwise tranquil lake is engulfed with religious fervor. Thousands of devotees congregate 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. A reflection of the ancient land of Rajasthan with its opulent traditional culture and the enthusiasm flowing through each event in the Pushkar Fair is truly awe-inspiring. The occasion is marked with a dip in the holy waters of Pushkar Lake and pay homage to the Hindu Deities.
 
Besides thousands of people going to the banks of the Pushkar Lake to take a holy dip, it is the same place where the fair takes place. Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats. 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. Thousands of camels are traded; making this world's largest camel fair.Since Pushkar is a religious place, alcohol and non-vegetarian food is prohibited.
 
The religious fervour is in display all around, equally touching men, women and children. Yet, the women can’t stop themselves from indulging in the compulsive buying for which they go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another. It is celebrated on the day Kartik Poornima (night of the full moon), the day, according to legend, which the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the lake, thus numerous people swim in the sacred water. The picturesque lake of Pushkar is set in a valley just about 13 kilometres northwest of Ajmer, surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth. Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair. Turbaned heads of men, and colorful veils and skirts of the women, bring alive the arid desertscape. The village women dress in their best clothes and finery for the five-day mela.
 
Tourist Places in Pushkar

Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir
Savitri Temple
Varah temple
Mahadeva Temple
Ramvaikunth Temple
Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Fair

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Pushkar is considered the ultimate pilgrimage as it is said that after visiting four spiritual places in the country, Pushkar has to be visited to attain salvation. Spiritual importance apart, Pushkar offers feast to your eyes and spirit to your minds with its stunning beauty and various entertainments.

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