Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity.
The Pulsating beats of vivid images of the Sacred Brahma land, Pushkar brings alive the rich tradition of Rajasthan enhancing the glory of the golden sand. Spectacular Fair Ground in the month of Kartik (November month) with bedecked Camels, decorated cattles, adventure competitions, breathtaking events, jostling rustic crowd, meditating sadhus, holy dip, vivid stalls, exotic fair, colorful desert, so typical, so obvious, It can be nothing else but Pushkar Fair.
An amalgamation of a marvelous juxtaposition of commerce and devotion, Pushkar Fair, a lifetime experience in this Holy Land. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair. But it is much more than that. It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do! In dazzling style and colors.
It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world. The function of Brahma - creating the world - has been completed, while Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) still have relevance to the continuing order of the universe. Brahma is also a God of the Aryan invaders and during Vedic times his cult temporarily displaced the more ancient indigenous Shiva and Shakti cults. With the passing of the period of major Aryan influence, these deities reemerged in a more powerful manner than before.
Tourist Attractions during the Pushkar Fair
The Pushkar fair is synonymous to the cattle fair. So there are camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep; all decked up to be sold and purchased. The proud cattle owners throng Pushkar, traveling across the golden sands of the various places in Rajasthan. There is bargaining, presence of several popular breeds and the parading of the well bred, highly decorated cattle. As is believed about Pushkar Fair is the world's largest camel fair.
Talking about Pushkar Fair the most striking feature is the cattle competition. Imagine the entire limelight on beautifully decorated cattle when they race their ways into the audiences' heart or the manner in which they play musical chairs. The Pushkar Fair watches the best-bedecked camel in parade winning the beauty contest. But the most hilarious competition of all makes large numbers of people sit on the camel’s back and usually fall down! Of course! The camel that accommodates the maximum number of people on its back wins the competition.
Stalls and Shopping
During the Pushkar Fair the numerous make shift stalls offer a variety of items for the cattle and humans. For cattle there are items ranging from saddles, saddle-straps and beads to strings of cowries. With so many women around at the Pushkar Fair can the jewellery and the garment stalls be far! Check out the colorfully clad women buying silver ornaments, bead necklaces from Nagaur and garments of patchwork, printed textiles from Ajmer and tie 'n' die. That is not the end of fashion at the Pushkar Fair; there are beautiful body tattoos that you can get made as per your choice!
The colorful culture of Rajasthan comes alive in the form of the folklores, music and dance performances besides the captivating turbans of the men. The bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry. Cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Pushkar Fair. Other Must Visits in Pushkar
Besides the celebrations of the Pushkar Fair the town of Pushkar offers several places of tourist interest too like its temples, Pushkar Lake and ghats.
Pushkar boasts of the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma thus a visit to the Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir is a must. Then there is the Savitri temple on the hilltop you must take the hour-long trek to the temple that offers a spectacular view of the Pushkar Lake. The Varah temple, Mahadeva temple and the Ramavaikunth temple are the other must visits in Pushkar. Here it is noteworthy that all the gods are believed to revisit Pushkar during the fair and bless their devotees.
Lake and Ghats
The sacred Pushkar Lake is believed to wash away the sins of a lifetime, cure several diseases and even bestow salvation! No doubt pilgrims travel from far to take a dip in the magical waters of the Pushkar Lake. There are as many as fifty-two bathing ghats that run down the Pushkar Lake that sees the devotees offering coconuts, flowers and cash to the lake and the priests.
In the evenings the Pushkar lake is flooded with lighted earthen lamps that float on the holy waters like twinkling stars and offer a spectacular sight. The most auspicious day to be at Pushkar is considered to be the Kartik Purnima.
How To Reach Pushkar
The holy city of Pushkar is well connected with the other cities. The nearest airport happens to be in Jaipur at a distance of 146 kilometers. You may take a flight to Jaipur and then drive to Pushkar. Then there is the railhead at Ajmer just 11 kilometers from Pushkar. The National Highway Number 132 links Pushkar with Ajmer through road too. Ajmer in turn is well connected with destinations like Jaipur and Delhi both through road and rail.
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Important Travel Information In case you are planning to be a part of the Pushkar fair 2013 it is noteworthy that this year, the Pushkar Fair is being celebrated from the November. Take care of the temperature variations that are experienced at Pushkar, the days are hot while the evenings and the nights are cold. Though now you may know much about Pushkar Fair but the fabulous Fair definitely needs to be experienced to be enjoyed!
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