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Pushkar TravelEvery November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar
in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of
The occasion : Pushkar Fair
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.
Ground in the month of Kartik (November month) with bedecked Camels, decorated
cattle's, adventures 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.
of a marvelous juxtaposition of commerce and devotion, Pushkar Fair, a lifetime
experiences in the very 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 who travel to Pushkar 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.
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
more powerful than before.
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, it is the world's largest camel fair.
Talking about Pushkar Fair the most striking feature is the cattle competitions.
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 sees 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 camels back and usually fall down! Of course! The camel that accommodates
the maximum number of people on its back wins the competition.
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 jewelry 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!
The colorful culture
of Rajasthan comes alive in the form of the folk lores, 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 travel in Pushkar besides the celebrations
of the Pushkar Fair the town of Pushkar offers several places of travel and 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
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 for Pushkar travel is
considered to be the Kartik Purnima.
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