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iXiGOers Oct 11 2013

All about the Pushkar Mela

Reet Cheema Nov 07 2013
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Every year, thousands of tourists are drawn to the city of Pushkar to be a part of one of the world's largest camel fairs held here during the Hindu month of Kartik known as Pushkar Fair or Kartik Mela.

The festival is one of the greatest tribal gathering in India where more than 50,000 camels are sold, decorated, shaved and raced. The gathering also portrays a marvelous mix of wonderful art and architecture from the old times, stirring the tourists with its awe-inspiring celebrations. The fair is filled with thrilling camel safari tours and other numerous cultural and musical events.


It is also an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoys a welcome break by getting involved in various fun and festive activities taking place here. Men are dressed in bright coloured turbans and have well kept moustaches, ears pierced with gold and silver rings while women dress in colorful Ghagra-Cholis and bright Coloured Odhnis with their ears, necks, arms and feet laden with chunky silver and gold jewellery.

There are Giant ferris wheels and open air theatres to offer amusement and an array of shops selling fascinating variety of goods. In the evening, people huddle round campfires listening to Rajasthani folk ballads.


When and how is Pushkar Mela celebrated?

The fair embarks in Kartik Shukal Ekadashi and falls in the month of October – November. This five day long fair is celebrated till five long days till the Kartik Purnima and holds the sole aim of trading cattle including camels, horses, cows, goats, sheep etc. Once the trading of cattle gets completed, they are then bred and decked up with beautiful clothes and dazzling ornaments for public display.


The full moon day is the main day when pilgrims take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay homage to the famous Brahma temple here. At dusk, hundreds of clay lamps lit on leaf boats are set afloat on the sacred Pushkar lake during the beautiful Deep Daan ceremony.

This year the Pushkar Fair or the Pushkar Mela will be held between 18th - 25th November 2015.

History and Legends of Pushkar

It is believed that Lord Brahma was on his way to search for a suitable site to perform a 'Yagna' (a fire ceremony) for which he threw a lotus flower and the flower struck at Pushkar. The water sprang up from there giving shape to sacred lake which was named Pushkar Lake and sacrifice (Yajna) was performed here on the bank of lake in the presence of Great sages and God and Goddess from the 11th to 15th day of lunar period of Kartik month.

The holy lake has 52 ghats and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims congregate for a holy bath at the Pushkar Lake to wash out their misdeeds and show respect to the only Brahma Mandir on the globe. A dip in the lake on this day implies washing away the sins. The water of the lake is believed to have healing properties.


Things to see and do in Pushkar

There are plenty of places to see in Pushkar that go on simultaneously with the Fair to keep the tourists as well as locals entertained. You can witness the Camel race where all the camels are decorated and the contest takes place in the vast, specially-built amphitheatre on the outskirts of the town amid loud music and cheers. Cultural shows and exhibitions are also organized in this Camel Fair to enliven the event.

Competitions such as the "Matka Phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main attractions of this Fair. Movies are shown, bards and poets recite and sing tales of valor and heroism of bygone days. Another interesting event that takes place is the camel beauty contest, where the camels are adorned and paraded. Body tattooing, puppet shows, acrobatics, best breed contests are other favorite activities that attract tourist from all over.

The Pushkar Fair has its own magic and it's a lifetime experience for travelers. Head here to experience the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan at one place!

Rahul Nanwani Nov 18 2015
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I want to visit this place. Thanks for the info.
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