Sunday, 8 April 2012

Pushkar Camel Fair



For five days leading up to and including the full moon of Karika,(usually November) the small Rajasthan oasis town of Pushkar plays host to thousands of devotees, traders, tourists and performers. There are actually two events in this annual fair, as the full moon of Kartika is also the most auspicious time for Hindu to bathe in the holy lake of Pushkar while on the outskirts of the town is a camel fair that attracts people and traders from all over Rajasthan.
According to ancient texts, Pushkar came into existence when Lord Brahma the creator dropped a lotus flower to earth in order to kill a demon. At the three places where the lotus petals landed in the middle of the desert, lakes were formed and on the shores on the largest lake, a gathering of 900,000 celestial beings was held.

The anniversary of this gathering is the full moon phase during October/November every year. A bathe in Pushkar Lake at this time is said to cleanse the soul of impurities.
With the harvest season over and a little bit of cash in their pockets the villagers enjoy a well deserved week of fesivities with sideshows and all the fun of the fair.

Camels and cattle are meticulously groomed before being presented for sale and competitions abound for such things a the best decorated beast, a tug of war between villagers and tourists, and even a mustache competition!


Pushkar Camel Fair offers visitors to India a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with Rajasthan people and culture while enjoying all the fun of the fair.


Best time to go:


The best time to visit the Camel Fair grounds is early morning before the dust of the day, the light is good for photography and people are at their most relaxed, you may have to turn down numerous offers of breakfast or chai!

Holy Lake
Out of respect for the prilgrims, please do not take photographs on the ghat. Its easy enough to find a discrete spot from which to take photos from a distance.
Shoes are not to be worn on the ghats withing 15 feet of the holy Lake and women should dress conservatively.
Shoes should be removed when crossing the bridge.

See:

Brahma Temple
The only temple in India dedicated to the creator Brahma.
Rose GardensPushkar is surrounded by rose farms, the flowers are grown for supply to the puja market and are used in rose water, perfumes and a medicinal rose jam.
Pushkar Lake
According to ancient texts, Pushkar came into existence when Lord Brahma the creator dropped a lotus flower to earth in order to kill a demon. At the three places where the lotus petals landed in the middle of the desert, lakes were formed and on the shores on the largest lake, a gathering of 900,000 celestial beings was held.
The anniversary of this gathering is the full moon phase during October/November every year. A bathe in Pushkar Lake at this time is said to cleanse the soul of impurities.

Dates for Pushkar Camel Fair
2012  November 18 - 27th
2013  November 7 - 16th

Tip:
Care should be taken with your belongings. Pickpockets arrive from all points out of Pushkar and even locals have been robbed during this time. If someone helpfully points out that you have dirt on your clothes or shoes, do not stop or put down your belongings to deal with this. This is a common trick designed to distract people while their belongings are ripped off.
While the religious festival peaks at the full moon, the Camel Fair is all but over. Try to get there a few days before the full moon so you can experience both sides of this internationally famed festival.
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3 comments:

  1. Pushkar is very famous destination and every one knows that pushkar fair and pushkar lake is important attraction , Brahma temple is also very famous. Here are many hotels also available and they are providing very nice service, like hotels in Pushkar is very famous near by pushkar.

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  3. Pushkar is one of the most amazing and visiting pilgrimage place in Rajasthan. Foreigners are crazy to discover the colors of pushkar and they do enjoy the pushkar festival. World’s largest Camel fair is organized in pushkar. No pilgrimage of Hindu pilgrim is compete till a holy deep in Pushkar Lake. Discover the colors, and festival charm with Pushkar Tour.

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