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PUSHKAR FAIR (20 To 28 November, 2012)

12. October 2012 by Admin 0 Comments

PUSHKAR FAIR 2012

 the world's major camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. A spotlight of one's holiday in India, the festival hosts approximately 50,000 camels which are sold, festooned, shaved and raced. From a simple 14,000 to a huge 200,000! This is how the population of Pushkar swell during the Pushkar Camel Fair.

PUSHKAR FAIR (20 To 28 November, 2012)

Pushkar Camel Fair is an occasion for all villagers from which is far and near to gather together and enjoys a welcome break from their cruel life of the dry desert. The village women clothing in their best colourful clothes and finery for the five-day mela. Pushkar Camel Fair is an great occasion for Hindus pilgrims to join 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 horses that march to this site find the sand-trot a feel work out. various cows and sheep also come to the animal fair. finishing the scene thousands of men, women and children, come with their beasts, suddenly inhabiting the barren plain with the camel providing the backdrop. On the wayside, stalls of all kinds are set up to sell a large amount of items. Almost families are engaged in setting them up as the locals try to capitalize on the massive influx of people.

Womenfolk are more attracted to the impressive wares in the stalls under canopy. The large variety of intricate silver ornaments - hairpin and chains, nose pins and neckbands, waistbands, anklets, toe rings and the ivory bangles worn from wrist to shoulder - would send any woman on a buying spree. The clothing stalls, in no way less colourful, sell high style upper garments of patchwork and tie 'n' die. Tattoo stalls give many women beauty marks that last a lifetime. Whoever said that the simple are not fashionable!

For the visitor, Pushkar Camel Fair is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place.

 
Legends of Pushkar Fair        

PUSHKAR FAIR (20 To 28 November, 2012)

Pushkar has the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country. Myth says that Lord Brahma was on his way to search for a appropriate place to perform a 'Yagna' while contemplating, a lotus fell from his hand on the earth and water sprouted from that place. One of them was Pushkar where Lord Brahma performed "Yagna". devotion of Brahma was careful highly important at the end of the first millennium BC. The holy lake has 52 ghats and pilgrim taking a ritual dip in the lake is a common sight. Although a serene town, Pushkar bustles with life during the joyous festivity held on Kartik Purnima. Every year thousands of devotees throng the lake around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October-November to take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake. Huge and colorful Camel Fair "The Pushkar Fair", is also held during this time. Pushkar fair is well-known for it's camel trading and other attractive activities.



 

Special Attractions of Pushkar

Cultural shows and exhibitions are also organized in this Camel Fair to enliven the event. Movies are shown, competitions are arranged, bards and poets recite and sing tales of valor and heroism of bygone days.

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. Over 25,000 camels (on the conservative side) are traded; making this world's largest Camel Fair.

Races and competitions are organized. Camels lope across the sands sometimes throwing their riders on to the vast sands, amidst cheers and jeers from thousands of spectators. An interesting event is the camel beauty contest, where they are adorned and paraded. The camels preen before the crowds, enjoying every moment of the attention they get.

Competitions such as the "Matka Phod", "moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main attractions of this Pushkar Camel Fair which attract thousands of tourists.

Body tattooing is yet another favorite activity. The profusion of colors that run riot in the desert sand, the glee and the contagious enthusiasm of the village folk are a unique experience for every visitor.

 

Highlights of Pushkar

PUSHKAR FAIR (20 To 28 November, 2012)


Camel trading, folk performances, body tattooing, ethnic shopping, puppet shows, acrobatics, best breed contest, moustache competition, bridal competition etc.

Best Time to Visit Pushkar: - October to March

»             Reasons to visiting the Pushkar Fair!!!   

»             Pushkar Fair is the world's largest Camel Fair.

»             Pushkar offers around 400 temples to see.

»             You'll visit the only Brahma Temple in the world.

»             You'll see the Holy Pushkar Lake with 52 ghats surrounding it.

»             You can participate in numerous cultural activities during Pushkar Camel Fair

»             Ethnic shopping items from all over the state are on sale.

»             It's a rare combination of religious and cultural vibrancy in Rajasthan.

»             You can interact with tribal folks and understand their culture.

 

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