Highlights of Pushkar Fair
Date of Celebrations
- Rituals performed at Pushkar Lake
- Shopping for antique and traditional items
- Folk dance and music shows
- Puppet shows
- Camel trading
- Camel dance
- Camel best breed contest
- Camel races
Pushkar Fair is celebrated on full moon light in the month of November.
Royal Rajasthan is a land of Rajputs, dotted with number of exquisite palaces, forts and havelis. The traditional fairs and festivals of the state are cultural entourage to this enchanting desert city. Get a glimpse of Rajasthani rich culture and tradition in the celebrations of Pushkar Fair. Holy city of Pushkar gets packed with artists, acrobats, performers, traders, domestic and international tourist and camels on this special occasion. The event offers a golden opportunity to the visitors to feast their eyes with panoramic aspects of desert city. It is the world's largest cattle fair, hosting around 50,000 camels. The fair paints the real picture of rural Rajasthan, showcased in the cultural performances by local people.
The holy city has an interesting story related to the celebrations of Pushkar fair. According to myths, Lord Brahma was searching the most suitable place to perform 'Yagna'. While contemplating, a lotus fell from his hand on the earth and a splash of water sprouted from that place. Pushkar was one among them, where Lord Brahma performed 'Yagna'. Since then, Pushkar lake is considered to be holy and it is worshiped by the pilgrims.
The serene land of Puskhar turns out to be lively with Pushkar fair. On this auspicious occasion, devotees from far and near flock at sacred Pushkar lake to take a holy dip. The scenic charm of this lake comprises of 52 ghats, where the pilgrims take a holy bath. It is believed that all their sins get washed away by taking holy dip here.
Pushkar Camel Fair
World's most dazzling traditional gatherings marks camel trading and competition between camels. People enjoy the fair in sizzling style and colors. They get thrilled by enjoying the camel competition which includes best breed camel, best decorated camel, camel dance and camel race.
The fair gets more interesting and enjoyable with the cultural programmes. These shows enliven the event, displaying the cultural richness of this royal state. Various folk dances and musical performances entertain the visitors in the fair ground. The dramatizations of heroic legends of the land and puppet shows are the other interesting elements of the fair.
Shopping at Fair
Big and small stalls setup in the fair, are of great delight for the shopaholics. They can shop for exquisite souvenirs such as tie-and-dye and block print cotton clothes of Jodhpur and Ajmer, designer Jaipur jewelery, bead necklaces of Nagpur and brassware of Jodhpur.
The holy city allures the devotees from every corner of the world for its ancient temples. Pushkar boasts around 400 temples, the most important is dedicated to Lord Brahma – 'the creator of universe'. The Brahma temple is an important pilgrim centre for Hindu devotees, nestled in the Pushkar valley. Other temples holding a great religious significance in the city includes Rangji temple, Apteshwar Temple, Warah Temple and Savitri Temple.
Picturesque Pushkar lake is a semicircular lake, surrounded by 52 ghats. The sacred place is also referred as 'the King of the Trithas'. Several ghats run down to the lake, where pilgrims take a holy dip on the eve of Kartik Purnima, to attain salvation. On this auspicious occasion, the lake is engulfed with religious fervor. Major ghats around the lake includes – Gau, Bharatpur, Sikar, Kota, Yegh, Badri, Karni, Gangor, Surya, Nursing, Bara, Murli, Bangla, Cheer, Chandra, Dadeechi and Maharshi.