Location : Pushkar, Rajasthan
Months of Celebration : November
Period of Celebration : 12 days
Category : Culture
Upcoming Event : 2nd to 10th November, 2011
How to reach there : Buses from Ajmer and Mewar, train from Ajmer railway station
Pushkar Fair is celebrated in the town of Pushkar which is located near Ajmer, Rajasthan. Built amidst beautiful hills and charming sand-dunes, Pushkar is the home of the largest cattle fair that is characterized by the trading of camels and several other cultural activities.
Highlights of the Festival
Cattle Trading : The festival reflects art, craft, and culture of traditional Rajasthan. The main highlight of the Pushkar Fair is huge gathering of camels and other cattle that are brought to the location from other parts of the state. The colorful display of camels and their tricks attracts thousands of tourists every year. The enchanting spectacle of countless number of cattle including Camels, goats, sheep, and bulls is fascinating. The saddled cattle are sold and brought by the traders and local people. Several competitions of camels are held in which these animals are adorned with embroidered saddlecloth and are made to participate in races. Camel dances are also quite popular.
Other Highlights :
One can shop extensively at Pushkar Fair. Jewelry items, textiles, wooden and brassware are the major items that are sold in colorful shops. Other products of art and handicraft are also available. Puppet and magic shows can enthrall the viewers. There are umpteen numbers of stalls that make shopping a memorable experience at Pushkar. One can buy souvenirs for their loved ones. The intricate paintings, ethnic costumes, and carved necklaces are the specialty of the fair. Main bazaars of the fair are Baza Bazar and Sarafa Bazar.
Pushkar is one of the sacred pilgrimages that are visited by million of Hindus every year. It has numerous temples that are dedicated to Brahma, Rangji, and Varah Gods. It is said that, Lord Brahma, while searching for a place to perform yagna, accidentally dropped lotus flower on his way. A lake by the name of Pushkar was created at this place. It was followed by dropping of nectar in the lake; since then, it has been considered sacred. Thousands of pilgrims visit this sacred site and offer their prayers.
Pushkar Festival echoes the pulsating culture of Rajasthan. The barren deserts of this state come to life during the festivities and people form all the parts take part in the festival with full enthusiasm.