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Pushkar Festival

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Camel in Pushkar FestivalMyths and legends permeate the soil of Rajasthan from one corner to the other. Spirituality is a way of life here and the people strictly follow their deep-rooted beliefs. To witness and experience it all, you can pay a visit to the exotic town of Pushkar which holds the Pushkar Fair, the largest camel fair in the world, and houses the legendary Pushkar Lake and the only Brahma Temple. Every year to observe the exclusive scene of the fair and the prayers being offered, tourists from all around the country and the world flock to the town in hordes. The fairground at Pushkar is a sight to behold, replete with camels, horses, cattle, folk musicians, dancers, acrobats and the colourfully attired Rajasthani men and women.

The grand Pushkar Fair is held in the holy town of Pushkar, 11 km from Ajmer. Jaipur lies at a distance of 145 km from here and is also the closest airport. Locals from all over the state gather at the site to partake and to perform in an event which is so full of life.

Time of the Year
According to the English calendar, the Pushkar Fair falls in the month of November every year. As per the Hindu calendar, it starts on Naomi and culminates on Kartik Poornima (Full Moon).

History & Legends
Pushkar has an ancient mythological character. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma put demon Vajra Nabh to death with a lotus flower. The petals of the flower fell down around Pushkar. Lakes sprang up where the petals had fallen down. And that was how the Pushkar Lake came into being. There is yet another legend that says once Lord Brahma was flying over the region on his swan. It so happened that petals from the lotus flower fell down to give rise to lakes. Lord Brahma was sure it was time for performing yagna. The presence of Savitri, Lord Brahma's consort, was mandatory for the execution of the yagna. Since Savitri was not there, Lord Brahma married a local girl and sat for the yagna. Meanwhile, Savitri arrived and was enraged at the sight. She cursed that Lord Brahma would not be worshipped anywhere on earth. And so, the existing Brahma Temple is the only temple in the country. Though Lord Brahma is one among the Hindu Trinity, he is not worshipped anywhere else.

Pushkar FestivalsPeople from all over the state gather here to commemorate the event. The grand Pushkar Fair is a hub of activity. Livestock owners arrive here with camels, bullocks and horses as buyers make a big crowd and attempt to get hold of the finest breed. Days before the festival actually falls, animals are groomed and preened so as to attract customers and strike a good deal. The camels, horses and cattle are embellished. Everyone of the sellers tries to get the best price. And it makes an interesting sight as the sellers compete against one another to get hold of the customers.

Devotees can be seen around the Pushkar Lake busy with the religious rituals. Rishis, yogis and sadhus fill the air with religious mantras. Oblations are made at the Brahma Temple. The Savitri Temple and the Brahma Temple appear to be packed with worshippers and devotees.

On the approach of evening, everyone takes to a festive mood. The atmosphere picks up heat as folk artists start to perform. Traditionally attired men and women appear on the scene to dance to the soulful tunes of the past. Bonfires are lit as the women continue to thrill. Folk dances like Ghoomar, Chari, Snake Dance and Fire Dance are the major attractions for tourists. The event is also seen as an opportunity where the tribal folks get to interact with each other

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