City of Ajmer, Pushkar is only 11 Kms away from the city.The road to Pushkar
passes through the Nag Pahar or the Snake Mountain.It is a sacred city of Hindus
and boasts of the only existing temple in Asia dedicated to Lord Brahma.
According to Hindu Mythology, this lake was formed when a lotus flower fell in
the valley from the hands Lord Brahma.
There are 52 bathing ghats
around the Pushkar Lake and each of them is supposed to be endowed with special
mystical powers.For instance, the Naga Kund is for fertility,the Roop Tirth is
for beauty while the Kapil Vyapi Kund is said to possess powers that can help
The famous Pushkar Fair is
held every year on the Kartik Purnima (Full moon during the Hindu month of
Kartik.This fair is famous for its animal bazaar where cattle and herds of camel
are traded between villagers from nearby. A time for celebrations and
festivities is made bright and colourful with folk dancers and traditional folk
musicians performing round the clock.
Pushkar Camel Fair
Facts & Figures
Population of Pushkar : 14,000
Pushkar (During the fair): 200,000
No. of Camels in the
fair: Around 50,000
Best time to visit : October to
Highlights: Camel trading, folk performances,
body tattooing, ethnic shopping, puppet shows, acrobatics, best breed
contest, moustache competition, bridal competition etc.
Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, Pushkar
Fair, is the world's largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar
in Rajasthan. Pushkar Fair is undoubtedly the world's largest camel fair
and it also makes it world's largest cattle fair in general. Competitions
such as the "Matka Phod", "moustache", and "bridal competition" are the
main attractions of this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. A
spotlight of one's holiday in India, the festival hosts around 50,000
camels which are sold, decorated, shaved and raced. From a mere 14,000 to
a massive 200,000! This is how the population of Pushkar swells during the
History & Legends
Puskar has has the
only temple of Lord Brahma in the country. Myth says that Lord Brahma was
on his way to search for a suitable place to perform a 'Yagna' (a fire
sacrifice) 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". Worship of Brahma was considered 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
celebration 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 lake. Huge and colourful cattle
fair "The Pushkar Fair", is also held during this time. Pushkar fair is
well-known for it's camel trading and other attractive activities.
Umpteen number of traders gather
here and and set up shops. These traders sell a lot of products like
woolen blankets of Merta, bead necklaces of Nagaur, textiles printed in
Ajmer and Jodhpur, brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur etc. Saddles, ropes,
and assorted household items are also on sale. Cultural shows and
exhibitions are also organized in this fair to enliven the event. Movies
are shown, competitions are arranged, bards and poets recite and sing
tales of valour and heroism of bygone days. Animal races and other
competitions also add the attraction.
Why visit the Pushkar
- It is the world's largest Camel Fair.
- You’ll visit the only Brahma Temple in the world.
- You’ll see the Holy Pushkar Lake with 52 ghats surrounding it.
- Pushkar offers around 400 temples to see.
- You can participate in numerous cultural activities
- Ethnic shopping items from all over the state are on sale.
- It’s a rare combination of religious fervour and cultural vibrancy
- You can interact with tribal folks and understand their culture.
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