an important pilgrim centre in Rajasthan, is famous for world's largest
camel fair, The Pushkar fair. This fair is one of the main cultural
activities of Pushkar. It is held in the month of November every year.
Pushkar fair is well-known for its camel trading and other religious
activities. Villagers come from different parts of the state and bring
their cattle with them. The festival is full of folk dance, and music.
Colourful shops make this fair a very charming cultural event. Camel
races are also held during this vibrant festival.
This fair is
held at Pushkar town, 11 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan for twelve days annually during
October- November. This cultural and trade cum religious fair is an attractive
and lively spectacle with Rajasthani men and women in their colourful traditional
attire, saffron-robed and ash smeared Sadhus (holy men) and thousands of bulls,
cows, sheep, goats, horses and camels in richly decorated saddles. Perhaps the
largest cattle fair in the world, it attracts more than one lakh people from all
over Rajasthan as well as tourists from different parts of India and abroad.
of cattle, camel races and dazzling displays of bangles, brassware,
clothes, camel saddles and halters make the fair colourful. Necklaces
of glass beads from Naguar, pottery, printed textiles from Jodhpur and
Ajmer are all on sale here. Farmers, cattle traders and breeders buy
and sell their animals, leather whips, saddles etc. There are facilities
for camel rides also.
livestock fair coincides with the climaxing of a religious celebration. Pushkar
is among the five main places of pilgrimage mentioned in the Hindu scriptures.
It has a large number of temples including one of the only two temples dedicated
to Lord Brahma in India. Hundreds of thousands of devotees take a ritual dip in
the holy Pushkar lake on the day of the Kartik Purnima (full moon night of the
Kartika month) and worship at the Brahma temple (Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir).
It is believed that Lord Brahma, the creator, wished to perform a 'yagna' following
his long years of penance. During his sojourn in search of a place for yagna,
Brahma dropped a lotus from heaven which created the lake Pushkar. It was on the
Karthika night that a drop of nectar fell in this lake, thereby making it sacred.
Pilgrims flock from all over India to be in Pushkar at this auspicious time. They
also believe that all the 330 million Gods and Goddesses are present at Pushkar
Lake during the occasion.
Camel trading is the main activity of Pushkar
Fair. So many interesting events are held during this fair. Camel races and other
events like the Puppet show, cattle show and Magic show are also the part of this
event. Pushkar is also the sacred place for Hindus. Amidst chanting of Vedic mantras
people take bath in the Pushkar Lake. Shopping is one of the main activities during
this festival. Decorative items for Cattles, like saddles, saddle-straps and beads
are sold. One can buy jewelry, garments, silver ornaments, bead necklaces etc.
trading which involves a great deal of bargaining between the cattle
traders and the buyers add to the spirit of the fair. Apart from the
religious rituals and trading, people participate in a number of cultural
and sporting events. The variety of folk dances, dramas and songs lend
colour and melody to the atmosphere that is already charged with excitement
of the camel races and the cattle fair. The sweeping expanse of the
desert becomes dotted with thousands of camels, stalls and camping families.
The Rajasthan tourism Development Corporation has taken adequate measures
to facilitate convenient access of the fair site and to accommodate
Pushkar Fair is believed to be the largest cattle trade
fair in the world and coincides with a Hindu religious celebration. Pushkar
30th October- 06th November
18th November-25th November