Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pushkar Festival

Pushkar mela dates - 18th - 27th November in 2012, 9th - 17th November in 2013, 30th October - 6th November in 2014 and 18th - 25th November in 2015

Pushkar Mela

[caption id="attachment_1718" align="alignleft" width="380" caption="City of Pushkar in Rajasthan."]Pushkar mela in Rajasthan[/caption]

The Pushkar festival is better known as the Pushkar Mela. The name of the festival is derived from the name of the town where it is held. Pushkar is situated in the state of Rajasthan in India. The fair takes place at the banks of Pushkar Lake. Men come here to buy and sell livestock, which commonly include cows, sheep, goats, and most importantly, camels.

The festival exudes the ethnicity of Indian cultural heritage. Attractive stalls are to be found in abundance attracting women folks with colorful bracelets, clothes, varied textiles, and fabrics. This annual fair holds great significance for the villagers who traverse thousands of kilometers across the deserts of Rajasthan to earn some cash by selling their camels and other livestock.

Main Attractions

Buying and selling livestock is the main attraction of this festival. But this festival is more famous on account of being the world’s largest camel festival. Pushkar festival is famous for drawing thousands of tourists not only from different parts of India but also from the world over by hosting some very interesting and unique activities such as matka phod, longest moustache competition, and bridal competition. The fair starts off with an energetic and thrilling camel race. Music, songs, and exhibitions complete the celebrations. Among all such showbiz and pompous noisy affairs the most awaited demonstration is the test of how camels are trained to fetch things. In order to demonstrate this unique talent of the camels, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.

Time of Celebrations

Pushkar Mela fanfare extends for five days from the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima. On the auspicious full moon day on the 15th of the Hindu month of Kartik, which usually falls in the month of November-December according to the English calender, thousands of men and women cover the famous sand dunes of Pushkar and start indulging in the festivities. According to the Hindu legend, on this full moon day, the Hindu God Brahma sprung up from the Pushkar Lake. Pushkar Lake is considered very sacred and thousands of people come here to take a holy dip in its waters in search of salvation. Pushkar has one of the very few Brahma Temples that are known to exist worldwide.

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