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Pushkar Mela

On the full moon day in November (Karthika Pournami), hindu pilgrims gather here to take a holy dip in the sacred waters of the Pushkar lake and thank the weather Gods. The Pushkar Fair is another great attraction, when every item is available for purchase for the villagers. There is joyful singing and dancing. The camel mela one of the most interesting features of the Pushkar mela extends for a fortnight (begins at the new moon after Diwali, extending upto the Karthika Pournami). The location will be filled with camels, horses and cattle and there will be a grand cattle auction on Karthika Pournami. Beautiful decorative pieces for the animals are sold at the fair. The camel race, tug of wars and camel rides are also very interesting.

Come November and the rich tradition of Rajasthan comes alive at Pushkar. A small little hamlet, just around 18 kms from the religious city of Ajmer, Pushkar, is host to an annual event called the Pushkar fair. The fair visited by foreigners and Indian alike is perhaps the largest gathering for a fair from tourists all around the world in Rajasthan. Held in the Hindu month of Kartik or November, thefair is a great crowd puller.
Synonymous with the world's largest camel and cattle fair, the Pushkar fair indeed is a unique experience. The onset of winters bringing the cool winds from the south west, the golden sand dunes reflecting various colours with every phase of the Sun; adding to the natural colours are not only the vibrantly dressed men and women or the shops selling various colourful goods, but also the decorated and bedecked Camel and cattle which are at sale here. The charm of the fair and also the reason behind it becoming the world famous fair is its original and very rural charm. Here the people spontaneously break into a song or a dance; they forget their daily miseries and enjoy the camel and the cattle races. They buy goodies and make merry. All this adds to the charm of the place and that too with a religious touch to it.

Pushkar has the only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma, creator of the three worlds. According to a legend, as Lord Brahma was searching for a suitable place to perform a yagnya, the lotus fell of his hands and the place where it fell sprung out water. Since then the lake of Pushkar was formed. The lake still stands with 52 bathing Ghat on its banks. People throng to these ghat to take a dip in the holy lake and wash away all their sins, as is the popular belief here. It was on the full moon day in the month of Kartik that the lake was formed. This religious reason has given the world an opportunity to be a part of one of the most spectacular fairs of the world.
Amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma - The creator of the world in a search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely spiritual VEDIC YAGNA at Pushkar. It is thus the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. Blessed with cultural blends, it is the venue for the famous Pushkar Fair, with people coming from all over Asia to buy and sell cattle of breeds from across the world. The consecrated mausoleum of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer attracts pilgrims from all over the world. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and Ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again. The Pushkar fair is amongst the largest cattle fairs in the world and amongst the oldest cities in India, with references in mythology and the Mahabharat.