Friday, 27 July 2012

Pushkar Fair - Jaipur

Pushkar Fair - Jaipur
Pushkar, the sacred town of the Hindus is about 11 km from Ajmer and is a famous pilgrim centre for the Hindus. The beauty of the place is so captivating that even poet Kalidasa mentioned the name of the place in his classic “Abhigyan Sakuntalam”. This place has also been referred to as “Adi Tirtha” in the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Pushkar takes pride in having a large number of temples among which the most famous is the Brahma Temple which is said to be the only temple dedicated to this deity. We at Touristplacesinindia.com provide you with complete information on all that you want to known about Pushkar in Rajasthan India.

Some of the most wonderful temples in Pushkar include the Savitri temple, Varah temple, Mahadeva Temple, and the Rama Vaikuntha temple. Besides this, the city has a large number of Ghats surrounding the holy lake of Pushkar. It is said that this holy lake was created by Lord Brahma where he performed a sacrifice hallowing the place. The city of Pushkar is also famous for the Pushkar fair. It is the world’s largest camel fair held every year. During this festival competitions such as matka phod, moustache, and bridal competition are held which attracts tourists from all over the world. During this festival people gather on the banks of the Pushkar Lake to buy and sell livestock like camels, cows, sheep and goats. The festival of Pushkar starts with the camel race followed by music, songs and exhibitions. The festival is celebrated on the Kartick Purnima day with people taking a holy dip into the sacred Pushkar Lake. 

Women get busy in the stalls selling glittering wares and silver ornaments. Shops selling garments gets crowded with women. There are tattoo shops which give women beauty marks that last for a lifetime. On the last day of the festival bathing begins at dawn and the bathing Ghats gets filled up with so much people that it is difficult to find a place in the Ghats. It is said that taking a dip in the holy waters washes away the sin that a person has performed during his lifetime. After taking a bath the pilgrims offer prayers to God Brahma, who is supposed to be the creator of the universe. Tiny leaf boats, each carrying an oil lamp and some flowers are set afloat on the holy lake. The next day the people attending the festival return to their homes with their new camels. 

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