Celebrated in the month of Kartik, (October-November) the mesmerizing small little holy town of Pushkar comes alive as loads of people from every nook and corner of the world come to witness this grand Pushkar Fair. This charismatic and exciting event is one of the most colourful events celebrated in Rajasthan. The legend has it that all the Gods revisit the holy land to bless the devotees, for these 5 days in the year, thus explaining the maddening crowd that thongs the place during that time.
Pushkar is among the five Dhams or pilgrimages that are held in high esteem by Hindus, the others being Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka. During the days of the Fair or Mela, as it is popularly called, the otherwise peaceful lake is overwhelmed with religious vehemence. Thousands of devotees assemble to take a dip in its holy waters. Sadhus descend from the Himalayas and people pray for salvation to the sound of verses from the Holy Scriptures that fill the air.
Another unique feature of the annual Pushkar Fair is that selling and buying of Camels that take place during this time. The afternoons usually see people crowding the stadium where camels, horses and paraded and raced after which the activity of buying and selling camel begins. It is the largest camel fair in India.
These 5 days apart from being a time of rejuvenation and fun is also a time when business booms and economies soar. As people from various parts come to flock around Pushkar, the traders and shopkeeper's aspirations ascend who make even more efforts to sell their traditional and ethnic goods. Numerous delicacies are sold on the stalls that are lined along the roads of Pushkar at this time. Pushkar Fair is definitely a time to worship and have a relaxing holiday in the calm land of Rajasthan.
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