Tourist Destinations of Rajasthan
Pushkar Fair - 18th to 26 November 2004
What is Pushkar Fair?
Every year thousands of devotees throng the lake
around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October-November to take a
holy dip in the lake. Huge and colorful cattle fair "The Pushkar
Fair", is also held during this time. Pushkar fair is well-known for
it's Camel trading and other attractive activities.
Dance music and colorful shops spring up
during this fair. Also on sale are mouth-watering traditional delicacies.
Colorfully attired village folk enhance the fun of the occasion.
A host of cultural event against the backdrop
of this pretty setting is also organized including attractive puppet
shows. Cattle auction and camel races are also a part of the festivities.
History of this Enthusiastic Fair
Pushkar is among the five Dhams or pilgrimages that are held in high
esteem by Hindus, the others being Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka.
It is said that in battle lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a
lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and landed in three
places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprang up. According to legends,
Pushkar Lake was surrounded by 500 temples and 52 palaces (several rajas
and maharajas maintained palaces here for pilgrimage) at one point.
The Brahma temple is the most important temple here and is, in fact, the
only Brahma temple of India. It is interesting to note that Brahma is not
worshipped, even though he is one of the Holy Trinity of Hinduism. Brahma,
it is said, had descended on earth to perform a Yajna (fire-sacrifice).
His wife Savitri was not with him at that time and the Yajna would be
incomplete without her. Therefore, Brahma married a local girl and sat
down for the Yajna. Meanwhile Savitri landed on earth and, upon finding
this new bride sitting next to Brahma, cursed him that he would never be
worshipped anywhere else on earth.