Pushkar Fair

About Pushkar Fair

Pushkar Festival or Pushkar Fair happens to be among the popular and colorful festival celebrated in the captivating land of Rajasthan. Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, this is a livestock and camel fair which takes place in the holy town of Pushkar.

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It infuses a spirit of carnival in the dusty grounds the town at the onset of every winter. As November comes, the desert starts bustling with life and activity.

The principal objective of celebrating the Pushkar Festival is to draw camel and livestock merchants to carry out their trade during the holy Kartik Purnima, which is celebrated with a lot of pomp and glory in Pushkar.

The city witnesses the arrival of more than 200,000 visitors with an influx of cattle traders, religious devotees, and other travelers. It offers an enthralling and unique visit and wonderful opportunities to watch a conventional carnival in India. The best part of this festival is certainly the camel races. Nevertheless, the fun-filled beauty competitions and other events are quite entertaining as well.

At night, countless tiny oil lamps are lit and put on the green leaves and floated in the lagoon following the arti puja (prayers) by various students, priests (holy men), and local residents. This gesture of reverence is known as "lamp floating or Deepdan", and the whole lake is enlightened by an attractive appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pushkar Festival

Given below are some frequently asked questions and their answers about Pushkar Festival:

What is Pushkar Festival?
The Puskhar Festival is a camel and livestock fair which takes place in the sacred town of Pushkar, Rajasthan.

When is Pushkar Festival observed?
The Pushkhar Festival is observed in the month of November. It starts on the day of Kartik Shukla Ekadasi and continues for five days till Kartik Purnima. The Kartik Purnima falls on the 15th day of Kartik, which is also known as the full moon day.

Why is Pushkar Fair celebrated?
The Pushkar Fair is celebrated for various reasons and one of the important reasons is that the fair is used as a platform for selling livestock and thousands of people across India and Rajasthan gather here to buy and sell livestock. People also take a dip at the sacred Pushkar Lake and offer their prayers to Lord Brahma at the Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Temple.

Where is Pushkar?
The tiny and picturesque town of Pushkar is nestled in a valley about 14 km from the historic city of Ajmer in Rajasthan.

What are the other names for Pushkar Festival?
The Pushkar Festival is also known in names like Pushkar ka Mela, Pushkar Mela and Pushkar Fair.

What are the major attractions or events of Pushkar Festival?
The main attractions of the festival are as follows:
  • Bridal contests
  • Matka phod or pitcher breaking
  • Laadoo oonth
  • Longest moustache contest
  • Camel race
  • Horse dance and horse race
  • Deep dan

How is Pushkar Festival celebrated?
The celebrations of the Pushkar Fair have two components. The first one is the camel and livestock trading and the second one is the religious customs. The livestock and camel trading takes place during the initial stage of the fair and subsequently, it concludes as religious devotees begin to take a holy bath at the famous Pushkar Lake.

Last Updated on : September 25, 2017