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Pushkar Fair, Pushkar
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.
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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.
Pushkar is among the five Dhams or pilgrimages that are held in high
esteem by Hindus, the others being Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and
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.
The nearest airport from Pushkar is Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected
to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur,
Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai has also started from Pushkar
by Indian Airlines.
Pushkar is 11 km from main Ajmer bus stand. Rajasthan Roadways run
very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Jaipur.
There are buses from Jaipur to Ajmer every 15 minutes, some nonstop.
The roads are very good, and it takes around 2 hrs from Jaipur.
You can also come by taxi.
The nearest railway station for Pushkar is Ajmer, which is on the
Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India.
There are daily trains from Delhi in morning (Shatabdi Exp) and
evening (Intercity Exp).