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Pushkar Fair

Pushkar Fair

Pushkar, the holy town in Rajasthan is known for it's sacred lake and the only Brahma Temple in the world. Legend has it that this lake was formed where Lord Brahma - the lord of creation - dropped a lotus on the day of the full moon. Every November, the famous Pushkar Fair is held for 7 days, starts on Noami, finish on Kartik Poornima (Full Moon).

Pushkar Fair is renowned all over the world as the largest cattle fair held in Rajasthan in the month of Kartika (October or November) beginning on ashtmi 8th day of Lunar Calendar and continues till full moon (Poornima). It is located at about 135 km. from Jaipur and 10 km. from Ajmer. During this fair, the town becomes a cultural hub when sadhus, devotees, musicians, folk dancer, traders, acrobats, and tourist from all over the world flock to Pushkar along with around 50,000 camels and cattle for several days of live stock trading, horse dealing. The population of Pushkar during this festival increases from 14,000 to 2, 00,000. The main attraction of this fair is the competitions like Matka Phod, bridal competition and moustache.

History
Pushkar has the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country where he performed Yagna (a fire sacrifice). Thousands of devotees from all over the world throng to the holy "Sarovar" lake to take a sacred dip into it, as the Hindus believe that a dip in the holy Lake is very auspicious at this time. This holy lake has 52 ghats.

Significance
According to popular Hindu mythology, Pushkar is among the five Dhams popularly known as "The Gayatri Dham", the source of the "Gayatri Mantra". During this fair traders gather and set up shops to sell a lot of products like woolen blankets of Merta, bead necklaces of Nagaur, textiles printed in Ajmer and Jodhpur, brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur etc. Saddles, ropes, and assorted household items are also on sale. Cultural shows and exhibitions are also organized in this fair to enliven the event


Pushkar Fair
CUISINE
Due to the religious significance of the fair, food served is strictly vegetarian. There is a choice of Indian and Continental delicacies.

FACILITIES
Western style toilets with running water
Attached Bathroom (hot water available separately)
Foreign Currency Exchange Counter
Post Office with ISD / STD/ Fax, Medical Aid, Safe Deposit, Shopping Arcade and Fire Preventing arrangements
Tourist Information Counter
Round-the-clock Coffee Shop
Rajasthani folk dances, music and artisans at-work
Camel ride and parking facilities.

Pushkar Fair 2003-2010
18 - 26 November, 2004 08- 15 November, 2005
29 Oct - 05 Nov, 2006 17 - 24 November, 2007
30 October - 02 November, 2009 18 - 21 November, 2010
Golden Triangle and Pushkar Fair (10 - 13 November, 2008)
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