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Friday, 18 April 2014

Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan



Today is the 18th day of the 'A 2 Z challenge'. The festival for today is Puskar Festival of  Rajasthan

The Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan is an annual feature of Rajasthan. It is a five days fair, in which camels and other livestock take the lead. This fair is held annually in Pushkar, a small town near Ajmer in Rajasthan. It is one of the largest camel fairs, held anywhere in the world. The fair is  an important tourist attraction in the State. More than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle are brought from all over Rajasthan. It is a great spectacle. About 400,000 visitors assemble here for the fair which is held every year in the month of November around full moon.


The camels are given a beauty treatment before the festival. They are shaved, dressed up, paraded and made to dance for the beauty contest. They are then traded. This is very amusing. The tourists are entertained by a large number of musicians, snake charmers, magicians and acrobats. For tourist  entertainment there are contest like ‘longest moustache’, ‘breaking clay vessels’ and ‘bridal competitions’.
Many activities like ‘rope pulling’, 'camel ride’ and many games are organised.
The tourists can have a bath in the holy Pushkar lake, which is considered as a spiritual occasion.

To accommodate a huge number of tourists The camels are given a beauty treatment before the festival. They are shaved, dressed up, paraded and made to dance for the beauty contest. They are then traded. This is very amusing. The tourists are entertained by a large number of musicians, snake charmers, magicians and acrobats. For tourist  entertainment there are contest like ‘longest moustache’, ‘breaking clay vessels’ and ‘bridal competitions’.

Many activities like ‘rope pulling’, 'camel ride’ and many games are organised.
The tourists can have a bath in the holy Pushkar lake, which is considered  a spiritual occasion.

To accommodate a huge number of tourists there are furnished guest houses.

Pics courtesy Google

25 comments:

  1. Superb story, this one,Usha Ma'm :) Very informative and colourful... and this is a new piece of info for me :)

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    1. Thank you Sreeja. We are learning many new things from this challenge.

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  2. Though I heard the name this mela, did not have this detail info. Thanks, Usha ma'm for sharing the details...Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thank you Jayant . Glad you liked the pictures.

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  3. The mela must be really colorful. I had only heard of this mela and knew that Pushkar has the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Thanks Ushaji for sharing details of this one of a kind fair :)

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  4. i had heard about pushkar fair only once.. wen it was mentioned in our social text book! now i get to know about it more than jst the name. yet again an informative post :)

    (ma'am if u dnt mind me telling this, the last paragraphs have been repeated twice.)

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  5. WOW, I bet that would be something to see...all those animals all fancied up! Fascinating tale. ♥

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  6. This colourful mela I would love to attend someday.. you have made a very nice choice for the P festival :)

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

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  7. How do you know so much about all the festivals of the different parts of India...fascinating indeed!

    P for Petrified-Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. Thanks Naba. We celebrate most of these fests.

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  8. I have never been to this one... And I know after going through your post I have missed a big thing!!! Beautiful photographs!

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  9. Truly Pushakar mela is one of the most colourful and vibrant events of our country.. I love Pushkar..

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  10. I have been to Pushkar, though not during this festival.
    It is nice to learn about all these festivals, and India is such a colorful country.
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    1. Thanks Rama. I saw your new blog. It is very tantalising.

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  11. last year we went to Pushkar and Ajmer Sharif.
    It was a treat watching all that you have described

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  12. I wish I could see Pushkar festival in real. The experience would be one of it's kind

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