Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan

Pushkar Camel Fair is the largest fair in India which is held in the town of Pushkar of Rajasthan state. Locally it is called as the Pushkar ka Mela which is an annual five day camel and livestock fair. Pushkar is a holy Hindu town and has the only Brahma temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. It is celebrated from Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the full moon day of Kartik (October–November) according to the Hindu calendar.

According to the legend, the full moon day is considered to be the main day as Lord Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake. Hence many people swim in the lake.

Though buying and selling of the livestock happens as a part of the fair there are other activities with attract great number of national and international tourists. There are competitions like matka phod, bridal competition, longest moustache, kabaddi matches set against foreigners and turban tying contest for the foreign guests. It also includes plenty of cow beauty contests, camel safaris, horse shows, camel races and many more.

The livestock includes camels, sheep, goats, cows and horses too. Women go to the stalls, adequate of clothes, bracelets, fabrics and textiles. The camel race starts off the festival. Many villagers come before a week to the festival. The folk songs and music entertains the public.

It is said that 50,000 camels and 2,00,000 people are gathered for the fair. Pushkar Camel Fair is considered to be the biggest colorful gathering of people and livestock. The villagers dress up in their traditional attire.

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