Pushkar Mela- A Local Grand Affair
Pushkar Fair or better known as the Pushkar Mela or Pushkar Camal Mela is a festival that is conducted annually in a small town named as Pushkar in Rajasthan, which is roughly 15 Kms from Ajmer. The festival mainly involves selling and buying of livestock comprising of camels, goats, cows, and sheep. Along with this, numerous events make Pushkar mela a grand affair. Starting from Bridal competition, Matka (earthen pot) phod and longest moustache are some of the events that attracts thousands of tourists from across the world at this 5 day festival. This Pushkar mela gives tourists a traditional touch and feel to know about the beauty of rural environment.
Knowing more about the fair
The fest starts from Kartik Ekadashi, which usually falls in the end of October, or first week of November. The fair continues for five days until Kartik Purnima. The fair was initially started for trading of camels and other livestock, but will passage of time; it became a grand affair as tourists from across the world started pouring in to know more about the fair. A traveler who is interested in seeing the rural India should visit Pushkar, as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the beauty of India in a grand way.
Along with trading of camels in the fair, the competition of camels is another striking feature of the fair. During this competition, the camels are beautifully decorated and the contest is won by the best-festooned camel. Along with this, another event is conducted where large numbers of people are asked to sit on the back of the camel after which the camels scamper across the golden sand dunes throwing riders off their back. The camel, which succeeds in maintaining all the people on its back, is counted as the winner. More than people enjoying the fervor of the festival spirit, it is the camels, which enjoys the most during the five-day fest. During the festival period, the camels are seen enjoying the attention that is given to them as they preen before the crowd.
The site of Lord Brahma
The importance of Pushkar as a religions place is even more because it is the house of the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. As it is the only temple across India for Lord Brahma, it has made it unique because of which pilgrims from across the world come over to visit the holy site. Once you will visit the temple, the beauty of the temple will capture your hearts as it located beyond Anasagar Lake and Nagaparvat.
Experimenting rural environment as a traveler
During the period, the vibrant colors of Rajasthan are shown to the tourists who come over to feel the scent of India. Starting from handmade jewelry items to artifacts are displayed in different stalls available at the festival. Fabrics from Ajmer, printed textiles, beaded necklace, and vast assortment of silver ornaments can be seen in the stalls and are the major attraction during the festival. In addition to this, local tattoo makers try to woo the customers with the designs they have to offer. During the festival, nearly every household puts up a stall to allure the crowd to enhance their slacking business. As it a rural bazaar of rural India, people have to travel on foot or hop over a camel to enjoy the pomp and show of the grandest camel fair in this world. As Pushkar is a religions place for tourists, consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited.
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