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Camel at Pushkar Fair The small and often tranquil city of Pushkar, located in eastern Rajasthan, turns into a major centre of activities of devotion, fair, music and dance in the month of November every year, the reason: the Pushkar Fair. The city of Pushkar is settled alongside the banks of Pushkar lake, which is surrounded by the hills on its three sides and sand dunes on the other. This picture perfect scenery sets and amazing backdrop for the annual event of Pushkar Fair with lots of frolic, pilgrimage and recreations in the north Indian state of Rajasthan.

The annual event of Pushkar fair attracts thousands of visitors from India and abroad to witness its main features like camel fair and camel sports, traditional dance shows, trade exhibitions and the Brahma temple which is believed to be the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma (the creator of the world as per the Hindu mythology). Among the attractions of the Pushkar Fair, one more thing deserves mention here, the 52 bathing ghats surrounding the Pushkar lake in which the devotees take ritual dip to seek the blessings of almighty.

Importance of Pushkar City
The city of Pushkar is considered one of the five revered dhams for pilgrimage and holds high importance among the Hindu community. According to the Hindu mythological references Pushkar was the very city where Lord Brahma performed Yagna (a fire sacrifice) and as per an another legend, during the battle between Lord Brahma and demon Vajra Nabh, the latter was killed by the lotus flower of Lord Brahma and few petals fell down on the earth, from where the lakes around Pushkar sprang up. Pushkar is also known as a city of pilgrimage consisting of 52 ghats, with a unique quality attached to the each one, and over 500 temples among which the Brahma Temple which is the only temple of its kind in the world.

Colors of Pushkar Fair
The native males of the Pushkar city with flamboyant turbans and traditional Rajasthani costumes reaching the annual fair of Pushkar for the camel trading and the ladies dressed up in their fine colorful attires alongwith armful of bangles, turn the entire landscape of Pushkar into a splendorous sight. Various small shops and stalls are set up during the Pushkar fair where handicraft items, traditional crafts, jewellery and textile products are put on sale. Camel sports, cultural shows and exhibitions are another features of this massive annual fair that are very hard to miss.

Attractions of Pushkar Fair
Pushkar Lake
Pushkar lake formed by the lotus petals by Lord Brahma- the creator of world, is engulfed by the 52 bathing spots (ghats) which are known for their unique medical benefits. Having a dip in the Pushkar Lake is considered the most auspicious one to attain the salvation. During the five days long festivities of Pushkar fair, the lake sees lots of religious fervor by the devotees amidst the chanting of mantras from the holy scriptures.

Camel Market
The market set up during the Pushkar festival for the trading of Camels and other domestic animals like goat, cow and horses, are known as one of the best animals' shopping markets in India. Camels and the other animals are brought into this market for trading, while some of them are properly cleaned and finely decorated before they are put on sale. Special events of Camel racing and parades also see lots of cheers from thousands of spectators during the Pushkar fair.

Brahma Temple
Among all the temples in Pushkar, the Brahma Temple holds much reverence for the Hindu pilgrims as it is the only temple in the world that is dedicated to Lord Brahma (the Hindu God of creation). Every year in the month of October-November (the Karthika month of Hindu Lunar calendar), a five days festival is held to honour Lord Brahma. Devotees take bath in the adjoining Lakes on this occasion which is considered very auspicious as Lord Brahma and other Gods visit Pushkar to shower their blessings.

How to Reach Pushkar
The city of Pushkar is well connected by all the major means of transport:

By Air: Jaipur- the capital of Rajasthan, is the nearest Airport lying 131 km away.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Pushkar is Ajmer which is 11 km away. Ajmer is well connected to the rest of North Indian states.

By Road: Pushkar can be reached through the dense road services network. The distance between Pushkar and other major cities are:

Jaipur (131 kms)

Delhi (392 kms)

Ahmedabad (526 kms)

Jaiselmer (490 kms)

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