Pushkar fair – exotic mix of culture and tradition

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One of the most famous and only few of the temples dedicated to Lord Brahma is Brahma Temple in Pushkar. It’s a place of deep spirituality and during the Pushkar fair; thousands of devotees come here to pay homage to their religious belief. The city in fact has the only Brahma temple anywhere in the world which makes it immensely special for the pilgrims.

This year, from 2 November to Friday 11 November, the Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) was conducted. Referred to as Pushkar ka Mela by the locals, this five-day camel and livestock fair is an annual affair and is one of the one of the world’s largest camel fairs. It was originally created to facilitate buying and selling of the local livestock. Today, it is more of an important tourist attraction. “Matka phod”, “longest moustache”, and “bridal competition” are some of the common activities that one can find in the fair. This year another feature has been added immediately after the fair is finished – visiting the Hadoti region.  The authentic local mela and Kartik Purnima celebrations at Chandrabhaga Fair, near the Jhalawar region will let the visitors explore the less-visited areas of the state. Beginning 10th November, one can witness the rituals and customs related to marriage as the ancient walled city of Jhalarapatan begins its week of festivities.

Located at 10 km from Ajmer city, Pushkar temple is well connected by road and rail. Tourists can also opt for airway through the nearest airport is Jaipur. If you are visiting the area during the Mela, choices should be to visit the Brahma Temple, which was built in the 14th century. Its intricate design with marble steps, carved silver turtle in the sanctum sanatorium is a must see.