Pushkar Fair - 2022
In Sanskrit the word Pushkar means ‘blue lotus’. Hindus have faith that the God unleashed a swan with a lotus on earth where Jagatpita Brahma performed a grand yagya. The place where the lotus fell was known as Pushkar. Some people postulate that it may be derived from word ‘Pushpa’ indicates flower and ‘Kar’ denotes hand.
The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) or most commonly Pushkar ka Mela is a yearly five-day camel and other cattle fair. It is known as one of the world's greatest camel mela. A camel race indicates the beginning of the festival, with folk music, songs and exposition to follow. It is celebrated for five days from the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, (the 15th) of Kartik (October–November) in Hindu calendar with full zeal and zest. Kartik Poornima is the special day and innumerable people take bath in its sacred water.
In 2022, Pushkar Fair is being celebrated from OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 9 2022.
Embellished camels march and compete in a beauty contest and the camel that stood separately in terms of beauty win the prize. There are numerous competitions for entertaining the tourists.From ornaments for cattle, ranging from saddles, saddle-straps, beads, strings and cowries, to items significantly exhibited for the human folks, the array of artifacts exhibited has no boundary. Silver jewellery and bead necklaces from Nagaur, patchwork, printed textiles as well as the famous tie 'n' dye fabrics are fascinating and noteworthy.
Everyone in Pushkar celebrates this festival with enchanting folk music and dance blended with revered milieu, adorned cattle contest and traditional entertaining stalls galore.
So enjoy this vivid and vibrant opportunity with Pushkar Camp Tapovan in comfy and devoted way.
The date of its actual founding is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. It is mentioned that Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have glimpse of Radha Krishna.The Ramayan mentions Pushkar and says that Vishvamitra performed tapa here. It further says that the Apsara Menaka came to Pushkara to bathe in its sacred waters.
The Mahabharata says that while laying down a programme for Maharaja Yudhishthara’s travel, “Maharaja after entering the Jungles of Sind and crossing the small rivers on the way should bathe in Pushkara". And, as per Vaman Purana, Prahlada on his pilgrimage to holy places visited Pushkarayana.Pushkar is a fantastic interplay of history and mythology that makes it worthwhile to travel to this holy destination of Rajasthan.
According to lore, the city of Pushkar came into being After a battle between Lord Brahma and a demon named Vajra Nabh. After the demon was killed by Brahma with the help of a lotus flower, three petals floated down to Earth and landed in Pushkar leading to the creation of the three lakes of Pushkar.Recorded history shows that Pushkar was a favorite retreat of the Mughal rulers, which was later taken over by the Scindias after the eventual decline of the Mughal rule. The Scindias handed over the city to the British thus making Pushkar one of the few places in Rajasthan to be under direct British control, until Independence.
becomes a bustling and colorful fairground in the month of Kartik (October-November) when the annual Pushkar Fair is held.The highlight of the fair is the Camel Fair the trading of camels. Camels are bought sold decked up and paraded on the sand dunes presenting a picturesque sight.The camel horse and donkey races are events that are hugely popular with the tourists. The Pushkar Fair has become a major cultural event in the state of Rajasthan bringing together a large number of villagers from different parts of the state of Rajasthan who display their traditional ware and also make the evenings colorful and festive with music and dance.
Although the city of Pushkar has 400 odd temples, the Brahma Temple is the most famous of them. Brahma is one of the Hindu trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswar - the three gods representing creation, sustenance and destruction. According to the myths, Brahma is the god of creation of this earth. The four heads symbolizes His presence everywhere.The most remarkable thing about the Brahma temple is that it is the only one temple on earth dedicated to Lord Brahma. Pushkar literally means a pond created by flowers. Legends have it that Lord Brahma, when wanted to perform a yagna, dropped a lotus to determine the place on earth. That is how Pushkar was created.
Savitri Temple in one of the most renowned one out of 400 temples in Pushkar. According to the Hindu mythology Savitri is the first wife of Lord Brahma. When He was all set to start a Yagna on earth in the place of Pushkar (determined by drooping a lotus flower), Savitri's presence was the prerequisite. But She had kept Him waiting. Lord Brahma, irritated at this, married Gayatri the milkmaid to start the yagna on the most auspicious moment.Infuriated Savitri cursed that Lord Brahma would not be worshipped anywhere else but Pushkar.Hence you find the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma only in Pushkar
Varah Temple in Pushkar is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. One of the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu was that of Varah (boar). The temple worships the Varah form of Lord Vishnu.You would find ample references of Vishnu in the Hindu myths and legends. In several incarnations which numbers up to as many as 10, Vishnu has appeared on the earth and saved the earth from the hand of the evil.The temple has a significant historical past. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb destroyed much of the temple because he could not stand with the rather bizarre idol of human body with the head of a boar, housed in the temple.Later Sawai Jai Singh II, the Maharajah of Jaipur reconstructed the temple. Lord Vishnu is seen as one of the Hindu trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswar. Vishnu represents the Sustenance of creation while other two gods represents Creation and Destruction.
Mahadeva Temple in Pushkar is dedicated to Lord Mahadeva. The god is one of the Hindu Trinity that represents Creation, Sustenance and Destruction. According to the Hindu Puranas, Lord Mahadeva is the god of destruction.There are several myths and legends centering round Lord Mahadeva. Ash-smeared and clad in tiger Skin, He holds a Trishul in his hand and a bull is his pet. According to the legends, the river Ganges has been created from His locks of hair.
Hindu pilgrims come for the holy dip in Pushkar Lake, which is considered most on Kartik Poornima.The highlight of the fair is the Camel Fair, the trading of camels. There are many ghats, which run down to the Holy Pushkar Lake whose waters are famed to wash the sins of a lifetime.
Once Lord Brahma came to know that a demon, Vajranash, was killing people here so Lord Brahma intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process the parts of flower fell on three places which were later known as Jestha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar.
Later accompanied by brahmanas and other devas, or demigods, Lord Brahma went to Puskar to perform a sacrifice. To perform his yajna peacefully without being attacked by the demons, he created the hills around the Pushkar Ratnagiri in the south, Nilgiri in the north, Sanchoora in the west and Suryagiri in the east and positioned demigods there to protect the yajna performance. Such Yajna sacrifices are to be performed along with one’s wife, so when the arrangements for the sacrifice were complete, Lord Brahma sent Narada rsi, the sage among the devas, to bring Sarasvati, Lord Brahma’s consort. But Sarasvati was not ready to leave, so Narada returned to Puskar alone.
According to astrological calculations, the sacrifice had to begin at once, so Brahma asked Indra, the king of the heavenly planets, to provide him a suitable wife to assist in the sacrifice. Lord Indra chose a cowherd girl, but the sacrifice required that the girl be of the brahmana caste. So the devas purified the girl, or elevated her caste, by passing her through a cow (into the cow’s mouth and out the other end), because in Vedic culture cows are considered pure and of the same caste as the brahmanas. The girl then became known as Gayatri, “one who was pulled through a cow.” She married Brahma and performed the yajna. When Saraswati arrived and saw that Brahma had married without her permission, so she cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only. Saraswati (Savitri) also cursed Indra to be easily defeated in battles, Lord Vishnu to suffer the separation from his wife as a human, the fire-god Agni who was offered the yajna to be all-devouring and the priests performing the yajna to be poor. Endowed by the powers of yajna, Gayatri however diluted Saraswati 's curse, blessing Pushkar to be the king of pilgrimages, Indra would always retain his heaven, Vishnu would be born as the human Rama and finally unite with his consort and the priests would become scholars and be venerated. Enraged Sarswati (Savitri) went and established a temple on top of Ratnagiri, the hill a little south of Pushkar. Today pilgrims to Puskar can visit temples of both Sarasvati Devi and Gayatri Devi. Sarasvati Devi is also present in this world in the form of a river. Five branches of that riverSarasvati, Supapra, Candra, Kanaka, and Nandaflow in the Puskar area, but at present they are invisible to ordinary eyes.
It is also said that Lord Varaha appeared at Varaha ghat here, and Lord Rama came and bathed here. The sage Parasara is said to have been born here. His descendants, called Parasara Brahamans, are still found in Pushkar and the surrounding area.
Pushkar Camel Fair
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