Pushkar is a small temple town known for housing the only dedicated Brahma Temple in the world. Pushkar
Fair is referred to as the Pushkar Camel Fair. It is held in the city of Pushkar in November during
Karthik Purnima time. This traditional carnival brings thousands of camels, cattle, and horses together.
This is a seven-day colourful and unique exhibition and attracts lakhs of tourists from all over the
world. The main attractions of the fiesta are camel and horse races, cultural performances, exhibitions,
magic shows, the longest moustache competition, bridal competition. Besides, this fair is renowned for
being one of the world’s largest cattle fairs.Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela is a 9-day annual event that
attracts traders, artisans, and tourists from across the country and promises a vibrant and fun-filled
event. Besides all the religious activities, the fair is a truly entertaining affair for people of all
WHY IS PUSHKAR FAIR CELEBRATED?
Pushkar fair is organised to celebrate the importance of Karthik Purnima. This gives people
an opportunity to wash away their past sins. The first eight (8) days of the fair are kept
for competitions and cultural performances and the last day is reserved for different
religious activities, such as offering prayers at the Brahma Temple, bathing in Pushkar Lake
and Maha Aarti. It is believed by the people that all 330 million Hindu Gods and Goddesses
come to Pushkar Lake on the full moon night of the Karthik month i.e, on Kartik Purnima to
bless the devotees. Pilgrims from across the world come to Pushkar every year and take a dip
in the lake to commemorate the event.
The other intention of the Pushkar Fair is to bring tradesmen together for commercial
activities. Talented artists from across the globe, such as magicians, dancers, and snake
charmers, come to Pushkar Mela to showcase their skills and entertain the crowd.
Camel Shows:Thousands of beautifully dressed camels are the focal points of the
Pushkar Fair. Over 25,000 camels are traded at Pushkar Fair every year.
Cattle Fair: Cattle owners from across the state dress up their cattle, including
cows, horses, goats, and sheep, in colourful clothing and bring them to this grand event
Cultural Performances: The fair hosts amazing cultural performances, such as folk
dances, acrobats, matka phod competitions and bride and groom contests.
Moustache Competition: Growing long and thick moustaches is a matter of pride for
Rajasthani men. Thus, Pushkar Fair also organises a moustache competition that sees
participation in large numbers.
Souvenirs: The colourful stalls at the fair sell a range of local products that
can take back home as souvenirs. From Rajasthani garments, bags and jewellery to
brassware, toys, decorative pieces and handicrafts to camels.Camel souvenirs are most
popular among tourists visiting the fair.
Religious Activities: Locals as well as the devotees bathe in the holy Pushkar
participate in Maha Aarti, and perform other rituals such as Deepandaan and Pushkar
THINGS TO DO IN PUSHKAR FAIR
Enjoy desert camping or glamping
Try camel safari
Take a hot air balloon ride
Participate in the Harmony Half Marathon
Take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake
Relish local delicacies
Engage yourself in handicrafts shopping
RITUALS OF PUSHKAR FESTIVAL
These five days are a period of relaxation and merry-making for the villagers.Animals, mainly
camels, are brought from miles around for trading. Camels are cleaned, washed, adorned, some are
interestingly shorn to form patterns, and special stalls are set up selling finery and jewellery
for the camels. Camels at the Pushkar fair are decorated.They wear jewellery of silver and
beads. There are silver bells and bangles around their ankles that jingle-jangle when they walk.
An interesting ritual is the piercing of a camel's nose.
The Pushkar Fair is celebrated every year on the holy Kartik Purnima. The full moon day in the Hindu
lunar month of Kartik.
Q.Where is the Pushkar Fair celebrated?
Pushkar Camel Festival is celebrated in the small town of Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Q.What is the religious importance of the Pushkar Fair?
The pilgrims take a holy dip in Pushkar Lake during the Pushkar Fair. This is the auspicious time of the
year, as it is believed that if someone takes a holy bath on the day of the full moon, that person
receives special blessings. It is also believed to bring good fortune and wash away all sins.
Q.What is the entry fee for Pushkar Camel Fair 2022?