Reason Behind Why Pushkar Camel Fair is Celebrated
Pushkar is famously regarded as one of the five dhams revered by Hindus. In Ramayana, a famous Hindu epic, Pushkar has been cited as the land where Rishi Vishvamitra carried out a tapasya. It is also said that Menaka, an apsara from the heaven, visited Pushkar. Pushkar was also cited in the 2000 year old Mahabharata. According to the Mahabharata, Yudhishthara bathed in Pushkara Lake before going to Sindh.
Today, it is famous for its beautiful lakes, splendid Ghats, and the only Brahma temple in the country. But that’s not all; annual cattle and camel fair is one of the other major attractions of this place. But why this fair is celebrated every year? The answer to this question goes back to ancient history.
A cattle fair is held in conjunction with the holy festival. Hundreds of shops sell camels, horses, bulls, cows and much more. This is an ideal example of how the religious faith and commercial interest of the human society come together. In this way, Pushkar fair embodies the true spirit of India.
The fair today has taken a gigantic proportion so much so that the otherwise tiny village seems to burst at seams with population during the peak period of the festival. Besides the religious rituals, trading these is one of the most important activities in Pushkar Festival, which has lent it a certain socio-economic importance.
Every year the fair clashes with the Kartik festival. It is believed that all the 330 million Hindu gods and goddesses descend upon the Pushkar Lake on the day of Poornima or full moon night. As a result, thousands of pilgrims congregate for a holy dip at the Pushkar Lake to wash away their misdeeds and show respect to the Jagat Pitta Shri Brahma temple, the sole Brahma Mandir of the world. The water of the lake is believed to have magical healing properties.