Pushkar – Cultural Extravaganza
Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. Pushkar lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. The date of its actual origin 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 a glimpse of Vishnu. The town frequently visited by the devotees lies to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its multitudes of bathing ghats and temples. Pushkar is a very important pilgrimage center for the Hindus and is thronged by a plethora of sadhus and devotees. Pushkar is recognized in the country for its Camel Fair which takes place here each October/November. This huge assembly of camels, cattle, livestock traders, pilgrims, tourists, photographers, and film-makers is one of the planet’s most incredible events. Personally for me, Pushkar Fair was no less than an encyclopedia on the tradition and culture of the state of Rajasthan. It looked like the better population of the state had gathered at one place and at one time. It seemed to me as if the whole state had come alive at Pushkar to stand witness to its pulsating cultural heritage. Villagers who had gathered from all around the state were in great celebration mood, breaking all the barriers of hectic schedules and diversities of their lives.