The Kartik, or Kartika month, in a traditional Hindu calendar is one of the holiest months and the most important religious and spiritual event during the month is the Kartik Snaan – taking a holy dip in sacred ponds, tirths and rivers. In 2012, the date of holy dip in
(Sarovar) on Kartika Purnima is November 29. The Poornima or full moon day in Kartik month is considered auspicious for the holy bath especially at Pushkar Lake during Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan. Pushkar Lake
The Pushkar sarovar is noted for the fifty two bathing ghats and each is supposed to be sacred in its own right. Hindu devotees believe that a dip or having a holy bath in the waters of the
on Kartika Purnima is equivalent to performing austerities and yagnas for several hundred years. Pushkar Lake
The water of
is also believed to have healing powers. Pushkar Lake
Today, Pushkar is noted for the highly commercialized world famous Pushkar Camel Fair which is held during the same period of Kartika Snaan. But despite the crass commercialization of the Pushkar fair, thousands of devotees attend the annual Kartik Purnima snaan seeking Moksha.